08:30AM, Friday 05 August 2022
Stoke Green pictured in action against Cookham Dean.
Stoke Green have reclaimed their position at the top of Thames Valley League Division 1 table following a five-wicket win over Burnham on Saturday afternoon.
Prior to the toss of the coin, Gagan Singh’s men had suffered consecutive league defeats, first to Eversley and then against Cookham Dean last week.
However, Green got back to their best at the Memorial Ground and restricted Burnham to 159 all out from 31 overs with thanks to Singh (3-66) and Zulfi Butt (3-33).
V Yadav and O Sarwar were Burnham’s best batsmen meanwhile, posting 61 and 71 runs respectively.
With the bat, Green managed 163-5 from 33 overs with J Ali (64), Singh (30), and S Singh (33) all striking healthy contributions while Yadav (2-28) and A Malik (2-23) achieved reasonable figures with the ball.
As a result, Adnan Shabbir’s men remain rooted at the foot of the table.
Boyne Hill beat Beaconsfield by three wickets to stay in the promising position of fourth.
Put in to bat first, Beaconsfield totted up a respectable 235 all out from 51 overs with impressive knocks coming from D Justus (59), N Khan (50no), and Z Ashraf (48).
P Kumar (4-55), S Fallah (3-49), and O Ilyas (3-64) were Hill’s star bowlers.
In the second innings, N Janed (80), I Butt (44no), and skipper Ziya Mohamed (37) helped Hill on their way to achieving 239-7 from 43.5 overs.
Elsewhere in the division, Cookham Dean drew with Eversley and, taking 14 points from the encounter, stay in seventh.
Marlow missed out on the opportunity to get back into the top three of Division 2A having lost to Chesham 2nds by two wickets.
Decided to bat first, James Martin’s side got off to a thoroughly impressive start with opening partnership Imran Nawaz (84) and Will Bovill (71) striking over 150 runs combined.
Young player Taran Sohi chalked up three runs from the crease next before he was caught out, only for veteran Graeme Paskins to get the ball rolling again with 62.
From 49.4 overs, Marlow managed 278-9 dec.
In reply, Chesham started in a more sluggish manner with opening batsmen Santhosh Suresh (28) and Ben Harris (1) dismissed without much to their names.
However, with Henry Moore now at the crease, Harry Spear (2-77) had his work cut out for him as the batsman knocked a robust 135no.
Sam North (4-42) did well to stifle Moore’s partners but in the end, Chesham had achieved 280-8 from 49.2 overs.
Wraysbury have slipped into third place after losing to Uxbridge by 24 runs at the Green.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Uxbridge scored 295-8 from 52 overs with thanks to Amaan Quadri (57), Syed Waqar Ali Shah (101), and Qaiss Raja (46).
Hikmatullah Kakar and Waqas Khan were the pick of Wraysbury’s bowlers, meanwhile, earning 3-64 and 4-42 respectively.
Andy Prasad (58) and Naeem Baig (78) swatted some impressive numbers in the chase but after 47.2 overs, Wraysbury had managed 271 all out.
In Division 2B, Royal Ascot lifted themselves from the bottom of the table and into ninth place following a 67-run win over Binfield, fourth-placed Hurst beat Wokingham 2nds by a whopping 164 runs, while Fleet dropped to the foot of the division after a 121-run loss to Finchampstead 2nds.
In Division 3A, Sonning beat White Waltham (ninth) by seven wickets, Windsor (third) lost to Bagshot by 71 runs, and Thatcham Town (eighth) lost to Aldershot by a meagre 12 runs.
In Division 3B, Harefield 2nds knocked Farnham Royal into seventh place with a three-wicket win, while Maidenhead & Bray fall to fifth following a 64-run defeat to Burnham 2nds.
Elsewhere, Wokingham 3rds overcame Taplow (fifth) by four wickets in Division 4A, while Wooburn Narkovians (first) trumped High Wycombe 3rds by five wickets and Farnham Common (sixth) drew with Gerrards Cross 2nds in Division 4B.