MARLOW PARK 1ST X1 v. CHALFONT ST. PETER 2ND X1
Played at Higginson Park, Marlow
On Saturday 26th May 2018
THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE – DIVISION 8B
This match was described by a Marlow Park player as ‘winning ugly’ and nobody disagreed.
Choosing to bat first, Park got off to a flyer with Pete Stephens and Dave Noray finding the boundary eight times between them, then the wheels came off as they both straight drove with a fair bit of meat and gave both bowlers return catches.
The first wicket had fallen on 33 and the sixth fell on 53 as Park’s middle order all waited for a ball on their stumps so that they could play around it and hear the sickening thud as the stumps were displaced. Justin Weller relished the pitch and delivered ten overs taking 4-23. The good thing about this year is that when a bowler reaches that number in a League match he is sent to grass and Park were relieved when he left.
Mo Munsha had a brief partnership with Sam Coote, but on seventy-five Coote signed off and Chris Goosen came in to immediately receive a beamer which he slammed for four. Munsha now took over the role once reserved for Mohammed Jawed – he started to count and being adept in this manner when the ball in the over reached six he hit a single.
During the course of the other balls in the overs he hit fours, thirteen in all with a couple of sixes. When he was allowed to face a ball, Chris Goosen made eight more so when he was out on 140, he had contributed twelve in the stand of sixty-five.
Kim Barlow came in at number ten and during his undefeated stay another 49 vital runs were added with Munsha finally running out of wind and departed with a triumphant 83 to his credit. Marlow Park finished with 189 and looked to their bowlers to deliver a victory.
Zishan Jahangir and Sam Coote bowled twelve overs between them but could not separate the openers, Murray Scott, who had made a century last week and Asif Ahmed who would need a month if he were ever to score one.
Chalfont’s subsequent defeat was initiated by Ahmed taking seventeen overs to score seventeen singles and one two. Scott was becoming more and more frustrated and called Ahmed for a second run which resulted in him being run out. Weller joined Scott and 88 were on the board when Ben Smith struck, bowling Scott for 40. A few overs later he saw two men caught on 117, each Goosen brother taking a catch and with 11 overs to score 73 runs Chalfont’s remaining batsmen said that they were ‘waiting for some pace at the end of the innings’ to find the runs they needed.
They didn’t get it. Kim Barlow and Mo Munsha’s spin was the order of the day and they pinned the challenge down and took Park to a 20 point win by 17 runs – Chalfont St. Peter received ten. For the home side it had been another episode of ‘The Great Escape’.
Pete Stephens c. and b. Gill 21
Dave Noray c. and b. Weller 16
Trevor Glaister b. Weller 0
Derek Goosen b. Gill 7
Adil Hussain b. Weller 2
Mo Munsha b. Kannan 83
Ben Smith b. Weller 4
Sam Coote c. M. Holdship b. May 7
Chris Goosen b. Kannan 12
Kim Barlow not out 20
Zishan Jahangir b. Kannan 0
Fall of wickets: 1-33, 3-33, 3-38, 4-49, 5-49, 6-53, 7-75, 8-140, 9-174, 10-189.
Weller 10-3-23-4, Gill 10-2-44-2, Holdship 5-0-26-0, May 4-0-33-1,
Pabbi 3-0-38-0, Kannan 4.2-0-25-3.
CHALFONT ST. PETER
Asif Ahmed run out 19
Murray Smith b. Smith 40
Justin Weller c. C. Goosen b. Smith 21
Zeeshan Khan c. D. Goosen b. Smith 9
Matthew Holdship b. Barlow 4
Bandar Kannan b. Munsha 14
Kubir Singha b. Munsha 12
Tahir Gill b. Munsha 1
Mohit Pabbi not out 2
Christian May not out 1
Total for 8 wickets 172
Fall of wickets: 1-61, 2-88, 3-117, 4-117, 5-141, 6-154, 7-160, 8-169.
Jahangir 6-0-22-0, Coote 6-0-23-0, Stephens 4-0-17-0, Smith 10-0-36-3,
Barlow 10-2-38-1, Munsha 4-0-20-3.
NPL TEDDINGTON 2ND X1 v. MARLOW PARK 1ST X1
Played at NPL Teddington
On Saturday 19th May 2018
THAMES VALLEYLEAGUE – DIVISION 8B
40 OVERS A SIDE
Marlow Park have exceeded 270 runs in both their League matches this year and this time gave a good thumping to NPL Teddington by 166 runs. To date their batmen have notched up a century, a ninety and three other half-centuries and in this game with no rain to thwart their ambitions, their bowlers nailed the opposition, bringing with it the first hat-trick of the season.
Electing to bat first they had a first wicket stand of 63 between Pete Stephens and Jordan Turner. After Stephens departed with thirty, Dave Noray and Turner flourished until Noray with 37 was caught and Turner who was seemingly cruising to a century, dislocated his knee and retired hurt with 72.
Adil Hussain and Sam Neil wasted little time in the crease, thereby making way for Mo Munsha and Jack Head, who proceeded to put on a stand of 118 before Head was run out on the last ball of the 40-over innings for 55. Munsha stood on 50* and Marlow Park had achieved a score of 278-5.
‘Chasing down’ nearly three hundred runs in 40 overs, NPL’s openers crawled to 23 off thirteen overs (that’s a third of them). Their batting gave little resistance to the Park attack which brought about their total downfall by the thirty-second over when Adil Hussain having bowled ten balls took 4-8 including a hat- trick.
Marlow Park received twenty points for winning and NPL five, presumably for turning up.
Pete Stephens b. Shahid 30
Jordan Turner retired hurt 72
Dave Noray c. Churchman b. McCormick 37
Sam Neil c. Bradley b. Weerasinghe 4
Adil Hussain c. Hyder b. McCormick 4
Mo Munsha not out 50
Jack Head run out 55
Total for 5 wickets 278
Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-140, 3-157, 4-160, 5-278.
Shahid 8-0-44-1, Hyder 5-0-36-0, Bradley 10-0-72-0, Weerasinghe 6-0-2-38-1,
McCormick 8-0-56-2, Khan 4-0-20-0.
Karim Khan LBW b. Jahangir 31
Mike Lee c. Neil b. Jahangir 6
Mohammed Shahid b. Coote 15
Gareth Narinesingh b. Barlow 4
Chris Churchman c. White b. Stephens 16
Ian Woollatt c. Neil b. Hussain 17
George Bradley b. Hussain 0
Sam Hyder c. Neil b. Hussain 0
Venuar Weerasinghe LBW b. Hussain 0
David McCormick not out 3
Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-56, 3-56, 4-75, 5-77, 6-100, 7-200, 8-100, 9-115.
Jahangir 10-1-22-2, Coote 10-1-32-1, Barlow 6-0-28-1, Stephens 4-0-21-1,
MARLOW PARK 1ST X1 v. TRING PARK 4TH X1
Played at Higginson Park, Marlow
On Saturday 12th May 2018
THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE – DIVISION 8B
After some poor early season batting, at last there’s a magnificent League
performance to cherish despite the weather ruining it all.
Tom Buxton set off like a rocket, depositing Ollie Hemlin’s first-ever ball for Tring Park into a deep hedge and then leant on his bat for a considerable time as the inept hunting party rummaged for the shiny object. He struck another six off the same bowler’s next over then never hit another.
For half an hour, Buxton was the dominant partner, but bit by bit Pete Stephens got his act together and was matching his partner shot for shot. In four previous games Park’s total had not exceeded 141, this day that score was overtaken with no wicket lost.
Tring had demolished Kew the previous Saturday, bowling them out for less than 100. This time 190 had been reached when Buxton missed a straight delivery had returned to the pavilion three short of his century. In addition to his two sixes he had struck fifteen fours.
Stephens carried on in the company of tall Ben Smith who hit four fours in his 24, then continued with Trevor Glaister until it rain and rained and rained. Pete Stephens struck two sixes and sixteen fours as he was left high and wet on 123*.
By the laughable rules of the new League scoring system, both sides got 7 points.
Tom Buxton LBW b. Wale 97
Pete Stephens not out 123
Ben Smith b. Wale 24
Trevor Glaister not out 10
Total for 2 wickets 278
Fall of wickets: 1-190, 2-244.
Mohan 9-2-33-0, Hemlin 4-0-33-0, Powell 6-0-41-0, Grout 6-0-59-0,
Wale 9-1-58-2, Bezami 4-0-43-0.
MARLOW PARK v. MUNSHA’S MARAUDERS
Played at Higginson Park, Marlow
On Saturday 28th April 2018
35 overs a side
Wooburn Narkovians failed to raise a side, so Mo Munsha put together an eleven to play the Park in the first of two pre-League ‘warm–up’ matches, so called as it was so cold that only the odd Snowman could survive.
It would be cruel to comment on players’ batting ability in this weekend’s matches as all the winter training had been done in Bars, Pete Stephens being the exception as continued tennis matches had kept his eye in.
His innings of 63 with eight fours and a six ( that’s more than all boundaries hit by the opposition) and Jordan Turner’s 22 were the only double-figure scores made by Marlow Park, as they struggled valiantly to 127 runs off their 35 overs.
Ben Ralphs was Park’s most successful bowler with three wickets in his seven overs but a stand between Shani and Hussain looked a match winner especially after Derek Goosen dropped Hussain at mid-on – but redemption was at hand as he caught him the next over and the batsmen left with twenty-six to his credit.
The match went right down to the wire. Toby Fry was bowling and Shani who had four fours and two sixes to his credit faced the very last ball with three runs needed for victory. He smacked the ball high and long towards long-off where Ralphs took a great catch with his frozen hands to end his innings of 53, which brought victory to Marlow Park by 2 runs. Easy really, wasn’t it!
Pete Stephens c. Jahangir b. Ali 63
Tom Buxton c. Hussain b. Rabani 7
Ben Ralphs c. Hussain b. Ahmed 4
Derek Goosen b. Shaz 4
Ikky Ikram b. Shaz 5
Trevor Glaister b. Ali 1
Jordan Turner b. Hussain 22
Chris Goosen c. Shaz b. Munsha 5
Del Hoggan not out 1
Ben Smith run out 0
Toby Fry b. Munsha 0
Rabani 6-1-24-1, Ahmed 6-1-22-1, Jahangir 5-0-24-0, Shal 7-2-9-2,
Ali 3-0-18-2, Hassain 4-0-6-1, Mohammed 2-0-11-0, Munsha 1-0-2-2.
Shazaib c. and b. Ralphs 10
Khurram c. C. Goosen b. Ralphs 5
Shani c. Ralphs b. Fry 53
Ali LBW b. Ralphs 0
Hussain c. D. Goosen b. Ikram 26
Raheel retired hurt 10
Ahmed c. Ralphs b. Fry 9
Munsha b. Buxton 0
Rabani not out 1
Total for 7 wickets 125
Smith 7-1-16-0, Ralphs 7-0-19-3, Fry 7-0-33-2, Ikram 7-1-35-1,
Stephens 4-0-15-0, Buxton 3-0-11-0.