Seconds Undone By Marlow Skipper
By James Wheeler
The Second Team were beaten by eight wickets due to the Marlow captain Imran Nawaz's matching winning performance of 125 not out and and four wickets with the ball.
Following rain the previous day and on the morning of the game the start was delayed by 35 minutes and the match reduced to 45 overs a side.
Toby Wastling won the toss and decided to bat. After the loss of an early wicket, Matt Bowyer and Ant McCormack put on 57 together. Bowyer played an array of shots. He was gifted with a free hit for his first ball, which he slapped through wide mid wicket for four. He found the boundary on six further occasions the most pleasing being the on drive and the cut forward of point. McCormack proceeded more steadily, but when a short ball sat up in front of him, he was on to it in a flash and smashed it to the boundary.
Both were out four short of a half century, but there was time for a run a ball 36 from Richard Ambrose and 30 from 31 balls from Toby Wastling which ensured a score in excess of 200 and maximum batting points.
Following success for Nick Grant in his second over, our bowling lacked the firepower needed to take wickets. The only further joy was when both batsman found themselves in the same half of the pitch, leaving Bowyer the straightforward task of delivering the ball into James Hawkes’ gloves for him to knock the bails off.
Jake Seagrave bowled well and pegged the scoring rate back. But with Imran Nawaz scoring his 125 from 119 balls supported by a solid 36 from Graeme Paskins, victory for Marlow came with nearly seven overs to spare.
Maidenhead and Bray, Amersham and Kew who were previously in fourth, fifth and sixth places all lost, so the Second Team remain in third.