Charlton lost ground in the race for the SNCL Premier Division title this week when they suffered an agonising one-run defeat in a nail-biting final-ball clash against Byfield.
Bowling first, Zulifiqar Hussain (4-45) helped Charlton restrict Byfield to 195 all out, however the home side fell short by the narrowest of margins in their reply despite the best efforts of Harry Brown (36) and Ryan Knight (35).
The result means Charlton have fallen 25 points behind leaders Warwick University Staff who this week beat Syresham by six wickets.
Nathan Archer’s 60 was the backbone of Syresham’s 175-9 batting first but Shapan D’Souza trumped that with 90 to guide Warwick to victory.
Second-placed Middleton Cheney (185) also won as they beat Evenley (157) by 28 runs, while Sean Osborn (5-37) and Aiden Birch (40) played starring roles in Thornborough’s 17-run triumph over Wroxton.
In a top-of-the-table clash in Division One, leaders MK Afro Caribbean suffered a rare defeat as Radway boosted their hopes with a 96-run win.
Elsewhere, Croughton’s struggles persisted when they were beaten by seven wickets against Bodicote, while Neil Bellingham’s 4-43 was not enough to prevent Evenley A from defeat to Castlethorpe.
Greens Norton continued their dominance in Division Three by hammering Kings Sutton by 10 wickets. Sutton could only muster 53 all out against excellent bowling from Neil Taylor (4-7), before Matt Yuill almost singlehandedly chased down the target in reply, finishing 54 not out.
Silverstone currently lead the battle for second spot after beating MK Air A by nine wickets, but Towcestrians remain hot on their heels in third.
Rob Jones top-scored with 66 in Tows’ 144-9 before the bowlers got to work and dismissed Middleton Cheney A for 129, sealing a 15-run win.
There were wins in Division Three for Gawcott & Hillesdon, who beat Helmdon by 50 runs, and Syresham A, while Drew Blundell’s superb all-round display, scoring 45 with the bat and taking 6-14 with the ball, kept Gayton top of Division Four North.
Finally, in Division Four South, Westbury (269-9) swept past Hinton-in-the-Hedges A (134ao) and Middleton Cheney B beat Winslow.