ANT Avrili and Simon Sheppard both hit half centuries as Crowthorne & Crown Wood 2nds beat visitors Peppard Stoke Row 2nds by four wickets in Division One of the Berkshire League, writes Richard Ashton.

Josh Perkins made an unbeaten 44 to help PSR reach 198-7 in their 45 overs, Nirav Uphadyay (4-41) the pick of the bowlers.

Perkins (3-55) then made two early breakthroughs as the away side took the old ball, but Avrili (56) and Sheppard (59) broke the back of the run chase with a useful third-wicket partnership before the Crows got home with 11 balls to spare.

Kiran Juluri (6-16) was in top form for second-placed Twyford & Ruscombe (108-3) as they secured a seven-wicket success against Stratfield Turgis (107).

Twyford did slip to 13-3 in the chase, but skipper Shiva Nagam struck a hard-hitting unbeaten 54 to lead his side home.

Upendra Deshpande (4-16) and Ashish Joglekar (4-22) did the damage for Woodley 2nds (95-1) as they hammered Hawley (94) by nine wickets, Harshavardhana Shastry marshalling the run chase with an excellent 60 not out.

Table-toppers Shinfield picked up 35 points after Waltham St Lawrence conceded their fixture.

John Acland-Hood’s wonderful century helped Premier Division leaders Checkendon edge past Woodley by three wickets.

Miraque Badurdeen (45) and skipper Fasul Nufail (42) batted well for Woodley in their total of 205, Harry Wickens (3-25) and Vikas Chib (3-52) impressing with the ball.

The run chase was not a straightforward affair for Checks, but Acland-Hood batted through the innings before hitting a straight four to win the game and end on 104 not out.

Ibis Mapledurham dropped to the foot of the table after falling to an eight-wicket win at Woodcote.

Captain Matt Jones (42) and Luke Whiley (41) helped Ibis total 153-6 in their 45 overs, Steve Henderson (3-36) the stand-out bowler for the hosts.

Woodcote were never in trouble once Ryan Lennard (69) and Paul Knox (71no) had put on 134 for the first wicket, eventually passing their target in the 27th over.

Farley Hill earned an important 57-run win at home to Sandhurst.

Michael Sheridan (80) and Akeesh Khokhar (52) led the hosts to 222-6, while Martin Pharo took 3-38 for the Camels.

Sandhurst captain Adam Birch made a superb 100 to have his team in pole position at 155-3, but his dismissal triggered a remarkable collapse of seven wickets for 10 runs as the visitors were bowled out for 165.

Craig Jorey (6-46) and Tom Hale (4-43) were the destroyers-in-chief for Hill.

Raja Raget (5-30) and Arslan Cone (3-25) bowled Berkshire County Sports (131-6) to a four-wicket success against Goring (130).

Waqas Ashraf (42) top scored for BCS, while Pete Slade bowled well to take 4-13 from eight overs for the away side.

Division Two leaders Shinfield 2nds were made to work hard before squeezing to a two-wicket home win against Wokingham 6ths.

Arvind Bhat blasted 73 not out from only 60 balls as the Oaks got to 208-9, but a good knock from Arun Kumar (77) helped Shinfield home with 12 balls to spare.

Mark Tisshaw took 4-22 to help Warfield (118-3) beat Purley on Thames 3rds (115) by seven wickets, while Sulhamstead 3rds just had the better of a draw with Peppard Stoke Row 3rds.

Madhur Sharma struck six sixes in his 84 as Sully totalled 234-8, and despite Hugh Asquith’s sensational unbeaten 134, PSR could only reach 223-3.

Sandhurst 2nds conceded their game with Knowl Hill.

In Division Three, Vinod Aduri made 63 for Earley 2nds (168) as they beat Shinfield 3rds (141) by 27 runs, while Binfield 3rds (121-8) just beat Mortimer (118-9) by two wickets.

  • IN the Berkshire, Mid Bucks and Chilterns Championship, rock bottom Crowthorne & Crown Wood endured another tough day at the office as they suffered an eight-wicket pasting at Peppard Stoke Row.

Alfie Clifton (3-33) and Sam Fooks (3-35) helped dismiss the Crows for 153, and Dan Hayden then smashed an extraordinary 124 not out from only 65 balls to lead PSR to victory in 18.3 overs.

Tom Hancock (4-9) and brother Ben (53no) provided the catalysts for leaders Harpsden (98-0) to trounce second-bottom Welford Park by 10 wickets.

Chalfont St Giles recorded a fifth straight win as they battered an under-strength Ley Hill side by 140 runs.

Chris Cross (103) and Chris Baumohl (66no) led the charge as Chalfont declared on 268-4 from 47 overs, and Liam Cross (6-33) then did the damage to bowl Ley Hill out for 128.

Opener Andrew Rennard offered the only meaningful resistance with 41.

Penn & Tylers Green smashed West Reading by 146 runs.

Usman Tariq bagged 6-52 from 15 overs for Wests, but Danny Lewis (96) and John Cockroft (74) helped Penn declare on 260-7 in 51 overs.

Tariq (54) was the one of only two visitors to make double figures as Cockroft (3-30), Jake Wilson (3-43) and Arup Vidyerthy (3-17) spun Wests out for 114.

Farhan Khan’s 5-28 inspired Braywood to a 93-run win at Ruislip Victoria.

Anas Dad (46), Khan (44) and Mohammed Waheed helped Braywood reach 214, Dawood Iqbal taking 5-37.

Ruislip slipped to 72-8 in reply, and despite some lower-order resistance, they were eventually bowled out for 121.

  • EMMBROOK & Bearwood (167-9) held on for a draw in their Chilterns League Premier Division game at Ballinger Waggoners (243-6).

In Division Three, Emmbrook & Bearwood 2nds picked up a first win of the season to move off the bottom, the Bears overcoming Little Marlow 2nds by two wickets.

Andrew Robertson took 4-26 for the hosts as they dismissed Marlow for 141, and Stuart Fairhead’s 61 proved instrumental in Emmbrook getting over the line.