South Northants Cricket League: Another slender defeat for Charlton

Thornborough's Dan Woodd
Thornborough's Dan Woodd

For the second successive week Charlton were on the wrong end of a nail-biting SNCL Premier Division encounter, this time going down by two runs at Wroxton.

Ryan Knight and Majid Ali each took four wickets after Charlton were asked to bowl first as Wroxton were dismissed for a modest 149.

Knight (45) and Ali (36no) combined again with the bat but despite their best efforts, Talib Ali’s 6-26 steered Wroxton to a tense two-run victory.

That defeat has cost Charlton further ground in the title race, particularly as leaders Warwick University Staff were winning their game at Thornborough at the same time.

Dan Woodd’s 84 provided the backbone of Thornborough’s 180-6 when batting first, however Warwick chased down that total with five wickets to spare.

At the other end of the table, Evenley remain bottom despite clinching a two-wicket win over Marston St lawrence, while Syresham went down by three wickets against MK Air.

In Division One, struggling Croughton came within a whisker of causing a major upset when they took on table-topping MK Afro Caribbean.

Croughton appeared destined for a heavy defeat when bundled out for just 122, however Mohammed Ishaq’s 4-26 set up a tense finish, only for MK to scrape home with two wickets to spare.

There were also wins for Woodford Halse and Dunchurch & Bilton, but Evenley A plummeted to a heavy eight-wicket reverse at Radway.

Division Two runaway leaders Greens Norton continued their rampant form when crushing Towcestrians. Neil Taylor’s unbeaten 51 guided Norton to 204-6 batting first before Matt Yuill (6-22) ran through Tows, who were skittled out for a mere 45.

Silverstone remain second after beating Kings Sutton by 19 runs, while Ian Batts (70) and Sean Gardner (4-39) helped Hinton-in-the-Hedges climb to third with a 90-run win over MK Air A.

In Division Three, leaders Wroxton A (181) easily defeated Sibford (96) to remain clear of second-placed Syresham A, for whom Dan Hopkins took 5-20 in a narrow six-run victory over Maids Moreton.

In the same division, Gawcott & Hillesdon were beaten by five wickets by Bodicote A.