South Northants Cricket League round-up: Beckett guides Syresham to victory

Darren Beckett
Darren Beckett

Darren Beckett and Matt Butler both struck half centuries as Syresham collected their second win of the season in the SNCL Premier Division.

Beckett top scored with 73 not out as Syresham impressively chased down Wroxton’s 225-7 with eight wickets to spare.

But there was disappointment for Charlton who lost ground in the title race when they succumbed to defeat in a closely-contested game at leaders Middleton Cheney.

Middleton batted first and were restricted to 153-9 as Ryan Knight took 3-334, however Charlton came up seven runs short despite Knight’s 45.

Thornborough slumped to a disappointing 89 all out when batting first against Marston St Lawrence and that total never seemed enough and so it proved; Marston chasing down the runs for the loss of just three wickets.

There was more woe for Evenley who failed to chase down MK Air’s 132 all out, finishing four runs short, after Joe Walker had taken 4-11 and then made 45 not out.

In Division One, Croughton put some breathing space between them and the bottom when Darren Atkins’ 85 set up a resounding 184-run victory over Woodford Halse.

Croughton batted first and posted 264-5, Jacob Smith chipping in with 47, before Luke Wetherill (3-20) and Mohammed Ishaq (2-7) reduced Woodford Halse to 80 all out.

Table-topping MK Afro Caribbean went into the weekend unbeaten so far this season but a superb bowling display from Evenley A saw them suffer a first defeat.

Evenley only managed 114 batting first but Neil Bellingham (3-5) and Charlie Thomas (3-13) helped skittle Caribbean out for even less, just 62.

Castlethorpe, however, could not do likewise as Willoughby easily chased down their 94 all out.

Greens Norton increased their lead at the Division Two summit by beating second-placed Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

Chris Bowmer and Matt Yuill took three wickets apiece to dismiss Hinton for 99 but it wasn’t all plain sailing for Norton, who squeaked home with just three wickets to spare.

Elsewhere, Towcestrians (100) were soundly beaten by Kings Sutton (101-1) while Andrew Key’s 53 failed to prevent Silverstone (169-7) from suffering an eight wicket loss to Marston St Lawrence (170-2).

In Division Three, Sibford (223-5) made light work of Gawcott & Hillesden (119-7) while Syresham A (159-9) pipped Willoughby A (148-8).

Finally, Hinton-in-the-Hedges (81-3) won their first home game in Division Four South when beating leaders Crown (77) while Winslow (111-8) defeated Wicken (74).