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Joe-no as Lawrance in the runs but Woodhay well-beaten at Winton

Division 1 strugglers East Woodhay had another afternoon to forget with the bat as they suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Winton.

Having made the long trip to Dorset, the visitors lost the toss and, with Winton perhaps mindful of Woodhay's questionable record this term, were put into bat.

Skipper Joe Lawrance provided some stern resistance, hitting nine fours as he scored 57, but none of the other top six batters reached double figures as Woodhay were all-out for just 171.

It’s been that kind of season for wicket-keeper Ben Hummel and East Woodhay
It’s been that kind of season for wicket-keeper Ben Hummel and East Woodhay

With the familiar feeling of having to defend a low total, Alan Williams (2-31) battled hard but Winton eased to the required target in less than 21 overs.

Meanwhile, Ashford Hill fell to a four-wicket defeat against Division 4 North rivals Whitchurch in an entertaining contest that went right down to the final over.

After being put into bat, Ashford Hill lost opener Gary Masters without scoring but recovered thanks in no small part to a monumental 120 from Grant Michael Good.

Good took just 100 balls to smash the runs, hitting 19 fours and two sixes in the process.

Good combined for an 87-run partnership with Jeff Williams (46), put on 54 runs with Adnan Khan (25) and added another 68 with Arlo Tidy (31) before he was eventually out caught and bowled.

The hosts' tail added little with the bat, with all four of the final wickets to fall being for scores of two or less, as Ashford Hill posted a competitive 241/8 from their 45 overs.

Peter Newton and Ben Osborne made an excellent start with the ball, removing both Whitchurch openers for low scores and leaving the visitors in a precarious position on 14/2.

Arlo Tidy cleaned up the middle order, taking three wickets in succession as he finished with standout figures of 3/49, but a top order score of 90 not-out from Zain Fredericks proved decisive as Whitchurch hit the winning runs with five balls to spare.

Elsewhere, skipper Stephen Hanney scored a crucial 65 not-out as Kingsclere were emphatic 67-run winners over Knight's Valley in Division 4 North.

Hanney's innings helped the hosts recover from 77/4 to post 198/8 from their 45 overs before Chris Hanney took four wickets for just seven runs as Knight's Valley were skittled for 131 with more than nine overs still remaining in their innings.

Tom Ford took four wickets as Donnington eased to a six-wicket success over Division 5 North East rivals Oakley 2nd.

Visitors Oakley won the toss and elected to bat but skipper Jack Brundle was soon made to regret that decision and then some as he became one of six casualties to fall to Ford and Simon Keeble in a devastating opening spell.

Oakley were left languishing on 28/6, with Ford (4-30) and Keeble (2-26) having bowled eight blistering overs each as five of the visiting top six scored less than five, while opener Dan Beckell managed 16.

Staring a catastrophic score in the face, Oakley rallied somewhat, adding 81 for the next wicket before Sid Gogineni set about dismantling the tail, finishing with figures of 3-19 from 4.5 overs as the visitors were all-out for 122.

In response, opener David Maddocks and next man in Antony Durdin were both dismissed for ducks and, with the score 1-2, there were inevitable fears that this was not an afternoon for batters.

However captain David Bebbington kept a cool head, taking his time as he scored an unbeaten 31 from 107 balls, anchoring the innings in the process.

Iain Dadd did much of the remaining work, combining with Bebbington for a third wicket stand of 97 before he was caught and bowled for 50.

With another wicket falling in the following over, the wicket of Bebbington might have given the visitors a chance, but the steadfast opener held firm and ticked off the remainder of the runs with Adrian Waters (12 not-out) with 10 overs still to spare.

In Division 6 North East, William Belfield scored an unbeaten 153 and Kieran Monger took five wickets as AWE Tadley demolished Aldershot 5th by 179 runs.

Opener Belfield scored more than half of Tadley's total of 275/4 from their 40 overs, smashing 25 fours in a stunning innings of 121 deliveries, finishing with a strike rate of 126.

Remarkably, the rest of the top four added a combined 17 runs, although Sunit Mistry (39 not-out) chipped in lower down the order as the hosts set an imposing score.

Monger then set about dismantling Aldershot's batting line-up, taking five of the first seven wickets as he finished with match-winning figures of 5-20.

Matt Stead (2-16) proved prolific and economical from his eight overs, while there was one each for Sunit Mistry and Nick Hynard as Aldershot were all-out for 96.

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