Beckett helps Syresham keep in touch with the leaders

Darren Beckett
Darren Beckett

Darren Beckett’s unbeaten 73 helped Syresham overcome local rivals Evenley by 97 runs and keep them second in the South Northants Cricket League Premier Division.

Batting first, Beckett was well supported by Adam Beckett (65) as Syresham posted a competitive total of 207-6 before Richard Wyness (3-30) and Dave Mitson (3-43) bowled Eveley out for 110 to secure a convincing victory by 97 runs.

Middleton Cheney (121) remain top of the table by just a single point after beating Marston St Lawrence (95), while Charlton climbed off the bottom thanks to a superb all-round display from Ryan Knight (99no and 3-44) in their 72-run win over Castlethorpe and Byfield kept the pressure on the top two with a six-wicket win over Afro Caribbean.

In Division One, Greens Norton continue to head the table following afine individual performance from Matt Yuill, who first took 5-34 in Croughton’s 105 all out before top scoring (46) in Greens Norton’s winning reply of 106-5.

Thornborough remain second after skittling out Byfield for just 39, but Evenley A’s struggles persisted as they crumbled to 47 all out in an 80-run defeat to Woodford Halse.

Division Two leaders Priors (139-6) extended their lead this week courtesy of victory over closest rivals Grange Park (136). Also in Division Two, Hinton-in-the-Hedges were beaten by 68 runs at Dunchurch & Bilton despite Richard Wills picking up 3-18.

In an predictable Division Three, Towcestrians slipped from first to fifth after suffering their first defeat of the season. Kevin Hawkins took 3-36 as Bodicote A were bowled out for 140 but Tows failed to chase down the modest target, crumbling to 116 all out.

Syresham A have moved up to second with a win over third-placed Silverstone. Batting first, Jamie Leeson made 76 in Syresham’s respectable total of 181-7 before Gordon Chalcroft and Simon Boyles took three wickets each as Silverstone were all out for 100.

Finally, in Division Four, Brackley (111) beat Middleton Cheney B (89) and Evenley B (136-9) defeated previous leaders Willoughby A (119), which saw Wroxton take top spot.