09:00AM, Friday 24 June 2022
There were mixed fortunes for Cookham Dean and Stoke Green in the first national round of the Voneus Village Cup on Sunday.
Dean bowed out of the competition after losing to former winners, Goatacre at Whyteladyes Lane, while Stoke Green - who reached the semi-finals last summer - marched on thanks to a thrilling six run victory over Findon.
Having managed 207-7 with the bat, Green restricted their hosts to 201-8 from their alloted overs.
A mid-order partnership between Saqlain Basharat (59) and Pavinder Bhachu (39) helped them recover from a stuttering start with the bat. While skipper Gagan Singh (29) and Amir Asghar (21) added useful runs further down the order.
In reply, Alasdair Wilson (52) and Harry Metters (46) scored freely for the hosts, but Basharat (3-37) and his fellow bowlers applied the brakes and held them up seven runs short of victory.
Greg Davis' Cookham had a tough draw against the fancied Goatacre, despite being at home, and lost by five wickets.
The hosts managed only 123 with the bat, a target that was comfortably chased by Wiltshire side Goatacre.
David Miles took 5-20 to turn the match in the visitors' favour. Only really Davis (37) and Robert Mettler (28) managed to get their eye in on a disappointing afternoon with the bat.
Having been 78-2 they collapsed to 123 all out, leaving Goatacre a relatively simple chase.
Wickets were taken, by Simret Mangat (2-42) and Simon Foster (2-30), however, captain Ed Wilkins cut loose, scoring 74 to drive the visitors to victory.
Goatacre and Calmore Sports, who claimed a four-wicket victory over Oxford Downs, are the only previous winners remaining in the competition.
2021 finalists Alvanley, who defeated Wolviston by 141 runs, have also progressed to the last 16.
Cookham had defeated Binfield and White Waltham in the Berkshire rounds to reach the national stages.
Stoke Green reached the semi-final last year before losing by 10-wickets to eventual winners Calmore Sports.
They'll be aiming to go one better this summer and have made a solid start in the national rounds.
They're again on the road for their last 16 clash against Redbourn on Sunday, July 3. The Hertfordshire side chased down Mayfield's 214-6 for a two-wicket win.
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