KINGSLEY, unlike last season, are getting early wins under their belts and they share the lead with Tilford II in I’Anson Division Three, both teams recording four wins on the trot.
Electing to bowl first, Kingsley reduced hosts Grayswood II to 59-4 and then 94-6. James Oram and Don Westcott-White put on 37 in a spirited unbroken stand and Grayswood fought back to total 131-6.
Openers Sam Parrott and Wayne Moulds batted sensibly to put Kingsley in control. Ameya Moghe finally dismissed Parrott for 54, thanks to a fine catch by Chris Locke, and Grayswood captured three more wickets, but Steve Logan (38 not out) and Mark Broadmeadow saw their side home in the 38th over.
Tilford II, inserted by Milford, slipped to 35-2 after 13 overs, but Henry Bate (47) continued his impressive start for his new club, supported by Johnny Barren and Gavin Nesbitt. At 126-5, Hamish Macdonald (37) was joined by Ryan Chitty, playing his first game of the season, and a hard-hitting stand took Tilford to an impressive 229-6, Chitty finishing 50 not out. James Maskell bowled a fine opening spell for Milford.
Milford, after a decent start, went from 48-2 to 80-7 in the space of ten overs, with Rick Austin bowling particularly well. Skipper Martin Cantwell took the last two wickets to complete an emphatic 127-run victory.
A tale of dropped catches for both teams as Grayshott III and Headley II played out a tight game at Broxhead, with the visitors coming out on top. Some meaty blows by Ross Owen and an excellent 50 from Jarryd Boyce took Grayshott to a promising 124-3, but both holed out in the same Charlie Neville over and Headley polished off the rest for 29 runs, with Neville claiming five wickets and Mike Hughes two.
A target of 153 still looked tricky and Allan Lang (3-34) reduced Headley to 59-3 (Peter Messina a fast 32). Opener Richard Jackson was still there and when he was finally out for 39, Headley were 132-8. With the game in the balance, Andy Coutts and Tom Kiddy showed cool heads to add 24 unbeaten runs and see their side over the line.
Bramley were dismissed for a modest 119 by Dogmersfield II, with only opener Ben Lewis passing 20. Jack Cantell (4-25) and
Tanveer (3-16) did most of the damage for Dogmersfield who, after a bad start themselves, knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets. Opener Raza made 51 and Khush Subhani finished unbeaten on 38 not out.
Peper Harow’s winning streak was ended by Wood Street. Dan Saunders, playing against his former club (and wearing a PH shirt) rode his luck to make a swashbuckling 80 for Wood Street who totalled a healthy 217.
Peper Harow lost Glenn Taylor, whose two previous scores had been 190 not out and 140, for just 17 to James Grist, but Steve Bradley, who had earlier taken 4-25, and Ragan Jain then added 79 for the second wicket. Jain went on to make 75, but Hamish Chudley returned to get amongst the wickets and the home side, batting ten men, were bowled out for 193, just 24 runs behind.
Puttenham II remain pointless after losing at home to Blackheath II. Ben Plant made 70 out of Puttenham’s total of 123, with Ollie Woodfield and Anthony Coombes sharing seven economical wickets for the visitors.
Blackheath struggled in turn against the bowling of Plant and Stone, but opener Ian Nolan’s brisk 66 ensured victory after just 22 overs.