Cricket round-up: Smidt delivers Wokingham win
Published 2 Jul 2012 10:30 0 Comments
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Finchampstead's JJ Dewes shows his frustration during the loss to Reading. 122933.
STEVIE Smidt smashed an unbeaten 82 from just 62 balls to guide Wokingham to a four-wicket win over Henley 2nds.
The victory moves the Oaks up into second in Thames Valley Division One, 19 points behind pace-setters Reading.
Asked to bowl first by Henley, Wokingham enjoyed a couple of early breakthroughs through Will Ellison (2-39) and Smidt (2-66).
But Henley held firm and managed to reach 200-6 at the close thanks largely to contributions from Prakash Gurung (48) and Andrew White (50).
In response, Wokingham saw openers Dan Reddyhough (3) and Ruki Soza (2) fall cheaply before losing further wickets to slip to 74-6.
However, a superb unbeaten stand between Chris Nicholas (45*) and Smidt (82) ensured the visitors came out on top with five overs to spare.
Finchampstead are still searching for their first win in Division One after suffering an 88-run defeat to Reading.
David Barr hit a fine century alongside opener Gareth Harte (81) to help Reading post an imposing total of 269-3.
And Finch struggled in reply as David Hartley took 5-24 to bowl the home side out for 181.
In Division 2a, Simon Mugava (78) and Scott Dyer (54*) both scored half centuries to help Eversley ease to an eight-wicket win over Cookham Dean.
Chris Last returned bowling figures of 5-35 as Cookham were dismissed for 137 and Eversley chased the total down comfortably.
Andy English hit a half century as Royal Ascot held on to draw against Henley 3rds in Divsion 3a.
Henley reached 245-5 batting first and then had Ascot on the brink at 218-9, but James Summers' side managed to see out the allotted overs.
Bracknell remain rooted to the foot of Division 4b after losing by 92 runs to Theale & Tilehurst.
Andrew Wigmore smashed a century as Theale reached 254-4 and despite the best efforts of Hafiz Mahmood (87), Bracknell were bowled out for 162.