Bobby Sher pleased with Slough CC second
CAPTAIN Bobby Sher is delighted Slough CC are moving forward in a positive direction despite the first team missing out on promotion from Home Counties Division Two this season.
Saturday's final round draw with Aston Rowant secured second place, but Slough's hopes of winning the title were washed away by August rain and a one-wicket defeat to local rivals Farnham Royal at a key stage of the season.
The visitors to Upton Court fielded a strong team needing a positive result to avoid relegation themselves, and posted a target of 225 thanks largely to Chris Watling's 128, and 29 from Tim Morgan. Zulfiqar Butt was the pic of the Slough bowlers returning figures of 4-55.
Opening batsman Shaan Khan (15), Gheyas Khan (40), and Shazad Rana (34) got the hosts off reply off to a quick start before Nathaniel Watkins (6-54) reduced their progress to 155-5.
As wickets continued to fall Nabil Shah's 53 guided Slough to 189-9 and the draw they needed to be confirmed runners-up.
"It was a tough game," Sher told the Observer.
"We knew our situation going into the last game and wanted to give a few other players a game. We used five or six bowlers and gave our youngsters a go with the ball.
"We just didn't bat as well as we'd like and ended up 20-30 runs short. We went for it from the beginning but were never in danger of losing the game.
"The younger players have impressed me all season and I know their capabilities. It was good experience for them."
Elsewhere, Slough 2nd's finished sixth in Division 2a of the Thames Valley League after a final day 116-run defeat at Hayes.
The 3rd XI took fourth place in division 5a and ended their campaign with a three-wicket defeat against champions Stoke Green.
A two-wicket win over Hayes 2nd's confirmed Slough 4th's place in division 6a with R Khashif making an unbeaten 101.
Finally, the club's fifth team finished fifth in division 8b but lost lost their final game of the season to Harefield 4th's on default as they were unable to provide a pitch.