PEPPARD STOKE ROW KITES slipped to a narrow 15-run defeat in a high-scoring match with HENLEY ASTROS on Sunday.
The hosts elected to field and captain Rob Dyer made an early breakthrough, but number three Ed Foster - a former England age group player - hit a century to help the visitors seize control.
A fine spell from 15-year-old Alfie Jordan, who returned figures of 2-41 off eight overs, aided by wickets from fellow youngster Nick Evans and off spinner Ashley Hayden (2-37) helped restrict the visitors to a total of 238.
Jordan was dismissed cheaply in the reply but Mike and Paddy Hennessy (39) combined to take the hosts to 78-1 at the half-way stage, before the latter was adjudged caught behind immediately after the drinks break.
Mike Hennessy continued to display an array of shots as he recorded a half century, and aided by quick-fire contributions from Pradeep Kumar (23) and Matt Ravden (27), the Kites remained in the game. Hennessy was eventually dismissed by Richard Woolfrey - a Peppard Stoke Row regular - for 81, and despite the best efforts of Hayden (29 not out), the hosts eventually closed on 223-6 from their 40 overs.