Maidenhead and Bray 2nd XI won their opening fixture of the Thames Valley League season, defeating Kew 3rd XI by 6 wickets within 60 overs in a one sided affair on Saturday. Kew won the toss and on a green top with a hurricane blowing through the ground made the somewhat surprising decision to bat. Bray's opening pair of Arul Appavoo (4-50) and Matt Armstrong (2-26) got amongst the Kew top order in a devastating opening spell of bowling, Appavoo removing Milne off the second ball of the game, and then the following 3 wickets in an outstanding opening burst. Armstrong, creating excellent pressure from his end, claimed the next two wickets and should have been rewarded with more had Bray held on to one of the four chances which were created. Our treasurer showing he was more comfortable taking an iron grip on club finances than he was the red thing, shelling 3 of his own in a fine display of how not to do it at gully!! U15 speedster Kieran Grey was then introduced into the attack in place of Appavoo and having pinned Kew's skipper Rathore first ball tore through the tail, taking 4-8 in 5 overs of outstanding death bowling to polish Kew off for 92 in 37 overs.
Bray's response started solidly with Ben Ward and John Hewitt taking the sting out of the attack but when Ward fell for 8, Bray wobbled with Wilding (1), Western Kay (0) and Grey (0) all joining Ward back in the shed with Bray 46-4. That however was as close as Kew got to causing an upset, as Hewitt and Simon Ball then took Bray to their target in double quick time, scoring the required 47 off just 5 overs. Hewitt finishing with a fine 54* and Ball with 20 from only 13 balls, more than making up for his fielding shortcomings!
Despite the victory skipper Wilding was clear in improvement game on game if this season is to be a successful one, "we bowled beautifully but still dropped too many catches, not all sides will give us a way back into the game every week, we need to focus on that because it's hard enough taking 10 wickets, let alone having to, in effect, take 14. Our batting is strong, and John and Bally batted superbly to take us home, but more improvement is required by the top order to protect their wicket and build good partnerships to make chasing scores down easier. If we improve week on week we will have a successful season."
The 2s entertain Farnham Common 1st XI next week at Bray.
M&B inflicted a 9wicket defeat against the Royal Challengers on Sunday…
Mat Armstrong - Jun 28, 2018
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