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Thames Valley Cricket League: Ali's 84 not enough as Boyne Hill lose by four wickets to Gerrards Cross

Sajid Ali

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BOYNE HILL CC

Sajid Ali made 84 for Boyne Hill on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough for victory as his side lost by four wickets to Gerrards Cross in TVL Division 1.

Boyne Hill lost to Gerrards Cross by four wickets in TVL Division 1 on Saturday, despite Sajid Ali’s fine innings of 84.

Having been inserted by the visitors, Tom Mellor’s side managed 177 before being bowled out in the 36th over.

James McLellan kept Ali company at the crease for a time, making 32, but Richard Knudsen (4-30) and Joe Abbott (3-43) made sure the home side didn’t bat out their overs.

In reply Cross reached their target for the loss of six wickets in the 39th over. Siddique (94no) anchored his side to victory with support from Ben Lane (32).

Hill remain third in the division, level on 59 points with Cross in fourth.

Mellor’s side travel to Falkland on Saturday.

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NORTH MAIDENHEAD CC

North Maidenhead struggled to chase down Cove’s total of 361-2 as they lost by 145 runs on Saturday.

Having won the toss the home side quickly settled into their rhythm, with Farr making 132 and Sinclair 111. Their efforts alone would probably have been enough for victory but, for good measure, Redhead added 42 and Roylance 41.

In response Yasir Quereshi top scored with 31 as North Maids batted out their overs for 216-8. Khan managed 28 and Mahmood was unbeaten on 27 at the end.

Majid Ashraf’s side sit second from bottom, just a point above bottom side Beaconsfield. They host leaders Ickenham on Saturday.

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STOKE GREEN CC

Stoke Green’s fine start to the TVL Division 1 season continued with Saturday’s 31-run win over Slough 2nds.

Having won the toss Stoke Green managed 196-7 from their 40 overs, with Wajid blasting 46. Slough 2nds’ hopes of victory were blighted by the fall of wickets as they were bowled out for 165 in the 32nd over. Zulfiqar Butt finished with 4-12 for the home side.

Stoke Green host Cove on Saturday.

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MAIDENHEAD & BRAY CC

There was a narrow defeat for Maidenhead & Bray in TVL Division 2A on Saturday as they lost by just nine runs to Amersham 2nds.

Having won the toss the visitors managed a more than competitive 209-10 from their 39.5 overs, and had Chris Flemming (100) to thank for driving the total beyond 200 runs. For Maidenhead, Aziz took 3-33 and Child 4-31, but the chase proved too much of a challenge.

Cunliffe (64) and captain Brett van Niekerk (40) kept Maidenhead & Bray in the hunt, but an absorbing and even contest was ended when the 10th wicket fell in the final over with the score on 200. The home side collected 12 points for their efforts and sit mid-table in fifth. They visit Henley 2nds on Saturday.

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HURST CC

James Watt made 85 with the bat as Hurst squeezed home for a 10-run win at Binfield in TVL Division 2B.

A first-wicket partnership of 75 between Watt and Ruksham Sosa (43) set the tone for a fine batting display, while Oliver Lovegrove was unbeaten at the close on 51 as the visitors made 224-4 from their 40 overs.

Binfield’s reply was littered with more wickets but they ended up getting close to Hurst’s total. Matt Humphrey (31), Shaun Miller (40) and Mike Staves (30) kept them in the hunt before the side was bowled out for 214 in the final over. The best of Hurst’s bowling stats went to Lewis Smith (3-30) and Todd Lindley (3-50) while Nick Reynold’s also took 2-33.

Second placed Hurst visit Kidmore End on Saturday.

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WINDSOR CC

In TVL Division 3A there was an agonizing one run defeat for Windsor, who just failed to chase down Aldershot for victory.

Hosts Aldershot won the toss and elected to bat, making 206-9 from their overs, with Callum Grover their chief contributor with 60 runs. Ben Harris provided able support with 53, while Kai Ziemkendorf rallied for Windsor with 4-32.

Vishail Nair was the mainstay of Windsor’s response, making 81 before being run out by Faisal Abbas. Ollie Jordan (29) and Ryan Lewin (26) supported well, but from a strong position of 156-5 the run rate slowed as they played out their overs for 205-9. Third placed Windsor host Sonning on Saturday.

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TAPLOW CC

Sonning chased down Taplow for a one-wicket win in TVL Division 3A in an evenly matched tie.

Having won the toss Taplow started reasonably well with the bat as Qumber Naqvi (32) and Adil Raja (49) helped move the side to 95-3, however, a middle and lower order collapse saw the run-rate slow as they finished their overs on 179-9.

Sonning’s innings followed a very similar pattern as runs were scored and wickets fell. Zahid Mohammed made 39 and Jacob Fitton 41 in a stand of 52, but it was James Boshier’s undefeated 34 further down the order which proved match-defining as Sonning reached their target with one wicket in hand in the 35th over.

Taplow host Sulhamstead on Saturday.

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WHITE WALTHAM CC

In the same division Royal Ascot beat White Waltham by five wickets in a high-scoring contest. Having been inserted Waltham’s innings was one of famine and feast, with Chris Metherell (57), Andrew Parham (55) and Ben Scarborough (56no) all making half centuries, while Simon Jessup (4), Andy Elliott (0), Jonathan Mahoney (0), Umar Butt (5), Jordan Thomas (0) and Cloudesley Long (2), all departed without really troubling the scorer. They still finished on 226-8, and looked to have the edge when Royal Ascot found themselves struggling on 15-3.

However, Andrew Murray’s 109 not out anchored the visitors to victory with Adam Smith (31), Billy Baker (37) and Gareth Baker (15no) providing significant support.

Royal Ascot visit Boyne Hill 2nds while White Waltham are on the road at Cove 2nds this weekend.

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FARNHAM ROYAL CC

In TVL Division 3B Farnham Royal were chased down with just two balls to go in Saturday’s one-wicket defeat to NPL.

Having won the toss Farnham Royal made 218-9 from their overs with L Khan (58) and Pulsford (52) resisting the likes of T McIntosh (3-43) and L Pearson (3-46).

In their reply T Pitts managed 57 as NPL squeezed home with one wicket and two balls in hand. This Saturday third placed Royal host second placed Marlow.

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MARLOW CC

Marlow nipped above Royal with a three-wicket win over Burnham 2nds on Saturday. Having elected to bat Burnham made 172 before their innings was wrapped up in the 39th over. L Dennison (3-23) and A Searle (3-21) were Marlow’s chief wicket-takers. In reply Nick Paskins made a half century 59 not out and C Bull added 30not out as the home side eased home to 174-7 in the 28th over.

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WRAYSBURY CC

In the same division Wraysbury beat Stoke Green 2nds by seven wickets, with A Yasin turning in a man-of-the-match display, taking 4-32 with the ball before smashing 73 with the bat.

Having opted to bat Green were dismissed for 176 in the 40th over. Yasin finished with his side’s best figures of 4-32 but N Baig was less profligate, taking 3-6.

Yasin then powered Wraysbury to their total, hitting 73, while G Morgan and M Ward both managed 33 as they got to 180-3 in the 28th over.

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WOOBURN NARKOVIANS CC

In Division 5A Wooburn Narkovians produced a miserly display of bowling to beat Amersham 3rds by 92 runs.

Having made 272-6 from their 40 overs, with James White top scoring with 76 not out, they restricted Amersham to 180-7, with Martin Tennant the best of their bowlers with 2-25. Mark Tennant also managed 1-11 off eight overs.

Victory keeps the Narkovians second in the table, level on 73 points with leaders Farnham Common who beat Hayes 2nds by 79 runs. Having set Hayes a target of 286 for victory, Common bowled out their hosts for 206 in 39 overs.

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MARLOW PARK CC

In Division 9B Marlow Park forfeited their match against Windsor, handing their opponents 22 points.

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