Newbury Cricket Club escaped the worst of Saturday’s weather to complete their match against Falkland 2nds, beating their neighbours by four wickets.
A solid performance all round gave Newbury the victory, with Sat Pal’s not out 46 the highlight of the game.
Falkland batted first, with Jack Chapman (27), Graham Beal (40) and Sam Trumper (25) posting some respectable scores early on.
However Newbury’s bowlers were in fine form, with Pal and Kevin Mills both getting three wickets in the innings, while Rajeev Hanabe and Charlie Anstey claimed two each.
With Falkland’s lower order faltering they eventually posted an all out score of 140 after just short of 40 overs.
Newbury would have felt confident of surpassing that target, with openers Anstey and Stuart Goddard getting them off to a reasonable start with scores of 22 and 21 respectively.
Richard Price (6), John Duncan (5), Surya Sastry (0) and Amalka Naimanage (7) couldn’t offer much in the way of big scores though.
But Pal’s 46, coupled with Hanabe’s not out 26, saw Newbury over the line on 141-6 after 30 overs as they claimed a fairly comfortable win.
The result moved Newbury back up to third in Division 3A of the Thames Valley Cricket League, although they remain well adrift of Sonning and Aldershot in first and second.
Elsewhere, the weather took its toll on Falkland 1sts and Thatcham Town’s games, both of which were abandoned before the end.
Falkland wouldn’t have been too disappointed to see their match against Wokingham called off midway through, after their opponents had set a mammoth target of 237-2, adjusted to 251.
Dan Housego was the star as he hit a not out 118, with Michael Bates also adding 60 before he was bowled.
Falkland had reached 34-1 as they began their fifth over before the match came to a premature end.
And Thatcham had been chasing down Hurst’s all out total of 181 before their fixture was cut short.
Three good showings from Ruksham Sosa (52), Oliver Lovegrove (60) and Phil Higgs (43) gave Hurst almost all of their runs, with Duncan Johnson and Chris Bird each taking three wickets.
After a shaky start Thatcham were starting to build up their tally as Jack Young hit a not out 36, before the game ended early with his side on 73-3.
All three sides will hope for better weather this Saturday when Falkland visit Chesham, Thatcham travel to Wargrave and Newbury host Sonning in the penultimate games of the season.