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Digweed double hundred highlight of hat-trick of wins for Newbury CC

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Newbury 2nd secured an impressive win over Wokingham 5th thanks in large part to Simon Digweed's sensational 208.

Digweed's double hundred came off 143 balls and featured 22 fours and 10 sixes.

In fact, Digweed's phenomenal knock accounted for more than two thirds of Newbury's runs as his side posted 300/8.

Following Digweed, Newbury's next seven batters made just 21 runs before Russell Bartlett, in at nine, smashed an unbeaten 45.

In response, Wokingham were left to rue some poor running between wickets – their 257/5 included two run outs.

Matt Smith (2-32) starred with the ball for Newbury as Wokingham fell 43 runs short.

Newbury's first team maintained their fine form by emphatically beating Sonning 2nd by 150 runs.

Table toppers Newbury recovered from an indifferent start with the bat to post 283/5 from their 49 overs.

After losing both openers early, Bhupendra Shekhawat (37) and Rohit Sengupta (52) laid the foundations for a competitive total.

Jagjit Singh and Shailesh Sawant then took full advantage with some aggressive batting towards the end of the innings.

Singh finished unbeaten on 85 from just 66 balls, which included eight fours and a six, while Sawant made a better than run-a-ball 41 not out.

Newbury's Jagjit Singh hit an unbeaten 85
Newbury's Jagjit Singh hit an unbeaten 85

Sonning's reply couldn't have got off to a worse start when Newbury's Jimmy Herdman picked up a wicket in the first over before Sonning's openers had troubled the scorers.

Thereafter, Sonning's batters proved unable to cope with the spin of Charlie Anstey, who followed up a hundred last week with a five-fer.

Anstey's sublime 3.80 average was somehow bettered by fellow spinner Kevin Mills' 3-10 on an excellent afternoon for Newbury's bowlers as Sonning were all out for 133.

The result leaves Newbury 13 points clear of second placed side Reading 2nd in Division 5b.

Newbury 3rd made it a hat trick of emphatic wins for Newbury's sides this week following an eight wicket win over Sonning 4th.

Sonning were all out for 151, Matt Manners (3-6) the pick of the bowlers.

Manners then hit 38 as Newbury surpassed Sonning's total with ease, Jayaprakash Pammula finishing unbeaten on 61.

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