EVENLY maintained their lead at the top of the Premier Division with a six wicket win against Thornborough/
Batting first Thornborough made 195-6 with Tom North (51) notching a half century. But it proved insufficient, thanks to an unbeaten 80 from Evenley’s Dave Holden and an incredible 52 extras.
Byfield kept in contention in third place with a convincing nine wicket win at Marston St Lawrence. Duncan Harris hit 82 not out and Steve Clayton 73 as Byfield overturned Marston’s 180-9. Earlier Jon Carr had taken 5-35.
Syresham dismissed Hinto-in-the-Hedges for a meagre 81 to earn a 104 run victory. Earlier they had scored 185 all out, with Dan Archer (39) top scoring.
Archer went on to complete a good day by grabbing 4-34, while Matt Butler took 4-16.
In the M & P Scott Builders Division One, Castlethorpe thrashed Grange Park by nine wickets to stay top, while Preston Capes collapsed to 56 all out in a 108 run defeat at Willoughby. Ian Holmes had taken 5-41 for Capes, but the batting was woeful.
Division Two leaders Greens Norton returned to winning ways with a five wicket win against Evenley ‘A’. Graham Harmon hit 81 not out for Evenley, but Andre Bodily (61 not out) and Mike Bristow (47) helped Norton home.
Silverstone (132-6) were beaten by MK AIR (133-4), while Preston Bissett (138) enjoyed a better day against Crown (77) with a 61 run win. Matt Collins hit 75 for Bissett.
But the game of the day came at Byfield, where Byfield ‘A’ tied with Wroxton. Both sides made 139 in a tense finish.
The top two in Division Three secured comfortable wins, with leaders Charlton (125-9) beating Preston Capes ‘A’ (92) by 33 runs. Ahtaram Muhammed, Ryan Knight and Andy Shaw took three wickets apiece for Charlton.
Second place Croughton kept up the pressure crushing Wardington by ten wickets. Chasing 119, Darren Atkins hit 56 and Imaran Hussain 55 to secure the win.
Elsewhere Finmere scored 140 all out, with Keith Carpenter (60 not out) on form. Luke Tory then tore into the Willoughby ‘A’ batting line, taking 4-28 to help dismiss them for 89 and secure a 51 run win.
In Division Four, Maids Moreton, in second place, lost a cracking game against leaders Braunston Paddock.
Paddock hit 188-8 batting first, with Darren Cox leading the way on 51, and extras weighing in with 41. That looseness probably cost Maids Moreton the match as they fell agonisingly short on 186-7. Gordon Fraser was unbeaten on 67 and Paul Stairs made 37, but Moreton fell two runs short.
Syresham ‘A’ bagged maximum points as opponents Grange Park ‘A’ failed to raise a side.
Star of the show for Brackley was Ian Harris whose 85 helped them to a 51 run win against Flecknow in Division Five. Ian Timmins also hit 46 as Brackley made 213-6, before dismissing their opponents for 162.
Leaders Priors took 20 points as Evenley ‘B’ failed to raise a side, while Hinton-in-the-Hedges ‘A’ (71-3) hammered Thornborough ‘A’ (70) by seven wickets.
Preston Bisset ‘A’ scored 216-6 against Silverstone ‘A’ thanks to 55 not out from Ajal Magbool and 45 from Dinesh Sihag.
Arthur Bryant then took 4-22 as Silverstone were rattled out fotr 155, Dom Barker making 50.
> Byfield ‘A’ came out on top in the Premier Division KO Cup Final securing a comfortable sevn wicket win against Syresham ‘A’.
Batting first Syresham collapsed to a paltry 66 all out, using up just 14.2 of their 20 overs. Adam Beckett top scored with 18 not out, but it was bowlers Jon Carr, with an incredible 6-10, and Jake Heath (3-13) who stole the show.
In reply, Byfield were made to work hard for their runs, but the total was never going to be enough for Syresham.
Carr made 25 not out and Steve Clayton 24 as Byfield win by seven wickets, despite taking 15.3 overs.
Adam Abbotts took 2-19 in a vain effort for Syresham.