DAN Housego produced an impressive unbeaten innings of 75 to lead Wokingham to a six-wicket victory at Burnham last Saturday, writes Dave Wright.

The Oaks have struggled to reproduce their home form on their travels this season, so this was a particularly pleasing win at The Memorial Ground.

Skipper Stuart Parsons elected to field first on winning the toss and it proved a good decision.

Of the home batsmen, only Nehman Nadeem and skipper Rizwan Nadeem managed to get to 35, with another five only getting into the 20s.

The wickets fell at regular intervals with evergreen Simon Myles taking 4-46 from 11 overs with his steady medium pacers and spinner Max Uttley 3-85 after a long shift of 23 overs.

Iain Muirden claimed 1-40 and, with Myles running out Rizwan, Wokingham did well to contain their hosts to 219-9 in their 58 overs.

The Oaks made a steady start to their reply with captain Stuart Parsons and Archie Carter putting on 87 for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed for 41 which came off 47 balls.

Parsons need just 47 deliveries to reach his half-century, but five runs later he lost his wicket, having hit a six and eight boundaries.

Myles and Housego lifted the total from 104 to 178, when the former was bowled by Raza Ali Dar for 30 and at 202 Michael Bates (12) was dismissed by the same bowler.

Now joined by Sukhi Kang (6no), player-coach Housego stayed to the end, his 75 coming off as many balls and containing a six and 10 fours as the Oaks sealed victory at 221-4 in the 48th over.

Their fifth win in nine games lifts Wokingham up two places to fourth at the mid-point of their Home Counties Premier League Division Two fixtures.

They are 23 points behind Thame Town in second place and, if they continue to perform as they have in their last two matches, then they should be very much involved in the promotion race.

They are away again this coming Saturday, visiting eighth-in-the-table Cookham Dean and will be seeking a double, having beaten them by 48 runs on the opening day of the league season in May.

Meanwhile, Carter completed his Wellington College cricket career with an impressive total of 1,083 runs for the season.

Last week he led them to victory over Brighton College and Oakham School in the BOWS Festival, but they were beaten by hosts Sedbergh School.