READING FC Under 23s were this week still waiting to know who they will be playing in the final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.

Marlow defeated Slough Town 1-0 in last week's semi-final, but the B&B are looking into a claim the winners may have unknowingly fielded an ineligible player as he had appeared for his previous club in the Surrey County Cup.

The venue for the final scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday, May 6 has also still to be confirmed with Slough's Arbour Park appearing to be the preferred venue.

But Reading FC, who have played all their previous rounds away, are believed to be willing to host the tie at Madejski Stadium, especially as they will be playing on grass rather than a 3G pitch.

BERKSHIRE Cricket Foundation are planning to enter a Reading-based team in the ECB T20 City Cup, a national competition for 15 to 19 year olds who are not playing for the county. An open trial will be held at Reading CC on Wednesday, May 1 at 6pm.

EX-READING hockey player Alice Powell is among five Britons selected for motor racing's inaugural women-only W Series. She secured her seat following four days of qualifiers in Spain. The six-race series, which carries a £1.14m prize fund, roars into action in Hockenheim, Germany on May 3-4 and concludes at Brands Hatch on August 10-11.

RICHARD Fernée, a former minor counties and Thames Valley Cricket League umpire, has died after a short battle against motor neurone disease. He was also secretary of the North Hampshire ACO for 33 years until 2014. Although not directly associated with any specific local club, he was a great supporter of the Sulhamstead Sixes, initially as an umpire, and then as technical adviser and rules adjudicator.

READING Hockey Club 'old boys' James Carson, Sam Hooper, Kiran Patel and Will Carter Keall were all part of the University of Exeter squad which won the BUCS Championship by beating University of Durham in the final last week.