BEN HARRIS hit his maiden century of the season but Aldershot II suffered a blip in their promotion push with an eight-wicket defeat at Wokingham III on Saturday afternoon. Harris (115*) batted superbly throughout and carried his bat, but lacked support as the visitors were dismissed for 201 in the 46th over. In reply, Neil Mumby (2-21) took both wickets but an unbeaten ton from opener Harry Staples (100*) guided his side to victory with less than ten overs to spare.
Aldershot got off to a promising start to the game, with Harris and Garry Dates motoring along at eight runs an over before the latter (11) was ran out to leave the visitors on 46-1. Charlie O’Brien (2-32) and Cameron Gillespie (3-61) then combined to take a further five quick wickets as Aldershot collapsed to 68-6. Harris then reached his half-century whilst moving past 400 runs as his good season with the bat continued. Neil Mumby (35) offered some resistance at the other end, but David Bishop (3-60) took a couple of quick wickets to leave Aldershot in a bit of trouble.. Harris never looked in danger of being dismissed, and he reached his 12th career century alongside Jamie Grover (19) before earning his side maximum batting points as they moved past 200. The opening batsman was the last man standing as Greg Fanshawe (8) was bowled by Gillespie with Aldershot setting Wokingham 202 runs to win in 54 overs.
The visitors got off a good start in reply, with Mumby bowling Rahul Patel (10) to reduce the hosts to 13-1 before the off-spinner removed Gary Fleming shortly after as the game was in the balance with Wokingham on 53-2. Staples and James Stevens guided their side to 64-2 at the half-way stage, and after the new ball was taken, the pair put on 100 runs off the following 14 overs as they raced towards the victory target. Stephens (56*) then brought up his half-century shortly after, and Staples reached his ton of the final ball of the game, hitting the four runs required to win the game.
Aldershot slip to third in Division 5B of the Thame Valley League, and will look to close the nine-point gap on the promotion places when they host sixth-placed Slough IV next Saturday.
BEN HARRIS smashed yet another half-century as Aldershot Sunday XI beat Bagshot by seven wickets on Sunday afternoon. Although wickets were shared around between the many bowlers used, Amir Hameed (2-8) was the only one to take more than one wicket as the hosts were bowled out for 176 in the final over of the innings. In reply, Harris (51) hit a quickfire fifty before retiring himself as Aldershot raced to the victory target in the 33rd over of the game to seal back-to-back wins for Jamie Grover’s side.
After winning the toss, Grover made a tactical decision to field first, and it didn’t take long for Sean O’Dwyer (1-17) to uproot Geoff Young’s middle stump as the visitors made an early breakthrough. Kyle Kisko (1-16) and Hameed then came on a took a further three quick wickets to reduce Bagshot to 68-5, before Stuart Derry (25) was then caught by Grover at the second attempt without adding to the total. Youngster J White (47) and C Floater (20) then came together and formed a useful partnership for their side, taking Bagshot into three figures as the pair took advantage of some freebies from the part-time bowlers. However, when Floater was deceived by the spin of Andy Taylor (1-13), Atkinson (10) came in and hit two quick boundaries to take his side towards 150. Extras helped the scoring for the hosts, but White’s innings was eventually ended as two run outs occurred in the final over with Aldershot needing 177 runs for victory.
The visitors got off to a fast start in pursuit of the total, with openers Calum Grover (16) and Scott Taylor motoring along at more than six runs per over. However, their quickfire partnership came to an end in the seventh over, with the former ran out to leave Aldershot on 42-1. Taylor then played the supporting role for Sean O’Dwyer (27), who bashed the ball to all parts in his cameo innings, before he chipped one to cover of the bowling of Pettitt (1-11), but the hosts were on course for victory at 82-2. After hitting 115* just 24 hours previous, the in-form Harris came in and continued his golden touch with the bat, taking his side into three figures and showing intent from the outset. Taylor (43) was then trapped LBW by Harris (1-37) with the visitors needing 59 more runs for victory, and Harris and Andy Taylor quickly set out chasing the total, with the latter smashing a rare maximum. Harris swiftly brought up his half-century before retiring and allowing young debutant Jonathan Hayes (9*) to hit the winning runs to seal a memorable victory for the U13s all-rounder and his side.
Next up for the Sunday XI is a short trip to Odiham and Greywell as the look to continue their good form and maintain their 100% record for the season.
RORY COLLINS hit his third half-century of the season but Aldershot suffered a six-wicket defeat to fellow promotion candidates High Wycombe II on Saturday afternoon. Collins (91) surpassed 500 runs for the season, but his efforts were in vain as the hosts were bowled out for 154 in the 52nd over of their innings. In reply, captain Amir Hameed (2-47) took a couple of quick wickets, but an unbeaten half-century from Edmund Casterton (84*) guided the visitors to the victory target.
The hosts got off to a cautious start, with 25 runs coming off the opening 12 overs of the game, before Uzair Amjaid made the breakthrough, trapping Calum Grover (11) in front. Collins was playing well, but lacked support from the rest of the top order, with Amjaid doing the damage with the ball to reduce Aldershot to 65-4 in the 27th over. The Australian reached his half-century shortly after, but wickets continued to fall around him, which restricted his scoring rate. Collins and Hameed (17) then came together and recorded the biggest partnership of the innings, moving his side into three figures, earning their first batting point of the day. However, when the latter was caught and bowled by Conner Haddow the hosts were in a precarious position on 122-6 in the 46th over. Collins was still at the crease, and was supported by Duncan Anslow (21), but both were dismissed by Amjaid (6-77) in his 22nd over of his spell. Haddow (4-50) had been bowling in tandem with his spin partner and he swiftly took the final two wickets of the innings as Aldershot fell from 150-7 to 154 all out in the final over of the innings.
The hosts got off to a promising start in reply, with Hameed taking two wickets in his second over to restrict High Wycombe to 12-2. Casterton and David Thompson rebuilt the innings, and frequently hit boundaries to ease the pressure put on them by the hosts’ attack. Thompson (48) smashed ten fours in his innings, but fell to Sean O’Dwyer (1-32) just two runs off his half-century to leave the visitors on 96-3, with more than 50 runs still required for victory. There was a glimmer of hope for Aldershot when Anslow (1-23) took a wicket in the fifth ball of his spell when Matt Pugh (14) edged behind as High Wycombe were reduced to 114-4. Casterton had been playing for the first XI, and he reached his fifty despite wickets falling around him. It was only appropriate that the batsman hit the winning runs for his side in the 28th over of the game to inflict Aldershot’s fourth defeat of the season.
Hameed’s side drop to fourth in Division 2B of the Thames Valley League, and will look to bounce back in a tough trip to second-placed Slough II on Saturday afternoon.
BLESSED GAZA scored 35 and took a wicket but Aldershot V slipped to a 75 run defeat at Ashford Hill II on Saturday afternoon. Sam Armes (2-12) and Tariq Butt (2-21) took two wickets apiece as Aldershot restricted the hosts to 191-6 off their 42 overs. Gaza (35) was just one of three Aldershot batsmen to score double figures as the visitors were dismissed for 116 in the 38th over of the innings as they slipped to defeat.
Ashford Hill got off to a steady start, accumulating 46 runs for the opening wicket before Butt claimed the wicket of Kevin Perry (9). Butt then took his second wicket and another breakthough from Blessed Gaza reduced the hosts to 73-3, before Mark Ridley (30) and Daniel Hyland (47) came together to get their side out of trouble. The pair put on 64 runs for the fourth wicket before Ridley was clean bowled by Mark Shine (1-43), but Steve Wadsworth (27) continued the scoring for the hosts, moving them beyond 150 runs. Hyland was caught just three runs short of his half-century whilst Armes dismissed Wadsworth in his very next over as Aldershot fought back to reduce Ashford Hill to 191-6.
Ben Armes (27) got his side off to a promising start in the run chase, but Wadsworth (3-21) took two quick wickets to swing the momentum back in the hosts’ favour. Armes and Ken Hitchcock (29) then came together and rebuilt the innings, but Barry Monger (3-28) ripped through the middle-order to leave Aldershot in disarray. Gaza batted well throughout, but lacked support from the other batsman as Aldershot were eventually bowled out for 116, with Tim Bearpark (3-12) taking the final wicket.
Aldershot V slip to fifth in Regional Division 3 North East of the Hampshire Cricket League, and face another tough test next week when they host fifth-placed Easton and Martyr III on Saturday.
ALDERSHOT III were bowled out for just 42 in a disappointing day for Andy Summers’ side, who suffered a nine-wicket defeat at Purley-On-Thames II on Saturday afternoon. Hiren Amin (13*) and Paul Munro (11) were the only Aldershot batsmen to score double figures as they were dismissed in the 27th over the of the game. In reply, all-rounder Amin (1-10) took the sole wicket as Purley-On-Thames chased down the victory target in the seventh over to condemn Aldershot to a heavy defeat.
Aldershot never got going, and despite Munro scoring double figures, Raj Senniappan (4-18) and Austyn Jackson (3-6) ripped through the Aldershot batting line-up as they collapsed to 30-9. Amin then got going, but he ran out of partner on a tough batting day for the visitors, with Cyril Cox (1-1) claiming the final wicket of the game, with Purley needing 43 runs to win the game.
Amin made an early breakthrough, with Summers taking the catch to dismiss Pete Rackley (4) as the hosts were reduced to 18-1. Despite this, Tejpal Singh (24*) and Chris Priestley (10*) guided their side to the victory target in quickfire time as Aldershot failed to pick up a single point The result sees Aldershot III slip to eighth in Division 6B of the Thames Valley League, and they will look to bounce back when they host fifth-placed Farnham Common II on Saturday afternoon.
TOM VARNEY took three wickets as Aldershot IV continued their 100% record for the season with a six-wicket victory over Herriard II on Saturday afternoon. Teenager Varney (3-7) starred with the ball as his side tore through the visiting batting line-up, bowling out the opposition for just 47 at Guildford Road on Saturday afternoon. In reply, both John Summersby (16*) and Louie Rogers (16*) top-scored to guide Aldershot IV to their ninth straight victory, with the league looking more and more likely.
Aldershot made a great start to proceedings, despite bowling first, with Danyaal Uddin (1-8) and Nathan Mumby (2-16) making early in-roads to restrict their opponents to 22-3. D. Lane (15) then steadied the ship as wickets fell around him, but U13s all-rounder Varney came on and reaped the rewards, taking three wickets in 3.2 overs as the seven men of Herriard were bowled out for 47.
The hosts got off to a wobbly start in response, collapsing to 14-4 with Lane (1-20) and Minton (3-21) doing the damage. Despite the pressure, the blend of youth and experience told as Summersby and Rogers successfully negotiated the final 34 runs required for victory as Harris’ side stay top of the table, and will have a week’s rest before hosting Odiham on 29 July.