A HIGH-SCORING 35-over friendly at WHITCHURCH ended in victory for CHECKENDON by a margin of just three runs.
Visiting opener Jon Westcar hit exactly 100, including four sixes and 17 fours, as Checkendon made 246-9.
Lyn Williams was the most successful bowler for Whitchurch taking 3-51.
Cormack Neeson led the reply for the home team with 81 supported by Scott Williams who hit 61.
In a tense finale Checkendon held their collective nerve thanks to the death bowling of Vikas Chib and Prashent Panwar, backed up by a fine fielding display from the young visiting side.
P Panwar, lbw, b Karlo
J Westcar, lbw, b S Williams
S Arrowsmith, b L Williams
Ash Tripathi, c —, b L Williams
T Winter, st —, b S Williams
L Gray, c L Williams, b A Kumar
V Kumar, lbw, b L Williams
V Chib, c —, b A Kumar
Adi Tripathi, not out
E Mishra, run out
H Wickens, not out
TOTAL (9 wkts)
Best bowling: L Williams 3-51.
W Chapman, c Westcar, b S Arrowsmith
T Chapman, lbw, b V Kumar
S Williams, b Chib
C Neeson, c Westcar, b Panwar
B Karlo, b Panwar
A Kumar, c P Arrowsmith, b Chib
J Steward, not out
L Williams, not out
TOTAL (6 wkts)
Best bowling: Chib 2-26, Panwar 2-49.