11:00AM, Friday 04 June 2021
Datchet put up a decent fight as they went down to a five-wicket defeat to Home Counties Division 1 leaders Henley on Saturday.
Electing to bat on winning the toss, Joe Barrett’s side managed 216-6 from their 50 overs, with impressive hauls from Ben Brookes (82) and Joseph Thomas (59). But the consistency Barrett has been calling for just wasn’t there in a patchy batting display that also saw Billy Mead and Oliver Haley depart without troubling the scorer.
Thomas’ 59 included five sixes and two fours. Henley’s Tom Nugent stuck to his task however, taking 4-47 to leave the outcome very much in the balance.
Captain Michael Roberts was removed for a duck by Haley (1-43) after facing only four deliveries, but this did not precipitate the collapse Datchet were hoping.
Tom Scriven got their innings motoring along with 70 from 74 balls, while Richard Morris’s 70 was slightly flashier and included nine boundaries. Euan Woods (39no) and Euan Brock (4no) finished unbeaten at the end as closed in for victory with five overs and wickets in hand. The result leaves Datchet in third place, 27 points behind Henley.
In Division 2 Wargrave moved up to fourth after beating Horspath by 22 runs on Saturday.
Batting first after winning the toss, Wargrave managed 196 before being bowled out in the 49th over. Rhys Lewis (45) and Mishan Silva (63) produced their best efforts with the bat, but a couple of failures with the bat in the middle order, Mohammed Ilyas and Neal Robinson both falling for ducks to Anupam Sanklecha (2-37) opened the door for Horspath.
Horspath made a reasonable start with the bat, moving into contention at 120-4, with Elliot Ruff contributing 44 and Stephen Green 28. However, Toby Greatwood (3-30), John Child (2-30) and Rhys Lewis (3-24) stuck to their task to ensure they could only add another 54 runs.
Slough were beaten for the first time this season as they lost by seven wickets in a disappointing display against Wokingham.
Having been put into bat on their own wicket, Slough managed just 135 from 44.3 overs, with Dan Lincoln managing 34 as partners came and went without reaching double figures. Mohammed Avas Anwar finished on 25 not out before running out of partners as the hosts struggled to build partnerships against Wokingham’s solid bowling attack. Chris Peploe finished with figures of 3-24 while Max Uttley took 3-20. Wokingham’s reply was relatively straightforward once captain Danny Housego got into his stride. He scored 62 not out with ample support from Sukhmeet Khan (37no) as Wokingham finished on 139 in the 44th over. Slough picked up only three points for their efforts and sit seventh in the table.
Billy Presbury, 21, of Moray Drive, and Kai Warwick, 19, of Whiteford Road, targeted a trio of teenage boys in Farnham Park on June 1, 2019.