Walker steers Evenley to win over Syresham

Nick Stanger of Gawcott and Hillesden CC
Nick Stanger of Gawcott and Hillesden CC

THERE was no change at the top of the Premier Division at the weekend with leaders Byfield and second-placed Evenley both grabbing wins.

Evenley fought out a close contest with local rivals Syresham at home, winning by three wickets.Anthony Romaine did the damage with 5-11 for Evenley, restricting Syresham to 120, with George Brock hitting 35 and Matt Butler 24. Simon Walker was Evenley’s best batsman with 55 as they made 123-7, Dan Archer grabbing 3-35 for the visitors.

Byfield eased to a seven-wicket home success over Radway, posting 86-3 after the visitors were dismissed for 83. Byfield’s Eli Heath topscored with an unbeaten 33, Jake Heath the pick of the home side’s bowlers with 3-9.

Hinton-in-the-Hedges lost by 154 runs at third-placed Warwick University Staff. Only Ollie Prendergast (28) defied impressive Staff as Hinton slumped to 78 all out, Ajay Nair,6-26, and Ajit Nair,3-8, mopping up the wickets for the hosts. Ajit Nair wreaked further damage with the bat, scoring 67. Mark Linford, 2-22, and Paul White,2-38, were the pick of the Hinton bowlers.

In Division One, leaders Afro Caribbean (175) maintained their 100% record, beating Middleton Cheney (136) by 39 runs.Stephen King, 4-31, and Adam Nadin,4-44, kept the runs down for Cheney as Cedric Miller topscored with 46 for Afro.Amir Ali notched 5-27 for the hosts.

Fifth-placed Preston Capes (116) slipped to a 36-run defeat at Grange Park.Man of the match honours went to Grange’s Lee Roberts with 82 and 3-41.Anthony Franks notched 6-45 for the visitors, Richard Parsons their best batsmen with 28.

In Division Two, leaders Greens Norton (110) are still unbeaten after outgunning second-placed MK Air (52) by 58 runs. Chris Bowmer sparkled with 7-18 for Norton, assisted by Dave Wilson,2-26.

Third-placed Preston Bissett (181-8) edged Silverstone (160-7) by 21 runs. Preston’s Sohail Manzoor impressed with 76, with Jenny Williams notching 4-43 and Hugh Williams 3-18. Silverstone’s top scorer was Simon Mackay with 44, while Les Ashby took 4-36.

In mid-table Byfield A (120-8) and Evenley A (116-8) fought out a close game, which saw the former triumph by just two wickets. Lloyd Parkinson kept the runs down with 5-22 for Byfield as Ollie Patterson hit 33 for the visitors. Evenley bowlers Mike Peyton-Bruhl, 4-15, and Andy Reader, 2-37, were in fine form.

In Division Three, joint leaders Charlton (80-2) brushed aside fourth-placed Bodicote A (79) by five wickets to keep up their unbeaten start. Richard Taylor’s haul of 7-27 for Charlton tore apart the Bodicote batting, only Paul Cutler (22) and Adam Harris (20) getting among the runs. Ahtaram Muhamad’s unbeaten 39 and Graham Knight (20 not out) saw Charlton home. Gayton could only muster a miserable 21 runs as third-placed Croughton (22-0) crushed the visitors. Rashid Mehmood grabbed a brilliant 7-9, while Imran Hussain topscored with an unbeaten 12.

Basement side Finmere (128-7) are still winless after a seven-wicket defeat at joint leaders Marston (129-3).

Gawcott & Hillesden (143-7) went down by five wickets at Preston Capes A (145-5), despite a fine performance from Nick Stanger, who hit 64 and took 5-29. Kyle Kalym struck a solid 74 not out for the hosts.

Maids Moreton remain top in Division Four after gaining maximum points over Grange Park A, who failed to raise a side.

Second-placed Syresham A beat Radway A by four wickets. Scott Andrew and Luke Andrew were the batting mainstays for Syresham with unbeaten knocks of 78 and 38 in their side’s total of 221-6.Scott Andrew grabbed 3-71 as Radway posted 219-5.

In Division Five, leaders Priors (183) beat Flecknoe (137) by 46 runs. Fourth-placed Brackley (131)lost by six wickets at Preston Bissett A (132-4), one place below them. Arthur Bryant starred for Preston with a useful 52 not out, while Neil Daniel was their other man in form with 7-37. Bill Land struck 46 for the visitors.