SNCL: Wilson steers Tows home as Romaine hits stunning double ton

Anthony Romaine finished 209 not out for Evenley
Anthony Romaine finished 209 not out for Evenley

A composed and match-winning innings by captain Roger Wilson steered high-flying Towcestrians to victory in a high-scoring game against Sibford in SNCL Division Three.

Sibford chose to have first go on a flat track on a glorious day for batting and openers Chris Sabin and Sam Newman made a brisk start before Alan Edwards struck in the seventh over.

Number three Simon Finch then joined Sabin and the two put together a 100-run stand for the second-wicket with both passing 50 in quick-time.

Two wickets in five balls from Alex Duncan removed Sabin for 60 but Finch batted through the innings to finish unbeaten on 87 and help Sibford post a competitive 232-4.

Tows began their reply positively with Rob Jones and Alan Edwards building a 50-run partnership in the first 10 overs. Jones was eventually trapped lbw by Lee Gilbert for an attractive 34 and Edwards fell 20 runs later when he was bowled by Simon Hooper for a steady 17.

Skipper Roger Wilson was then joined by Ollie Drage and their partnership determined the outcome of the game with Wilson giving a masterclass in managing a run chase.

Requiring more than six-an-over from 27 overs, the duo kept up with the run-rate without alarm. When Drae was bowled by Jake Manning for 25, their stand of 106 had taken Tows to the brink of victory.

Wilson’s excellent knock of 106 was a welcome return to form and keeps Tows in the Division Three promotion race.

Elsewhere, Syresham have opened up a 26-point cushion at the top of the Premier Division after Mark Wilson (78no) and Dave Miston (63 and 5-29) inspired them to a crushing 220-run win over Byfield, while second-placed Charlton succumbed to a 182-run defeat at Warwick University Staff.

Anthony Romaine smashed a stunning double century as his 209 helped Evenley (327-7) overwhelm Bodicote (161).

In Division One, Wroxton beat Radway by 109 runs to stay top, eight points clear of second-placed Thornborough who defeated Castlethorpe by 153 runs, while Charlie Thomas’ amazing spell of six wickets for just seven runs inspired Evenley A (110) to victory over with Woodford Halse (52).

Silverstone’s Division Four title hopes suffered a blow when they were beaten by seven wickets at Middleton Cheney A despite Barry Jackson’s 89. Dunchurch & Bilton top the table with Byfield A second.