Rush stars for Charlton as Romaine hits ton

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Ellis Rush took 6-45 as Charlton climbed away from danger at the bottom of the SNCL Premier Division with a five-wicket win at Wroxton.

Ryan Knight took the other four wickets to bowl Wroxton out for just 89 before Graham Knight’s 29 led Charlton home.

At the top of the table, Byfield are the new leaders after they beat Marston St Lawrence by seven wickets, with Evenley beating previous leaders Middleton Cheney in a high scoring game.

Chasing 204 to win, Anthony Romaine struck a brilliant 103 and he was well supported by Harry Brooker (44no) to see Evenley to the target with five wickets to spare.

Syresham are down to third after a five-wicket loss at Warwick University Staff despite Darren Beckett’s 79.

Thornborough have closed the gap on Division One leaders Greens Norton to three points following victory by 32 runs at Croughton. Mohammed Ishaq took 4-30 for the hosts but Chris Horsler (62no) and Ian Chapman (56) both hit half centuries in Thornborough’s 155-6. In reply, Croughton slumped to 123.

Greens Norton (171) remain top despite losing a tight game to Bodicote (177-8), but Evenley A (169-9) are second bottom after a 19-run defeat to MK Air (185-7).

In Division Two, Priors continue to hold a healthy lead over second-placed Dunchurch & Bilton following wins for both teams this week, while Hinton-in-the-Hedges (155-7) are fourth thanks to a three-wicket triumph over Kings Sutton (154). Dan Soady took 4-41 before Matt Lemon hit an unbeaten 51.

In Division Three, Middleton Cheney A (98-7) top the table as they won a low-scoring game over Towcestrians (97) by three wickets.

In second are Silverstone as Andrew Key’s 70 not out led them to an eight-wicket victory against Helmdon.

Elsewhere, Syresham A crumbled to 84 all out to lose by 91 runs at Woodford Halse A and Sibford eased to a five-wicket win over Gawcott & Hillesden.

Finally, Division Five leaders beat Braunston Paddox A by four wickets this week to remain top.