WHITCHURCH reversed last season’s result by beating WOODCOTE by 38 runs on Sunday.
Woodcote skipper Mark Pearson asked the visitors to bat first, then he and Mattimore subjected them to a lively opening spell which saw them struggling at 22-3 after seven overs.
A recovery followed, led by Hill and Kumar, and a hard-hitting unbeaten 54 from Mutepta saw them reach 184-7 after their 35 overs.
Mattimore, Pearson and debutant Vijay took two wickets each while Jose again impressed with his spin which went unrewarded.
Lennard and Anderson began brightly, putting 29 on the board in six overs before Lennard fell to a stunning catch by Neeson at point.
Wickets fell regularly, mainly due to a fine spell by Chapman, and the game looked lost at 67-5 with only 18 overs left.
A good partnership between Fuller and Pearson threatened to put Woodcote back in with a chance but when Chapman trapped the former with his final ball the match swung back in favour of Whitchurch.
Jose gave his skipper some support but when Pearson was clean bowled by the returning Heard there was only going to be one result.
Pick of the bowlers was Chapman with 4-29, with Heard and Williams claiming two scalps each.