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Newbury were dominant 90 run winners over Bracknell as they maintained their lead at the top of the Division 5b table.

That was despite losing a couple of important wickets early on in their innings including in-form opener Charlie Anstey, who was bowled for 12.

Charlie Anstey watches his bails fly
Charlie Anstey watches his bails fly
Bhupendra Shekhawat was out for 10 as Newbury made a slow start
Bhupendra Shekhawat was out for 10 as Newbury made a slow start

His fellow opener, Surya Sastry, top scored with 51 as Newbury posted 229/9 that included valuable innings from John Duncan (44) and Shailesh Sawant (42 not out).

Surya Sastry top scored with 51
Surya Sastry top scored with 51

Newbury's bowlers then skittled third placed Bracknell for just 139 all-out.

All 10 wickets fell to spin – both Anstey (5-43) and Kevin Mills (5-48) claimed five-fers.

Elsewhere, there was disappointment for Sulhamstead and Ufton who fell to a six wicket defeat against Slough 2nd.

Sulhamstead recovered from losing Chris Mercer without scoring to reach 115/2 thanks to important innings from Steve Belcher (55) and Marc Thompson (59).

Sulhamstead were unable to capitalise on these solid foundations however and their final eight wickets fell for 87 runs as they were all-out for 202.

Matthew Gil made a bright start with the ball, removing Slough's opener with the score 2/1.

Slough then recovered from 61/3 to reach 203/4 to move 20 points clear of Sulhamstead in the Division 2b table.

Purley-on-Thames and Taplow shook hands on a draw following an even contest.

Purley restricted Taplow to 198/9 thanks to good bowling from Patrick Allen (4-33) and Caleb Maycock (3-36).

Had it not been for a resilient 66 not out from Robert Clarke, Taplow might have secured an important win.

As it was, Clarke remained unbeaten and the captains settled for a draw with Purley on 176/9, the visitors taking home nine points.

Theale and Tilehurst were comfortably beaten by 54 runs against Aldershot.

Aldershot won the toss and batted first, declaring on 254/4 before bowling Theale all-out for 200.

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