Kidmore End’s heavy defeat to league winners North Maidenhead, did not fully reflect the determination Kidmore End showed against a side that was simply on a crest of a tidal wave! Losing the toss and being asked to field in the searing heat was not the start the team would have wanted against such a strong opposition, but the team stuck at their task manfully. Kidmore End have a very young team, this explains the extreme highs and extreme lows; capable of brilliance but also capable of calamity. The first 25 overs went well. Frost, Taylor and Sheldon had all picked up wickets, Ashby had looked threatening and the fielding had been good. 3 wickets down, shortly 4 after the drinks break meant Kidmore End had restricted the opposition, an opposition known for attacking batsmenship. However, the next 25 overs were less successful for Kidmore End, as the North Maidenhead batting showed its full destructive power with some phenomenal hitting of rare power and aggression. Sahaan John and Imran Butt hit the ball so cleanly and so well, so often that the score raced. John scored 68 off of 36 balls and Butt, who hit the ball very hard indeed, scored 133 off of 123 balls. It was an incredible display. The batsman that followed were able to swing freely without remorse thanks to the John/ Butt partnership and North Maidenhead scored an amazing 345 runs. 5 cricket balls were lost during the course of the innings. North Maidenhead showed why they were top of the league.
In response Kidmore End started well. Some aggressive hitting by Umer Faroqi at the top of the innings followed by a steady partnership between Leonard and Easton of 34 meant the score was 59 for 1 when Easton was dismissed. But this triggered a collapse as batsmen attempted to keep up with the ever increasing run rate. There was a lower order partnership of 32 between the Frost brothers that showed some resistance but the size of the score and the quality of the North Maidenhead bowling was significant. The momentum was with the North Maidenhead side who secured a 210 run victory and the League with a scintillating performance. They are indeed worthy champions.