SECOND-placed Evenley were emphatic seven-wicket winners over Byfield in Saturday’s top of the table Premier Division clash.
Hosts Evenley skittled the visitors for 146, in-form Anthony Romaine grabbing 4-46, Talib Ali 3-23 and Ben Patterson 2-16, Andy Watts topscoring for Byfield with 33. In reply Evenley eased to 148-3, Steve Harris hitting an unbeaten 73 and Dave Holden 39 not out. Evenley are now within three points of Byfield and have a game in hand.
Syresham (184) stay joint fourth after a four-wicket loss at Marston St Lawrence (186-6). Adam Abbotts did well for the visitors with an unbeaten 49, assisted by Darren Beckett’s 36 and Nathan Archer’s 31 .Graham Hall picked up 4-34 for Marston. In reply Marston passed the Syresham total for the loss of six wickets, Nick Hall their batting mainstay with 62. Archer grabbed 4-47.
Thornborough trounced basement side Radway by 10 wickets at home, Radway totalling just 72 as Aiden Birch took 4-40. Matt Copping hit 41 not out in the host’s reply of 73 without loss.
In the M & P Scott (Builders) Division One, Afro Caribbean (60-2) maintained their 100 per cent record with a comfortable-eight wicket sucess over Dunchurch & Bilton (57). Third-placed Middleton Cheney (245-4) beat Preston Capes (218-7) by a narrow 27 runs.
Greens Norton (135-5) are unbeaten at the top of Division Two and accounted for basement side Crown (131) by five wickets. Chris Bowmer was their bowling mainstay with 7-51 and Matt Baker their best batsman with 47 not out.
Second-placed Byfield A (193-7) beat Preston Bissett (134) by 59 runs, a number of Byfield batsmen chipping in with runs including Lloyd Parkinson(41), Martyn Bannister 39 and Kevin Moyce 30 as Les Ashby grabbed 2-38 and James Dolling 2-45 for Preston. Ryan Watson hit 45 for the visitors and Parkinson excelled with the ball grabbing 4-29.
Silverstone (128) were narrow losers at Wroxon (173) by 45 runs. adam green was Silverstone’s man of the match with 3-52 and 35 not out.
In Division Three, leaders Charlton (215-4) continue to impress with a faultless six wins out of six, the latest coming against Willoughby A (110-9) by 105 runs. Charlton set a big total, Graham Knight blasting 71 assisted by Nathan Cox’s 43, Ahtaram Muhammed restricting the Willoughby reply with 4-23.
Second-placed Croughton slammed Bodicote A by nine wickets at home, easily reaching the vistors’ total of 86 with the loss of one wicket.
Imran Hussain smashed an unbeaten 47 for the hosts.
Gawcott & Hillesden comfortably accounted for basement team Finmere by six wickets. Finmere were restricted to 136, with Lewis Clark, 4-29, and Ashley Griffiths, 3-29, doing the damage.
Gawcott reached the Finmere total with the loss of four wickets, Alex Piggott smashing a half century, Colin Piggott 33 and Nick Stanger 26.
Marston St Lawrence (201-3) beat Gayton (148) by 53 runs.
In Division Four, Maids Moreton (107-6) maintained third spot with a four wicket success over Chipping Warden (103).
Paul Stairs,4-19, and Kevin Allibone,4-20, restricted the Chipping total, while Gordon Fraser hit a useful 33 for Maids.
Radway A (211-8) beat Helmdon (118) by 93 runs, Ollie Randall smashing 84 for Radway, while Geoff Bridger picked up four wickets for Helmdon.
Chris Collins sparkled for second-placed Syresham A against Dunchurch & Bilton A, hitting 85 not out in their total of 204-6 as they won by 50 runs.
Brackley (226-3) beat anchor outfit Thornborough (164) by 62 runs in Division Five.
Conrad Etherington dominated the Brackley innings with a fine 107 not out assisted by Bill Land’s unbeaten 39. Rowan Cooke grabbed 5-36.
Leaders Priors (147) saw off Braunston Paddox A (89) by 58 runs.
Third-placed Hinton-in-the Hedges A (118) accounted for Silverstone A (56) by 62 runs. Frank Kinner took 5-7 for Silverstone. Sean Gardiner,5-15, and Dan Soady, 5-24, were Hinton’s bowlers in form. Evenley B trounced Preston Bissett A by seven wickets. Evenley’s bowling strike force of Julian Walker, 4-46 and Steve Nowell, 2-22, restricted the Preston total to 118, compared to Evenley’s 122-3. James White took 3-36 for Evenley.