Berkshire Cricket League round-up: Shinfield top as Berkshire County Sports forfeit league

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Shinfield v Mortimer West End (batting) Hassan Safdar (Shinfield) bowling

Premier Division

Shinfield extended their lead at the top of the division with a narrow 12-run win over Mortimer West End.

Meanwhile, Shinfield’s biggest title challengers, Berkshire County Sports, withdrew from the league this week. 

Crowthorne & Crown Wood maintain their fight for the title as they beat Welford Park by 54 runs. They batted first and scored 215 from 40 overs, while they bowled their opponents all out for 161 after 34.1 overs.

Woodley earned victory with a five wicket triumph over Stratfield Turgis/Hartley Wespall. Stratfield set Woodley a chase of 164, which they caught after 35.3 overs with five wickets to spare. 

Division 1

Farley Hill keep their promotion hopes alive as they beat West Reading 2s by 13 runs in a closely fought match. 

Farley batted in the first innings and totalled 181 from 40 overs as Michael Sheridan top scored with 83 runs. 

Azam Shafiq then bowled terrifically to take 5-17 as West Reading were bowled all out for 168. 

Shinfield 2s suffered a setback as they were beaten by three wickets against Peppard Stoke Row 2s. 

Shinfield scored a first innings total of 170, but were bested by Peppard who surpassed the total with just four balls of the match remaining. 

Crowthorne & Crown Wood 2s remain in the relegation zone after they narrowly defeated by Warfield. 

Warfield set the Crows a chase of 167 to win the match, but they fell just 11 runs short of securing victory after their 40 overs. 

Waltham St Lawrence stay rooted to the bottom of the division after they were comfortably beaten by Sandhurst. 

Sandhurst scored a first innings total of 187, while Waltham could only manage 120 in their chase. 

Division 2

Earley hit a huge first innings total of 275 as they beat Welford Park 2s by 86 runs to stay in second place in the division. Robert Casey top scored with the bat for Earley with 89 runs.

Knowl Hill skittled Chckendon all out for 130 after they set a first innings total of 181 to win the match by 51 runs. 

Wokingham 6s overtook Mortimer West End 2s in the table as they beat their opponents by 36 runs. 

Wokingham managed a first innings total of 144 from 35 overs, with Prabhu Selvaraj top scoring with 42. While the Oaks remained clinical in their bowling attack to remove Moritmer all out for 108 after 30.2 overs. 

Division 3

Earley 2s also stay in the hunt for a promotion place as their 76-run triumph over Shinfield 3s keeps them in second place in the table. Mo Shamoon took 4-31 as Earley skittled Shinfield out for 111. 

Binfield 4s moved up with a five wicket triumph against Stratfield Turgis/Hartley Wespall 2s in a high scoring encounter. 

Binfield chased down 196 to win the match with just 1.4 overs left in the match, with Adrian Millerick hitting 84 not out. Crowthorne & Crown Wood 3s stay in second bottom as they were beaten by five wickets against Purley on Thames 3s.

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