Here comes Division 2

Congratulations to the 1st XI who secured the 5 points needed to win the Division 3a title in their loss to Theale & Tilehurst. There were contributions from many players throughout the season, however the star men were Pete Dean (798 runs at 62), Connor Wardlaw (704 at 41 as well as 23 catches and 3 stumpings) and Louis Dean (519 runs at 40). The evergreen Duncan Parr and Zahid Mohammed also finished with over 400 league runs. With the ball Pete Higginbottom took 32 wickets at 18, Gift Kwatsha added to his 380 runs with 31 wickets at 20 and Ollie Rowe took 16 wickets at 15, including his promotion winning over against Kidmore End last week.

The 2nd XI beat Royal Ascot 2s to finish 6th place in Division 5b after last years promotion. 'Little Raoul' Harding scoring 556 runs at 43, Will Hibberdine making 460 at 38 to go with his 12 catches behind the stumps and Dan Anderson made 329 at 21. Honorable mentions go to Dougie Soames, Rob Mosley and Jamie Tidbury who all made over 250 runs each as well. With the ball Berkshires premier all rounder Dan Anderson took 30 wickets at an average of 18, Michael Longridge took 19 at 26 and the metronomic Stu Tidbury with 13 at 22.

The 3rd XI finished with a loss against Binfield but finished in a comfortable 6th place after last years promotion. Naqash Tahir was the star with over 600 runs at an average of 50, with able support from Shami (320 at 29) and Dan Edwards (223 at 37). With the ball Naqash took 24 wickets at 14, with 13 year old Shenul Widanapathirana helping himself to an excellent 17 wickets at 21.

The 4s finished with a comprehensive victory over Wokingham, who forfeited the game on the Wednesday. Led from the front by Lord Charles, who made 443 runs at 30, Syed Naqi made 282 at 28 and Kabir Dave with 246 runs at 41 smashed his way to his maiden century against Eversley 5ths. Wickets were shared around in the 4s with Sunit Bansode and Raja-Shahroz Khan both taking 12 at a good average and Syed Adnan taking 11. Isaac Blakey and Jai Sharma just missed out on a spot on the podium with 10 wickets apiece.

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