Stoke Green set for title and promotion after victory over closest rivals Gerrards Cross

Stoke Green all but cemented their Thames Valley League Division 1 title win with Saturday’s five-wicket victory over Gerrards Cross, their closest rivals for the honour and promotion to Home Counties cricket.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat, making 197 before being bowled out in the 50th over, with Snashall scoring 70 to lay the foundations for a defendable score.

Green’s response was pretty emphatic with Munir making 80 runs to help the hosts to 201-5 in 40.1 overs.

It represents a fine achievement for Green and their captain Sukh Dhillon, who also lifted the Julian Cup this season after victory over Burnham in the final and reached the final four of the National Village Cup. That defeat to Calmore Sports had the potential to derail Green’s season at a crucial juncture, but the players managed to refocus on the title run and Saturday’s trip to Ickenham now looks likely to be a coronation for Dhillon and his players.

Elsewhere in Division 1 Cookham Dean will bring a largely underwhelming season to a close with a trip to Gerrards Cross on Saturday, with the side set to finish mired in mid-table anonymity.

On Saturday there was a late uptick for Ben Millar’s side, as they beat relegated Slough 2nds by 28 runs.

Having been put into bat Dean made 268-4 from their 50 overs with Yasir Qureshi finishing on 100 not out. He was ably supported by Sohil Mangat (37) and Shahzad Asghar (57no) who was also unbeaten at the end.

Samad Fallah then took 4-53 as Slough were bowled out for 240 in the 47th over. Syed Kazim Naqv was their top scorer with 48.

Fourth placed Boyne Hill look like they’re finishing the season strongly as they beat Cove by 59 runs on Saturday.

Having won the toss, Hill set their hosts a target of 239-6 from their 50 overs, with captain Tom Mellor finishing unbeaten on 82 and Ziya Mohamed making 57. Cove couldn’t get close, finishing on 180-8 with Hamid Riaz taking 4-12 to restrict their progress.

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