UNBEATEN Division Three leaders Charlton became the first side to reach 200 league points with a blistering 261-run win at Gayton in the South Northants Cricket League.
Batsmen Ryan Knight (120) and Ahtaram Muhammed (100) grabbed centuries apiece as Charlton posted a mammoth 324-5 last Saturday. Gayton could only manage 63 in reply, as star man Knight struck with 3-26 and Ellis Rush 2-2.
Second-placed Croughton (89-1) kept in touch with the leaders with a nine-wicket victory at Finmere (88), Mohammed Ishaq grabbing 6-16. Preston Capes A (133-7) edged Bodicote A (131-8) at home by three wickets.
In the Premier Division, Evenley maintained top spot with a narrow 38-run win at home to Woodford Halse. Evenley posted 216-7, with Anthony Romaine topscoring with 79, supported by an unbeaten 51 from Dave Holden. Halse were skittled for 178, Ben Patterson grabbing 3-7 (pictured) and Romaine 3-47.
Second-placed Syresham (237-8) continued their good form with a comprehensive win at basement side Radway (131). George Brock hit a mighty 95 not out and notched 7-40 to make it a memorable day. Darren Beckett hit a useful 40 in support.
>>In the Premier Division KO Cup semi-finals Byfield (129-2) beat Hinton-in-the-Hedges (125-8) by eight wickets. Hinton’s Mark Linford scored 20 and took 2-42.
The Division One KO Cup semi-finals saw Castlethorpe (122-4) beat Grange Park (114-4) by eight runs and Preston Capes (155-5) outgun Bodicote (91-7) by 64 runs.
All conquering Charlton (117-1) beat Wardington (114) by nine wickets in the Division Three KO Cup semi-final. Graham Knight hit an unbeaten 69 for Charlton and Brian Taylor 23.Ahtaram Muhammed grabbed 5-14.
Helmdon (106-3) beat Preston Bissett A (102-6) by seven wickets in the Division Four & Five KO Cup semi-final.