HENLEY 2nds narrowly lost out away to DATCHET in Division 1 in a game that could have gone either way.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and put on 164-9 with Datchet’s J Dick taking 6-40.
In reply the hosts held on to surpass Henley’s total with just one wicket in hand. Datchet ended on 168-9 with Z Ashraf taking 5-64 for the visitors.
Basement side KIDMORE END’S winless campaign continued as they lost out at YATELEY.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first and were bowled out for 182 with James Frost taking 5-77 for the visitors.
Chasing the modest target Kidmore End found scoring runs hard to come by as they were skittled out for 141.
WARGRAVE moved up to third place in Division 3A after winning away to second placed WOKINGHAM 2nds.
Wokingham won the toss and chose to field with Wargrave making a good start with the bat as Mandip Sohi and Luke Taylor made inroads into the batting before Taylor was out trying to go for his third straight six with the score on 91.
Wickets fell consistently as Wargrave were aggressive with their batting in a push to create a solid total with all batsmen contributing to the overall score as the team finished on 231 with Sohi the top scorer with 67.
Wokingham’s innings got off to a difficult start as they lost two wickets in their third over, Sohi striking twice with some accurate bowling.
Continued tight bowling from E Woods and Sohi maintained the pressure as the opening 22 overs went for 38 runs with the loss of four wickets.
A change of bowling one end and Euan Woods continuing at the other maintained the pressure as Wargrave continued to hunt for wickets.
Good batting by B Myles slowed down Wargrave but when he was dismissed by E Woods wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Alex Woods got the final wicket but it was E Woods who finished with best figures of 7-36 off 16 overs.
Elsewhere in the division HENLEY 3rds lost out at Nettlebed to EVERSLEY 2nds.
Having won the toss the hosts put Eversley into bat first and the visitors were bowled out for 208 with Sam Birkett finishing with 5-33.
In reply Samuel Ranger hit 55 but this was not enough for the hosts who were dismissed for 156.
KIDMORE END 2nds’ home match with EVERSLEY 3rds in Division 6B was cancelled due to the overnight and early morning rain.
Division 7A league leaders WARGRAVE 2nds continued their promotion push with a comfortable six wicket victory at home to THEALE AND TILEHURST 3rds. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first but never looked comfortable against the accurate Wargrave attack and were eventually bowled out for 108 in 39 overs. Scott Morton 4-35 and Scott Walker 3-22 did most of the damage for Wargrave.
In reply the hosts knocked off the runs in the 19th over, finishing 110-4. Andy Amor led the way with 28, Emma Walker 16, Chris Lunn 20 and Sam Bowers 15 not out hitting the winning runs.
HENLEY 4ths chased down more than 200 runs to win their Division 7B match away to DATCHET 3rds. The victory moved the visitors up to second place in the table.
Having been put in to bat by Henley, the early overs of the match were dominated by Datchet, despite some impressive fielding from Johnson and Oldershaw. The introduction of Taylor and Viljoen into the attack changed the momentum of the game, with some very tight bowling resulting in the first breakthrough to Taylor. Palmer came into the attack and took four wickets from his nine overs as Datchet tried to up the run rate. The home side declared on 215-6 after 50 overs.
The Henley chase got off to a shaky start with the loss of two early wickets. Oldershaw entered at 10-2 and saw off the opening bowlers along with Palmer before lifting a drive to mid off.
This brought Johnson to the crease and another strong partnership formed, with Palmer and Johnson scoring 61 and 64 respectively, picking apart the Datchet attack.
The departure of both batsmen threatened the chase but Andrew Davies, playing alongside his son, provided a boundary-filled 38 not out batting alongside 13-year-old debutant Dalrymple who scored 19 not out to guide Henley to victory as they ended on 216-5.
KIDMORE END 3rds remain second from bottom in Division 8B after crashing to a seven wicket defeat at ICKENHAM 4ths.
Batting first Kidmore End were all out for 160. In reply Ickenham 4ths eased to 163-3 to win the match.
D Colbourne hit 53 not out to guide Division 9B promotion chasers WARGRAVE 3rds to a six wicket victory at home to HAYES 4ths.
The visitors batted first and were dismissed for just 96 runs. In reply Wargrave needed just 18.3 overs to reach 99-4 and secure the win.