Shinfield conclude season with victory over Farley Hill

Berkshire Cricket League Division 1 Shinfield 2nd XI (190 all out) beat Farley Hill 1st XI (179-8)

Shinfield concluded their league campaign with victory as they narrowly beat Farley Hill by six runs.

Shinfield elected to bat first having won the toss. The visitors made a reasonably consistent opening to their innings before Duncan Greeff took the first wicket of the match to remove Kiran Alluri for 15 runs. 

Gregory Coney took the next wicket for Farley hill as wicket keeper Michael Sheridan stumped Bommidi for 18 runs. 


Farley Hill v Shinfield 2s (batting) M. Kurle bowling

Dave Neilson took the first of his three wickets to reduce Liam Prowse for a duck and then added two more dismissals to his tally as Saketh Chodimella and Milind Pathak both went for four runs each. 

The away side added some vital runs on the board as Santosh Kundar remained not out and added 41 runs to the score, while Ali Jalil took two more wickets at the end of the batting order to take his tally to three as Shinfield’s innings ended on 190 after 38.3 overs. 

Having lost an over due to a rain delay, Farley Hill were set a revised target of 186 to win the match.


Farley Hill v Shinfield 2s (batting) Sashi Bommid batting

Shinfield opened their bowling attack with an early wicket as Michael Sheridan was reduced lbw from the bowling of Santosh Kundar having contributed just two runs. 

Despite opening batsman Ali Jalil racking up 30 runs before being caught out, Farley were struggling in the top order as Bommidi took a further wickets to remove Akeesh Khokar for six runs and then William Nash-Wortham for 11 runs.

With Farley in danger of losing the match, a tremendous innings from Duncan Greeff helped to get their run chase back on track. He was partnered by Gregory Coney who added 23 runs before Bommidi dismissed him to take his fourth wicket of the day.

But with Greeff still at the crease, the hosts still had hope of chasing down the score of 186. They increased the run rate with the overs quickly depleting but after Greeff was eventually removed for 72 to dent Farley’s hopes of a victorious outcome.

Farley Hill v Shinfield 2s (batting) Greg Coney bowling

Shinfield held on to defend their target as Farley’s 39 overs ended with a score of 179, just six runs short of reaching the revised target. 

With both sides having completed all of their 18 league fixtures, Farley confirmed their finish of 4th in the table, while Shinfield move up to 5th with their victory but their position may change depending on the remaining games to be played this weekend. 

Shinfield batting: S Bommidi 18, Alluri 15, Rebello 28, Prowse 0, Totta 37, Chodimella 4, Pathak 4, Kundar 41, V Bommidi 11, Sameer N 0, Satway 4.

Farley Hill bowling: Marr 0-41, Greeff 1-32, Kurte 1-25, Coney 1-29, Neilson 3-32, Jalil 3-16.

Farley Hill batting: Jalil 30, Sheridan 2, Longfield 10, Khokar 6, Nash-Wortham 11, Ditchburn 4, Greeff 72, Coney 23, Kurle 7no, Neilson dnb, Marr dnb.

Shinfield bowling: Pathak 0-16, Kundar 1-39, Totta 2-28, V Bommidi 4-38, Alluri 1-48.

Andy Preston

Sports reporter for The Wokingham Paper. Sport Journalism graduate from the University of Brighton.

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