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Tring Park CC - 3rd XI
Taplow CC - 2nd XI
Sat 6 Jul 13:00 - Thames Valley Cricket League - Division 5A Start time 13:00

Third Team Trounce Taplow

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The Third Team produced one of their finest performances of the summer as they beat top of the table Taplow by seven wickets at London Road last weekend. The visitors won the toss and elected to make first use of an excellent batting wicket.

The decision backfired as opening bowler Jake Seagrave, playing his first game for the Third Team this summer destroyed the Taplow top order with an excellent spell of swing and seam bowling. Seagrave dismissed three of Taplow’s top four in an incisive 10 over spell.

Taplow’s number five Asif Butt looked to counter attack with some extraordinary strokes as he looked to grab the game back for the visitors. Captain Chris Curry brought himself into the attack and a tight 12 over spell saw him dismiss Butt LBW with a clever piece of bowling.

Teenage prodigy Ed Pike was introduced by Curry and tied up the Taplow middle order with an excellent spell of spin bowling. Pike who has switched to bowl spin full time in the recent months, bowled with great control and was rewarded with two wickets from 15 overs and conceded only 38 runs.

Aqarab Hussain and Summer Abbas put on 47 for the seventh wicket as Taplow pushed towards a competitive total. Toby Seagrave, held back by captain Curry, cleaned up the tail picking up 3-27 as the visitors were bowled out for 174.

The Third Team got off to the worst possible start when James Wheeler was dismissed in the first over. His opening partner Rory Wood fell shortly afterwards as the Third Team slipped to 24-2. With the match on a knife edge, Ant McCormack and Benn Kempster (pictured) kept the Taplow bowling attack at bay. The batting styles of the pair complemented each other in the chase as they looked to give the Third Team the platform to win.

During his innings, Kempster picked up both calf and groin injuries which hampered his ability to run between the wickets. He took inspiration from the great Gordon Greenidge who always used to bat better with a limp as he decided to deal in boundaries as he struck the ball to all parts. With the pain getting worse, Rory Wood came out to act as a runner as the Third Team raced towards the target. Both men registered brilliant half centuries with McCormack using resolute defence and excellent timings while Kempster played powerful strokes all around the ground.

With victory only a few runs away, Kempster was dismissed two runs shy of a second century of the season and it was left to captain Curry to hit the winning runs as McCormack finished unbeaten on 58.

Scorecard

Taplow CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat

Taplow CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Sher Afgan
b. J Seagrave
9
16
0
0
56.3
Simon Goodrham
b. E Pike
33
89
0
0
37.1
Haseeb Haider
ct. J Maggs, b. J Seagrave
8
26
0
0
30.8
Andy Mills
ct. T Seagrave, b. J Seagrave
4
8
0
0
50.0
Asif Butt
lb. C Curry
14
8
0
0
175.0
Aqarab Hussain
ct. D Tidey, b. T Seagrave
38
54
0
0
70.4
Nick Malik
b. E Pike
5
11
0
0
45.5
Summer Abbas
ro. Unsure
28
 
Farhad Abbas
ct. C Curry, b. T Seagrave
16
14
0
0
114.3
Faheem Abbas
ct. E Pike, b. T Seagrave
0
2
0
0
0.0
Saqib Malik
Not Out
5
 
Extras
10w, 4b
14
Total
for 10 wickets 49.1 overs
174

Tring Park CC - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Jake Seagrave
10
2
31
3
3.1
Tom Darling
5
1
25
0
5.0
Chris Curry
12
1
49
1
4.1
Edward Pike
15
3
38
2
2.5
Toby Seagrave
7.1
0
27
3
3.9

Tring Park CC - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
James Wheeler
ct. A Mills, b. F Abbas
2
3
0
0
66.7
Rory Wood
b. S Malik
13
24
0
0
54.2
Anthony McCormack
Not Out
58
93
62.4
Benn Kempster
ct. S Abbas, b. N Malik
98
88
0
0
111.4
Chris Curry
Not Out
4
1
400.0
Daniel Tidey
Did Not Bat
 
Jake Seagrave
Did Not Bat
 
Edward Pike
Did Not Bat
 
Tom Darling
Did Not Bat
 
Joe Maggs
Did Not Bat
 
Toby Seagrave
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
 
0
Total
for 3 wickets 36 overs
175

Taplow CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Farhad Abbas
10
1
47
1
4.7
Saqib Malik
7
2
16
1
2.3
Summer Abbas
6
0
30
0
5.0
Haseeb Haider
8
1
58
0
7.3
Faheem Abbas
3
0
21
0
7.0
Nick Malik
2
0
3
1
1.5

Team selection

League round up

Other Division 5A results

Wraysbury CC - 2nd XI
104/2
100
Farnham Common CC - 1st XI
Princes Risborough CC - 1st XI
252/7
238
Hayes (Middlesex) CC - 2nd XI
140/0
137
Chalfont St Peter CC - 1st XI
Burnham CC, Bucks - 3rd XI
279/6
207
Kew CC - 3rd XI

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# Team Pts
4. Hayes (Middlesex) CC - 2nd XI 161
5. Princes Risborough CC - 1st XI 142
6. Chalfont St Peter CC - 1st XI 133
7. Farnham Common CC - 1st XI 132
8. Burnham CC, Bucks - 3rd XI 125
9. Tring Park CC - 3rd XI 125
10. Kew CC - 3rd XI 81

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