Home Counties round-up: Slough produce impressive batting display in draw with Banbury

Slough’s Kashif Ali hit 83 from 98 balls.

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Slough produced one of their best batting displays of the season in Saturday’s drawn match with Banbury.

The hosts’ top order has failed to come to the party in several matches this season, and once again they were found wanting slightly after being put into bat.

Saif Zaib and Rahim Akhtar were removed for 1 and 9 runs respectively before Josh Lincoln (53) led the recovery. With Dan Lincoln adding 18 and Kashif Ali blasting 83 from 98 balls further down the order they dragged themselves into a commanding position. Further runs came from the bats of Mohammed Avas Anwar (33), Mishan Silva (64) and Naveed Akhtar (23) as Slough declared on 306-9 in the 60th over.

In reply to Banbury initially fared well, racing along to 187-3 with Kieran Coyne making 49 and Oliver Clarke smashing 89, however, they lost three quick wickets for the addition of two runs and eventually closed on 188-6, picking up nine points to Slough’s 14. Slough remain sixth in the table on 115 points, just 32 points adrift of leaders Datchet in a congested division.

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Datchet produced an impressive bowling performance to limit Buckingham Town to only 146 in Saturday's 72-run victory.

Sam Harris was the man who spearheaded Datchet’s bowling attack, taking 4-17 as the hosts fell well short of the 219 they required for victory.

The result edges Joe Barrett’s side further clear of second placed Aston Rowant at the top of Home Counties Division 1, with the side having opened a 14-point lead over their closest rivals ahead of Saturday’s home game against Henley.

Having been put into bat in overcast conditions, Datchet played diligently at the crease, with openers Calvin Dickinson (24) and Raheem Abbas Sher (22) sharing a first wicket stand of 42.

Futher contribitions came from the bats of Billy Mead (14) and Sean Solia (38) but after the cheap departures of Ben Brookes (5) and Joseph Thomas (5), it was the partnership of Steven Naylor (660 and Bobby Sher (30) that really got the innings motoring along.

They helped ease the visitors past the 200-run mark in tricky batting conditions and heaped the pressure on their hosts.

In response Leigh Tomlinson (25) and Michael Wells (25) began brightly with the bat, but Sam Harris (4-17) quickly snuffed out the hosts’ hopes of victory. He took the first four wickets, including Ewan Cox for a duck and Harvey Eltham for five to leave Buckingham with an uphill task.

Adam King (45) and Lahiru Panagamuwa Gamage (34) gamely tried to eke out a few more overs, but Datchet’s bowlers eventually restricted them to 146 all out in the 43rd over.

Solia (2-27) Naylor (2-24) and Sher (2-23) each took a couple of wickets.

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In Division 2 Wargrave picked up their sixth win of the season to keep the pressure on leaders Harefield.

Neal Robinson’s side proved too strong for Amersham, winning by four wickets to stay within five points of the leaders.

Having elected to field, they bowled Amersham out for 136 in 52.2 overs, with Joe Priestley (3-18) and Rhodri J Lewis (3-22) taking crucial wickets. Amersham’s best efforts with the bat came from Archie Palmer and Andrew Viney who both scored 27.

In reply, Wargrave chased down their target reasonably comfortably, despite the best efforts of Alexander Lines (3-41) and Maduka Liyanapathiranage (3-44).

Euan Woods smashed a half century 56 and opener Jack Winterbottom added 42 as Wargrave eased home in the 39th over with wickets in hand.

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