Thames Valley League round-up: Defeat sees Hill slip to fourth

In Division 1, Boyne Hill were defeated by a slender eight runs against Falkland on Saturday.

At the crease, Falkland managed 273-5 from 50 overs with J Bird (120) and J Ives (54) contributing impressively in the first innings.

Hill’s response was promising as Hamid Riaz (52), James Hammerton (45), Ibrahim Zadran (44), and P Kumar (36) knocked solid figures.

However, Falkland’s bowlers were formidable and managed to get Tom Mellor’s team all out on 265 runs from 48.5 overs.

As a result, the sides trade places in the table with Falkland now third and Hill in fourth.

In Division 2A, Maidenhead & Bray won their fixture against Kew by five wickets.

Electing to bat first upon winning the toss, Kew racked up a total of 122 all out from 36.1 overs. C Weehs (55) was their brightest batsman while J Masih (3-41) and L Blackwell (4-21) bowled Maidenhead’s best.

In reply, Maidenhead chased down the target relatively comfortably with W Whitson (34) and K Vaja (30) contributing well while Y Sawad (4-26) quashed a handful of the hosts.

Maidenhead emerged victorious just past the 30th over, managing 124-5. They move up to sixth place.

Elsewhere in the division, Marlow also picked up a five-wicket victory when they welcomed Hayes to their ground at the weekend.

Batting first, the visitors endured a tough time suppressing infamous spinners Harry Williams and Kester Charlemagne with the pair taking 3-33 and 4-30 respectively.

Captain Harman Momi (31) was Hayes’ best batsman as they concluded the first innings 177 all out from 41.3 overs.

Marlow’s skipper Sergio Fedee stole the show in reply, knocking 51no as middle order batsman. The hosts reached the total with five wickets to spare, recording 179 runs from 39.5 overs.

Marlow remain in second place in the division.

In Division 2B, Hurst defeated Kidmore End by 101 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.

Put in to bat first, Hurst tallied up 165-3 – with a revised D/L target of 187 – from 32 overs. Harkaran Mann top scored with 80 runs and captain Lewis Smith added 52 at the crease.

In reply, Kidmore put 85 runs on the board and were bowled all out in 22.3 overs. Jake Leach (43) batted the best as Nick Reynolds (3-27) and Philip Higgs (3-22) displayed some reliable bowling.

As a result, Hurst move up to fourth in the league.

In Division 3A, Windsor beat Boyne Hill 2nds by three wickets.

Batting first, Hill managed 154 all out from 39.2 overs, with Dom Pike (55) achieving a half-century before being caught out by Vishal Nair. Ryan Lewin also took 4-17 with the ball.

In reply, Lewin achieved 32no with the bat and Nair scored one less with 31, to make up Windsor’s best batsmen.

Devansh Bhikhan bowled an impressive 4-44, but at the end of the second innings, Windsor had managed 157-7 from 38 overs.

They stay in second place in the division.

Near rivals Royal Ascot were also victorious, defeating Finchampstead 3rds by six wickets on Saturday.

Having been inserted, Finchampstead were put under pressure at the crease by Ascot’s Tom Walsingham (3-20) and Nick Wiggett (4-35) with Gareth Fearon (35) scoring the best runs with the bat.

At the end of the first innings, Finchampstead had managed 154 all out from 38.1 overs.

Ascot’s chase was straight forward, as James Wensley (26), Michael Breet (61), and Walsingham (34no) displayed some steadfast batting.

They surrendered just four wickets, managing 155 runs from 36.3 overs. As a result, they stay atop of the division.

Elsewhere in the division, fifth-placed White Waltham lost to Aldershot by six runs, but eighth-placed Taplow beat high-flying Sonning by 14 runs.

In Division 3B, Wraysbury won by 73 runs against visitors Farnham Royal.

Put in to bat first, the hosts scored 251-8 from 36 overs, thanks to Daniel Ward (57), Jayesh Mohan (71), Hikmatullah Kakar (47), and Waqas Khan (33).

Muizz Niese (3-63) and Ben Pulsford (4-53) were the best of Royal’s spinners.

Bilal Mohammad (44), Marwan Mohammad (50), and Dale Barton (45) gave Royal optimism in reply, but their attempts of reaching the target was slowed by Kakar’s 5-31.

At the end of the second innings, Royal had managed 178 all out from 32.5 overs.

Wraysbury stay in pole position while Royal remain in third in the division.

In Division 5A, Wooburn Narkovians lost to Wraysbury 2nds by 78 runs, and Farnham Common beat Chalfont St Peter by 55 runs using the average run rate (ARR) method.

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