Nathan Archer picked up seven wickets to fire Syresham to the top of the SNCL Premier Division with a 20-run win over Middleton Cheney in the latest round of matches.
Batting first, Adam Beckett (50)and George Brock (45) top scored in Syresham’s 174-8 before Archer ripped through the Middleton line-up, finishing with 7-44 to seal victory.
That was enough to take Syresham to the top of the table after previous leaders Evenley (101-9) were narrowly beaten by Marston St Lawrence (104-8) despite the best efforts of Anthony Romaine, who took 5-20 and then made 34 with the bat, while Charlton are third thanks to a 60-run win over MK Afro Caribbean.
In Division One, Thornborough (119-4) defeated previously unbeaten Croughton (117-7) by six wickets for their third win in four and to go top.
It’s tight at the top of Division Two with just two points separating the top five as Priors sit top with Byfield second and Silverstone third.
In Division Three, Towcestrians overcame availability problems to comfortably overcome rivals Sibford and keep themselves top of the table with a 100 per cent record.
Stand-in skipper Rob Jones won the toss and elected to bat but soon lost Tom Sheppard to some good bowling from the hosts.
That brought Andy Roberts to join Jones at the crease and the two played sensibly but positively and began to build an advantage, putting on 82 together before Roberts was well caught at mid-wicket.
The runs continued to flow despite that wicket as David Roberts, Adam Booth and Kevin Bartlett all made contributions, but it was Jones who played the key innings as he carried his bat to finish unbeaten on 85 in Tows’ 182-5.
In Sibford’s reply, a superb delivery from Kevin Hawkins clipped the top of off stump to remove opener Alex Beaumont-Dark second ball and that set the tone as the home side’s batsmen struggled to deal with Hawkins’ control and movement as he finished with 3-12 from 10 overs.
Dave Brabham (35) and Kit Lamb staged a rally for Sibford but when Adam Booth ran out Brabham and Roberts had Lamb LBW, the hosts fell away.
The icing on the cake was provided by Jack Wright, who demonstrating the benefits of line and length bowling by mopping up the tail with three wickets in 2.3 overs.
Gawcott & Hillesden are second behind Tows after beating Helmdon by 45 runs.
In Division Four, leaders Maids Moreton extended their winning start to the season by beating Woodford Halse by one wicket, while Thornborough continued to struggle as they lost by 49 runs against Crown.