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15:00 Friday 26 August 2011  Written by Steve Scott

Slough CC skipper pays tribute to rivals

Slough CC captain Bobby Sher conceded Burnham were worthy winners of Home Counties Division 2 West after Saturday’s abandonment at Reading all but ended his side’s title challenge.

Slough travelled to Reading and put on 100-2 from 31 overs before the rain prevented any further action, leaving each side with six points.

Burnham, who have topped the table for almost the entire season, gained 25 points after beating Gerrards Cross by five wickets.

With two games remaining, Slough now trail Burnham by 48 points, meaning their local rivals require just two further points to be crowned champions.

Sher admitted it was an almost unassailable lead and paid tribute to Shaid Nadeem’s side.

He said: “Ours was the only game that got abandoned so it was a bit frustrating, and we drove down to Burnham and watched them win the league.

“Burnham had a fantastic season and destroyed a lot of teams so they fully deserved it and all credit to them.

“A lot of them are good mates of mine and after their game I congratulated Shaid and then went away to let them enjoy their moment.”

Burnham have won 10 of their 16 games compared to Slough’s seven, but both sides have lost just three.

Sher’s side defeated Burnham by 184 runs on August 6 but the skipper denied it had been too little too late for Slough’s title hopes.

“I don’t think it was too late, we lost a couple of games which we should’ve won against Dinton and Farnham Royal.

“Also because of the weather Burnham played two games more than us which they won, so that’s 38 points extra which really and truly they shouldn’t have got.

“But it’s just one of those things, you can’t do anything about the system and the weather so maybe it wasn’t to be.

“I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck and the team at the top deserves to be there, so there’s no moaning.”

Sher and Karan Kumar combined to steady the ship before Saturday’s abandonment, both scoring unbeaten 40s after openers Sufian Munir and Omar Jamshad fell cheaply to leave the visitors 12-2.

The captain will now blood some youngsters in the remaining fixtures while trying to secure second place, starting with the trip to bottom-side Horspath on Saturday.

“We’re probably going to relax a bit now, enjoy our cricket and give a few guys an opportunity as we look towards next season,” said Sher.

“We want to finish second and it would be good to stay there, but it doesn’t really mean much.

“The boys have tried hard and challenged most of the season and with the side we’ve got that was a good effort.

“Slough is a big club and we want to attract good players and try and get back into the Premier League.”

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