Byfield edge Evenley to narrow gap at top

Matt Flower hit 52 for Preston Bissett against Byfield A
Matt Flower hit 52 for Preston Bissett against Byfield A

Jake Heath grabbed four wickets and hit a well-crafted half-century for title hopefuls Byfield as they gained a narrow one-wicket home success over SNCL Premier Division leaders Evenley last Saturday.

Evenley, who remain ten points clear of third-placed Byfield with a game in hand, posted 208, with Simon Walker notching 62 and Dave Holden 39. Heath took 4-38 and Rob Oliver 2-34. Byfield made 209-9 with Eli Heath topscoring with 53.

Second in the table Warwick University Staff (162) were narrow seven-run winners at Woodford Halse (155).

Fourth-placed Syresham (121-5) enjoyed a five-wicket home victory over Marston St Lawrence (120), Adam Abbotts was man-of-the-match for Syresham with 51 and 5-41, while George Brock hit an unbeaten 41 and Matt Butler notched 4-30.

Thornborough (200) lost by two wickets at basement side Radway (202-8). Ian Chapman,6-20, and Nick Chapman, 2-60,were the bowling mainstays for Thornborough, with Radway’s Matt Hayden hitting a useful 73.

In Division One, Castlethorpe (31-2) remain leaders after beating Fenny Compton (30)by eight wickets.

Byfield A (165-5) swept to the top of Division Two with a five wicket success at Preston Bissett (161-8). Kevin Moyce grabbed 3-28 for Byfield and Dave Jobbins hit 53. Matt Flower was Preston’s best batsmen with 52.

Longtime leaders Greens Norton (79) slipped to second spot after an 18-run defeat at Crown (97).

In Division Three,leaders Charlton (145-2) maintained their unbeaten record with an eight-wicket home win over basement side Willoughy A (143).

Division Four saw second-placed Maids Moreton (75) lose their chance to make ground on leaders Braunston Paddox as they lost by six wickets at Chipping Warden (76-4).

Priors (378-8) stay top of Division Five following a mammoth 224-run win at home over Braunston Paddox A (154-9). Brackley (81-0) beat Thornborough A(80) by ten wickets.

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