PEPPARD STOKE ROW are the new Premier Division leaders following a three-wicket triumph at SOUTH EAST READING.
South African Dion Sampson celebrated his recall to the side with a fine display, dismissing opener Umar Akram in his opening over thanks to a one-handed slip catch by Rich Ashton.
Matt Hopper trapped Zafar Ali lbw before Sampson removed the dangerous Atif Asif - caught by Will Bishop - to leave South East Reading on 38-3.
Captain Qamar Abbass looked in fine form until he was run out while Ian Jackson grabbed two quick wickets to leave the hosts on 78-6.
Bilal Naeem made an unbeaten 36 to steer his side to a reasonable if under par score, but Sampson’s return ushered out the tail to leave the hosts 125 all out as he claimed figures of 5-36.
Peppard Stoke Row openers Andy Watts and Will Bishop were both adjudged lbw to Asif, but captain Paddy Hennessy and Senthil Muniyasamy shared a third wicket stand to help the visitors reach 104-2.
Hennessy was close to a half century before attempting an audacious mow and being bowled for 44, and when Muniasamy was trapped in front Peppard Stoke Row had slipped to 110-4.
There was further drama to come as Abbass’ off spin enacted another worrying middle order collapse, but Gerry Bacon held his nerve to see the visitors to victory and a place at the top of the table.
SOUTH EAST READING
U Akram, c Ashton, b Sampson 2
A Asif, c Bishop, b Sampson 24
Z Ali, lbw, b Hopper 8
Q Abbass, run out 26
J Naeem, c Bacon, b Jackson 8
A Javed, lbw, b Nicholson 2
B Naeem, not out 36
W Ahmed, c Muniyasamy, b Jackson 5
A Haider-Naeem, b Sampson 2
N Khan, b Sampson 0
M Rafaqat, c Asquith, b Sampson 1
• Best bowling: D Sampson 5-36, I Jackson 2-30.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW
A Watts, lbw, b Asif 12
W Bishop, lbw, b Asif 1
P Hennessy, b Haider-Naeem 44
S Muniyasamy, lbw, b Abbass 30
R Ashton, c & b Abbass 5
H Asquith, c & b J Naeem 4
M Hopper, b Abbass 2
G Bacon, not out 3
I Jackson, not out 0
TOTAL (7 wkts) 126
WOODCOTE put in an impressive display to knock league leaders MORTIMER WEST END off the top of the table on Saturday.
Woodcote elected to bat and posted a big score with skipper Paul Knox once again in the runs and coming close to a century, while Rhod James helped himself to a half-century.
The hosts looked in a strong position as, after an opening half-century partnership, Woodcote found themselves struggling at 121-6.
Knox and Stefan Gordon then shared a stand of 68 to put things back on track and there was a late flurry of runs between Andy Silver and James Worsfold.
Mortimer did not help their cause by conceding a massive 56 extras.
Starting with the old ball after tea, Woodcote spinners Zaheer Ahmed and James Worsfold soon had the home batsmen in trouble. They removed the first six batsmen and when the new ball was taken, Ryan van Heerden and Paul Knox cleaned up the tail.
R James, c Audsley, b Hodson 52
J Mayo, lbw, b Kingston 4
S Henderson, lbw, b Kingston 0
P Knox, c Lloyd, b Kingston 91
R van Heerden, lbw, b Johnson 1
JP Brouard, c Audsley, b Hodson 4
M Stroker, c Lloyd, b Hodson 0
S Gordon, b Kingston 12
A Silver, not out 25
J Worsfold, not out 13
TOTAL (8 wkts) 258
MORTIMER WEST END
A Johnson, b Z Ahmed 27
N Kingston, b Worsfold 12
T Mackenzie, lbw, b Worsfold 1
S Audsley, c Knox, b Z Ahmed 11
A Mackenzie, c Henderson,
b Worsfold 1
A Ali, c James, b Z Ahmed 1
B Hodson, not out 20
J Beale, b Knox 0
A Bosley, b van Heerden 9
K Allsobrook, c Z Ahmed,
b van Heerden 4
R Lloyd, b van Heerden 0
In Division 1 CHECKENDON opening bowler Tony Breakspear continued his fine form against visitors WEST READING 2nds, taking 3-19 in 12 overs.
Varun Kaushal also bowled his left arm spinners to good effect, taking 4-57 as West Reading were dismissed for 139 in 29.5 overs with Younis Khan top scorer on 31.
Granted 50 overs to pass this modest total, Checkendon raced away thanks to an opening stand of 69 in 13 overs between John Acland-Hood and Luke Gray.
Acland-Hood went on to make 69 as the home side completed a comfortable eight-wicket victory in 29.4 overs.
A Raja, c & b Breakspear 7
T Yousuf, c Chib, b Kaushal 24
W Amin, b Chib 11
U Ali, lbw, b Kaushal 8
J Ahmed, b Chib 20
R Ali, c Hegde, b Kaushal 13
Y Khan, b Breakspear 31
Adeel, c Hegde, b H Wickens 6
F Aslam, c Breakspear, b Kaushal 10
Asif, c Heslop, b Breakspear 1
Waleed, not out 3
J Acland-Hood, c Raja, b Aslam 69
L Gray, c Khan, b Yousuf 26
M Wickens, not out 21
V Chib, not out 4
TOTAL (2 wkts) 140
Elsewhere in the division GORING suffered a six-wicket defeat at home to RUISLIP VICTORIA.
Batting first the hosts put on 140-7 with P Slade top scoring with 43.
In reply Ruislip eased to 141-4 with Slade taking 3-33 for the hosts.
Division 2 league leaders PEPPARD STOKE ROW 2nds maintained their position with a 44-run victory at SULHAMSTEAD AND UFTON 2nds. The hosts won the toss and put Peppard Stoke Row 2nds into bat first where they ended their innings on 199-7 with Riaan Ackerman top scoring with 57.
In reply Sulhamstead and Ufton 2nds were bowled out for 155 with Mike Peedell taking 4-54 for the visitors.
PEPPARD STOKE ROW 3rds slipped to a 66-run defeat at home to SONNING 4ths in Division 3.
The hosts won the toss and put Sonning 4ths into bat first where they put on 243-8. In reply Peppard Stoke Row 3rds were bowled out for 177.