King’s Sutton beat Syresham in cup final

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Brody Chequer hit 90 off 52 balls for King’s Sutton as they beat Syresham by 37 runs in the final of the SNCL Division Three Knock-out Cup.

Batting first, Sutton scored 176-5 from their 20 overs with Chequer doing the most damage, well supported by captain Daniel Smith (36).

Syresham made a decent start in reply as John Evans (35 off 25 balls) and Harry Brock (44) helped their side to 89-3 in the 12th over.

But the introduction of Henry Whitehouse saw a flurry of wickets as his spell of 4-27 in five overs swung the match in Sutton’s favour. Syresham eventually finished well short on 139-8.

In the Division Four/Five Cup final, Middleton Cheney were crowned champions after Hinton-in-the-Hedges were bowled out for 90 when chasing 117 to win.

Premier Division leaders Byfield, meanwhile, have now won 11 from 11 after they beat Syresham by four wickets. Darren Beckett hit 59 in Syresham’s 205-9 but that was chased down by the runaway leaders.

Evenley are fourth in the table following an entertaining 28-run victory against bottom side Thornborough. Anthony Romaine (54) top scored in Evenley’s 234-7, which was enough for victory as Thornborough were bowled out for 206, Talib Ali took 4-43.

In Division One, Evenley A and Woodford Halse are level on points at the top of the table after both suffered surprise defeats. Evenley were beaten by 38 runs at Grange Park while Woodford lost to Willoughby.

Third-placed Charlton took full advantage of those defeats to close the gap to nine points as Brian Taylor’s 5-18 helped them to an eight-wicket victory against Byfield A.

Hinton’s troubles continue, though, and they remain bottom following a 99-run defeat to Greens Norton.

Dunchurch & Bilton are top of Division Two thanks to a 77-run win against Marston St Lawrence, with MK Air’s win over Braunston Paddox keeping them second.

Third-placed Hanslope, however, were beaten by Croughton in a low-scoring encounter that saw Rashid Mehmood take 4-40.

Dominant King’s Sutton continue to lead the Division Three table with their 10th successive win. Luke Jones hit 81 in Sutton’s 231-5 and that was comfortably enough as Sibford crumbled to 121 all out.

Oscar Heath struck a magnificent unbeaten 151 for Priors as they hammered Silverstone by 158 runs while Matt Cooper (56), Scott Andrew (50) and James Hulston (5-23) impressed for Syresham, who beat Gawcott & Hillesden by 57 runs.

Elsewhere, Towcestrians remain top of Division Four despite not having a game this week and Flecknoe top Division Five with Thornborough and Hinton-in-the-Hedges A both winning.

Saturday, July 20, Premier Division fixtures: Castlethorpe v Radway, Thornborough v Byfield, Warwick Uni Staff v Wroxton, Evenley v Middleton Cheney, Syresham v Marston St Lawrence.

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

Division Two: Crown v Croughton, Hanslope v Dunchurch & Bilton, Marston St Lawrence A v MK Air, Preston Bissett v Braunston Paddox.

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