Evenley edge Staff to capture title honours

Anthony Romaine hit 180 for new champions Evenley
Anthony Romaine hit 180 for new champions Evenley

EVENLEY are the new champions of the Premier Division after beating Warwick University Staff by a narrow 15 runs in the top of the table clash last Saturday.

A superb 180 from Anthony Romaine helped Evenley to victory at Staff as they posted 299-9, Alex Romaine also hitting 46 as Karan Gupta picked up 2-32 and Ajay Nair 2-40.

Staff totalled 284-8, Gupta (83) and Nair (63 not out) their batting mainstays, with man-of the-match Anthony Romaine grabbing 3-45 and Ed Wightman 3-93.

Last year’s champions, third-placed Byfield (212) enjoyed success at Syresham (116) by 96 runs. Jake Heath starred for Byfield with 71 and 6-24, Adam Abbotts the best of the Syresham batsmen with 32.Nathan Archer grabbed 3-33 for Syresham, Nic Parry 3-56 and Abotts 3-68.

Thornborough (166-4) beat Marston St Lawrence (165-9) by six wickets. Aiden Birch topscored for the visitors with 43 and Tom North took 3-49.

Radway, who didn’t play at the weekend, are relegated.

In the M & P Scott (Builders) Division One, leaders Castlethorpe (167-9) lost to second-placed Middleton Cheney (167-9) by three wickets. Third-placed Afro Caribbean lost to fourth-placed Willoughby.

There is one match left this season next Saturday to decide which club goes up.

Preston Capes (136-7) beat Bodicote (120) by 16 runs, Derek Bull hitting an unbeaten 39 for Preston and James Wilson grabbing 4-37. Fenny Compton and Dunchurch & Bilton are relegated.

In Division Two, leaders Wroxton and Byfield A are separated by just two points in the battle for the title, Wroxton (204-7) beating Preston Bissett (203-6) away by three wickets. Matt Collins blasted 81 for Preston.

Byfield A (141-8) beat MK Air (132) by nine runs.

Third-placed Greens Norton (115-4) beat Sibford (113) by six wickets but have probably blown their chance to gain promotion being 16 points adrift of Byfield. Norton’s Mike Bristow hit 48 and Andre Bodily an unbeaten 23, with Tom Smyth grabbing 3-23.

Crown (170-9) edged Evenley A (164-6) by six runs. Evenley’s Paul Armstrong blasted a fine 65 and Andy Reader took 3-30. Silverstone, who lost at Hanslope, are relegated.

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