SNCL round-up: Charlton survive scare as Evenley claim first win

Harry Brooker in action against Thornborough
Harry Brooker in action against Thornborough

Charlton remain in the hunt for the South Northants Cricket League Premier Division title after a low-scoring two-wicket win against Syresham at the weekend.

Charlton appeared on course for a more comprehensive win when they bowled Syresham out for just 64 as Ryan Knight (4-28) and Azhar Shah (3-5) proved too hot to handle despite Adam Beckett’s gutsy 37.

Syresham almost snatched the most unlikely of wins when Dan Archer’s 5-35 ripped through Charlton, however Ryan Knight (19no) guided his side to a narrow victory which keeps them third in the table.

With leaders Middleton Cheney not playing due to the weather, Charlton are now just 14 points adrift of top spot.

Evenley are off the bottom after clinching their first win of the season which came against Thornborough.

Harry Brooker (4-32) and Adam Budd (3-19) were the star men with the ball as Thornborough slumped to 101 all out, a total which proved no problem for Evenley as Matthew Wethey’s 55 guided them to an eight-wicket victory.

Division One suffered at the hands of the weather as two games were abandoned, including table-topping MK Afro Caribbean’s encounter with Woodford Halse.

Evenley A had better luck with the weather but couldn’t capitalise against Byfield A who ran out 43-run winners after Nigel Cook top scored with 63 in their 128 all out.

In the other games, Bodicote secured a narrow nine-run victory over Castlethorpe and Radway defeated Willoughby by three wickets.

There was more weather woe in Division Two as both Towcestrians versus Hinton-in-the-Hedges and Kings Sutton against Marston St Lawrence were abandoned.

That allowed pace-setters Greens Norton to extend their advantage at the top of the table after Gary Turner struck a magnificent unbeaten 128 in their 205-trouncing of bottom side Priors, who were dismissed for a paltry 55 in their reply to Norton’s 260-2.

Just two matches took place in Division Three, one of which saw Gawcott & Hillesden beaten by 139 runs at Wroxton A, while Crown (154-9) remain top of Division Four South following their 55-run victory against Thornborough A (99).