South Northants Cricket League: Tows and Evenley set the early pace

Harry Brooker
Harry Brooker

Towcestrians are the new outright leaders in Division Three after they cruised to a third successive win in the latest round of matches in the South Northants Cricket League matches.

Put into bat on a slow pitch, Tows made a poor start and lost both openers with less than 15 runs on the board.

Skipper Roger Wilson and Steve Edwards steadied the ship, mixing resolute defense while still punishing anything loose to put on 45 before Edwards was caught at slip for 19.

Wilson continued his fine form at the other end, scoring six fours and one six in 41, but his dismissal was followed by that of new boy Dan Freeborough as Tows slumped to 80-5.

However, James Rowe and James Falvey made the most of some poor back-up bowling by Bodicote, plundering boundaries at will, before Falvey was departed for a hard-hitting 29.

Ben Roe joined Rowe at the crease and the pair put on 79 in quick time, with Rowe seeing the innings through to finish unbeaten on 56 as Tows posted 216-9 from their 40 overs.

Bodicote struggled in reply and stumbled to 22-4 with Alan Edwards taking four wickets in nine tight overs that yielded just 18 runs.

The back-up bowling was equally as good from Tows, well supported by the fielding as the visitors found runs hard to come by. Steve Edwards picked up 3-7 from three overs while Falvey took 1-14 in Bodicote’s 117 all out, well short of the target to give Tows their third win from three games.

Elsewhere in the SNCL, Evenley also maintained their winning start to the season when Harry Williams and Harry Brooker took three wickets apiece in a five-wicket victory over MK Afro Caribbean, which put them top of the Premier Division.

Syresham are third in the same division as Mark Wilson (62), Dan Archer (49) and George Brock (4-47) guided them to a 15-run over MK Air, while Charlton picked up their second win of the season by beating Byfield by 118 runs.

In Division One, Croughton (200-9) currently lead the way after picking up a third straight win over Castlethorpe (145), and Thornborough also have a 100 per cent record as Ian Chapman took 3-9 in their five-wicket victory at home to Greens Norton, while Evenley A (89-6) beat Hinton-in-the-Hedges (88) to go fourth after Andrew Reader picked up 3-6.