Evenley condemn Byfield to first defeat

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Evenley condemned Byfield to their first defeat of the season in the Cherwell Cricket League Premier Division after winning by virtue of a better run-rate.

With a storm forecast, Evenley batted first and scored 206-9 with Steve Harris (62) top scoring before Barney Williams took 2-38 to restrict Byfield to 165-3 when the heavens opened. Evenley are still fourth and remain well behind Syresham, who were beaten by Wroxton.

Having bowled the home side out for 129, Syresham would have fancied their chances but Talib Hussain took 6-22 to bowl the visitors out for just 84.

Bottom of the table Thornborough also lost on run-rate despite Dan Hassell (4-54) and Nick Chapman (43) performing well against Marston St Lawrence.

In Division One, Greens Norton have gone top after they won and both Evenley A and Charlton were beaten.

Chasing 83 to win against Byfield A, Norton comfortably chased down the target with eight wickets to spare, while Charlton were bowled out for 75 against Willoughby and Evenley A lost to bottom of the table Hinton-in-the-Hedges despite Neil Bellingham taking 5-32 and Dave Holden scoring 54. Anthony Franks took 4-62 for Hinton.

Division Two leaders MK Air extended their lead to 27 points thanks to a five-wicket win over Hanslope, while Croughton are up to third with a win over Marston St Lawrence as Darren Atkins scored 73 and Mohammed Ishaq 64 in Croughton’s 241-4. In reply, Marston reached 100-3 before the rain came and gave Croughton victory thanks to their better run-rate.

King’s Sutton continued their relentless form in Division Three as they won their 12th consecutive match, although this victory came after Syresham failed to raise a side.

Gayton are second having beaten third-placed Silverstone by five wickets, while Gawcott & Hillesden are fifth after Colin (4-20) and Alex (47) Piggott saw them to victory against Woodford Halse A.

Towcestrians remain unbeaten in Division Four after Radway failed to raise a side and Helmdon are in second following a low-scoring win over Wardington. Chris Lipson took 7-22 to bowl the visitors out for 48 before Helmdon lost six wickets in reply as they edged over the line.

Finally, in Division Five, Hinton-in-the-Hedges A are fourth after beating Brackley thanks to a superior run-rate. Batting first, Keith Burden struck a fine unbeaten 111 in Hinton’s 241-3 before Sam Oliver took 3-10 to reduce Brackley to 85-7 in reply.

Evenley B and Thornborough A, meanwhile, had a walkover wins after Silverstone A and Preston Capes A both failed to raise a side. Flecknoe remain top of the Division after beating Preston Bissett.

Saturday, August 3, Premier Division fixtures: Castlethorpe v Byfield, Warwick Uni Staff v Marston St Lawrence, Wroxton v Thornborough, Middleton Cheney v Radway, Syresham v Evenley.

Division One: Byfield A v Willoughby, Grange Park v Bodicote, Evenley A v Afro Caribbean, Greens Norton v Woodford Halse, Hinton-in-the-Hedges v Charlton.

Division Two: Croughgton v MK Air, Hanslope v Braunston Paddox, Marston St Lawrence A v Preston Capes, Preston Bissett v Crown.

Division Three: Priors Marston v Gayton, Bodicote A v Syresham A, Gawcott & Hillesden v King’s Sutton, Woodford Halse A v Sibford.