Newbury 1st XI got their Division 3a season back on track with a satisfying win against Purley-on-thames, putting an end to their run of back to back losses. Newbury skipper Kevin Mills started the day by continuing his run of lost tosses and was made to field first on a batting pitch. Purley started their innings swiftly with opener Allen dispatching two cover drives to the boundary in the first two overs. However a breakthrough followed soon after, with Naimanage catching Allen for 17 off the bowling of Rajpal. Newbury however failed to gain momentum and struggled to break a 50 partnership between Maycock and Clark. Eventually the breakthrough came, coming in the form of a well-executed yorker from Bobby Vynatheya to dismiss Maycock for an impressive 54. Newbury’s bowlers showed persistence on a good batting wicket and after breaking a good partnership between Clarke and Reber, Purley soon found themselves all out for 167, thanks to wickets in successive balls for both skipper Mills and Charlie Anstey, and a stunning diving catch from Will Davis to help Anstey to his five-for.
Newbury began their chase with Anstey falling LBW to Allen, and Josh Harris following soon after with a quick-fire 20. Neither Keep nor Naimanage were able to get going and the side soon found themselves 40-4. Rajpal and Uden began to rebuild with both playing some attacking strokes, until Rajpal was caught for 36. When Ferguson followed soon after, The game was hung precariously in the balance. Any doubt in the Newbury camp was soon eradicated however, due to an unbeaten 37 from Uden, anchoring the innings and allowing Rajeev Hanabe to score freely at the other end for his match winning 50 not out with the side finishing on a convincing 168-6 to take the win.
Will Davis 01/06/2015