Five of the best as Newbury march on
Newbury made it five wins from six this season thanks to a comfortable victory at Purley 2nd in Division 5B.
Newbury opted to bat and in-form openers Charlie Anstey and Surya Sastry put on 63 for the first wicket before Sastry was dismissed for 24.
Anstey was eventually bowled for 48 and a crucial partnership of 68 between Jagjit Singh (48) and the impressive Bhupendra Shekhawat (54no) took Newbury to 233-9 from their 50 overs.
Purley were then dismissed for 74, 159 runs short of Newbury’s total.
Tom Kingston (5-30) finished with his best figures for Newbury and captain Kevin Mills claimed three wickets for nine runs in 6.2 overs.
Purley’s first team fared far better, beating Thatcham 2nd in emphatic fashion.
Thatcham were skittled out for 169, as Chris Ellison (4-9) and James Leach (3-41) starred with the ball for Purley.
Purley made light work of the chase – an unbeaten 80 from Chris Rackley and 71no from James Denton saw them home with nine wickets, and 16 overs, remaining.
Sulhamstead fell to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Cove in Division 2B.
Sulhamstead were put into bat and lost a succession of early wickets as they slumped to 79-5.
However, resilient batting helped them to 197-7 from their 50 overs thanks to Matt Burrows (26), Christian Blackford (59) and Craig Palmer (36no).
Palmer took an early wicket for Sulhamstead and Joe Webb claimed a run out, but a 138-run third-wicket partnership won the game for Cove.
Theale and Tilehurst beat White Waltham by 104 runs.
Kieran Coleman made 98 off 102 balls and Rob Why smacked 74 off 66 deliveries as Theale posted 257-9.
Coleman’s disappointment at being dismissed in the nervous nineties was somewhat assuaged thanks to an excellent effort from his bowlers – Brian Cooper claimed six wickets as Waltham were all out for 153.