CRICKET: Syresham ran out impressive home winners by 160 runs over Radway in their opening Premier Division match.
George Brock hit a sparkling 115, supported by Darren Beckett,90, and Matt Butler, 56, as the hosts notched 295-2.
Adam Abbotts bagged 5-31 in Radway’s reply of 135 all out, Brock, 2-38 and Nathan Archer, 2-39, also getting among the wickets. Stephen Douthwaite (42) showed some resistance for Radway before being caught behind off Abbotts.
Last year’s champions Byfield (185-4) enjoyed a six-wicket home success over Hinton-in-the Hedges (184-8). Hinton’s Tim Merritt topscored with 37, aided by Steve Connor,33 and Steve Cone, 25 not out, as Byfield’s Jake Heath grabbed 4-49. Rob Oliver hit 62 for Byfield, with Talib Ali notching 2-38 for the visitors.
Evenley (128-3) got their campaign off to a good start with a seven-wicket home win over Woodford Halse (127). Alex Romaine,41, Anthony Romaine, 22, and Dave Holden, 18 not out, were the Evenley batting mainstays, while bowlers Barney Williams 3-22, Ashley Peyton-Bruhl,3-41 and Ben Patterson, 3-31 were on the mark.
Thornborough (167) lost to Warwick University Staff (169-4) by six wickets. Thornborough’s Tom North topscored with 48 and Ian Chapman hit a handy 31, but Staff eased past their total with Karan Gupta blasting 75.
In the M & P Scott (Builders) Division One, Preston Capes (113) lost narrowly by 10 runs at Fenny Compton (124). Capes’ Dave Holmes hit a useful 43, with Holmes 3-22 and Matt Daynes, 2-32, taking the bowling honours. Darren Franklin grabbed 5-23 for Fenny and Derek Maries 3-31.
Middleton Cheney (269-7) beat Stoneleigh (83) by 186 runs, while Afro Caribbean (152-5) were five-wicket winners over Grange Park (151) .
Silverstone (186-5) fell to Evenley A (188-6) by four wickets in Division Two. Silverstone’s Olly Hawkins resisted with a fine 82 as Andy Reader, 2-34,and Chris Scott, 2-55, struck for the hosts.
Richard Darby,68, and Charlie Williams, 71 not out, led the way for Evenley, with Hugh Williams grabbing 3-20 for the visitors.
Sibford (171-3) just failed against Preston Bissett (174-7), going down by three wickets.Matt Flower,32, and Kevin DeSilva,27 were Preston’s topscorers , with Sibford’s Ian Wollerton blasting 78.
Greens Norton (241-3) swept aside Byfield A (97) with an impressive 144-run victory.Norton’s Bristow smashed an unbeaten 143, while Pete Allen, 5-14 and Andre Bodily, 5-19 did the bowling damage.
Gawcott & Hillesden (277-1) won by 199 runs against Willoughby(78) in Division Three. Nick Stanger with an unbeaten 121 and Pete Brooks,84, led the batting honours for Gawcott,with Ashley Griffiths 4-21 and Darren Stanger 3-16 skittling out Willoughby.
Croughton were winners over Finmere, who failed to raise a side. Charlton (299-7) trounced Gayton (17) by a mammoth 282 runs, Ryan Knight 107 and Graham Knight,71, the lynchpin of the Charlton batting. Andy Shaw ripped through the Gayton innings with 4-12.
Bodicote A (134) beat Preston Capes A (43) by 91 runs.
In Division Four, Helmdon (130) saw off Chipping Warden (83) by 47 runs. Souraj Malluk,4-22 and Geoff Bridger,3-33 tore through the Chipping batting, with Chris Lipson helping the win with a steady 54.
Maids Moreton (53-5) beat Syresham A (52) in a low scoring game by five wickets. Maids’ bowlers Adam Davis, 5-23, and Gordon Fraser,2-27, saw them home, with Davis also hitting 19.
Priors (169) opened their account with a 96-run home victory over Thornborough A (73). Cameron Davis 3-33, Derek Davis 3-33 and Tom Oxley 3-35 bowled well for Thornborough but the side’s batting wasn’t so hot.
Silverstone A (131-6) fell to Flecknoe (132-2) by eight wickets, while Preston Bissett A(111) lost heavily by 135 runs at Braunston A (246-5) Tim Jones hit 27 for Preston, while Spriggs and Lodge were Braunston’s batsmen of note.
Brackley (222-6) beat Hinton-in-the Hedges A (135-8) by 87 runs. James Timmis pushed the score along for Brackley with a tremendous 82, supported by George Brooker, 26 and Sam Faulkner with an unbeaten 22.
Hinton’s Keith Burden took 2-24 and SeanGardiner 2-48. Gardiner also hit a fine 44 and Adam Paris 30, with Brooker grabbing 3-17.
Middleton Cheney (152-5) beat Evenley B (149-1)by eight wickets. Neil Hillman topscored for Cheney with 69 and Matt Rush put on a useful 61 for Evenley.