CROWTHORNE & Crown Wood 2nds all but guaranteed their Division One safety after rain came to their rescue at home to second-bottom Earley, writes Richard Ashton.

Steve Mapes took 3-33 to restrict the Crows to 177-8 despite useful contributions from Chris Winch (45) and Chris Allwright (41), and Earley advanced to 105-2 off the back of Vinod Aduri’s 50 when rain halted proceedings after 27 overs.

Shinfield remain top, though they slipped to a surprising four-wicket defeat at Woodley 2nds.

Prashant Ghandi (59) and Amit Ghandi (49) led the visitors to 194, Upendra Deshpande claiming 3-30, and the all-rounder followed up with 55 to help his side home along with Rohit Ranjan (66).

Hassan Safdar bagged 3-40 for Shinfield.

Adnan Raja scored a wonderful unbeaten 106 for West Reading 2nds as they took the majority of the points in a rain-affected draw at home to promotion-chasing Twyford & Ruscombe.

Wests totalled 255-8, but the game was finely balanced with the away side 176-6 from 32.4 overs when the heavens opened.

Ashish Darekar (63no) and Raz Shaik (53) batted well for Twyford, while Mohammed Asif (3-27) was the pick of the attack.

Peppard Stoke Row 2nds benefitted from the rain as they earned a winning draw at second-placed Stratfield Turgis.

Teenager Dan Bacon top scored with 42 as PSR reached 200-8 in their 45 overs, Vignesh Vaidyanathan grabbing 3-42.

In reply, John Synodinos – who made a century in the fixture between the sides earlier in the season – again enjoyed himself in reaching an unbeaten 60, but the game was called off with Stratfield 124-4 from 24 overs.

Basement side Hawley conceded their game against Waltham St Lawrence.

Checkendon dodged the rain clouds to seal the Premier Division title with three weeks to spare following their 107-run victory at home to Sandhurst.

A brilliant spell from Jamie Galpin (6-41) had Checks in trouble at 110-8, but Hari Mammipalli counter-attacked with a brilliant 68 to take his side to 188, Amol Tyagi having earlier made 42.

The Camels’ reply proved disastrous after Tony Breakspear claimed 6-17 with a brilliant spell of new-ball bowling, eventually crashing to 81 all out.

Hasnein Akram (73) and Rehan Akram (63) were among the runs for BCS as they had the better of a draw at home to Mortimer West End.

Ashok Singh (4-51) and Andy Trott (3-40) boweld well for the visitors as they dismissed BCS for 257, and Nick Kingston’s men were 71-3 after 23 overs in the chase when the rain arrived.

Ibis Mapledurham got the better of a draw at Farley Hill.

Richard Pilkington (43) and skipper Matt Jones (42no) led Ibis to 194-7, and the home side were 133-5 from 37 overs when the game was called off.

Openers Ross Ditchburn (50) and Michael Sheridan (46) were in form for Farley Hill until Errol Masters (3-33) turned the momentum of the game.

Woodcote were indebted to the rain after netting a winning draw at home to Woodley.

Jez Mayo top scored with 64 in Woodcote’s 161, Arshad Mohamed (3-51) and Rizmy Nilamdeen (3-39) continuing their fine form with the ball.

Woodley appeared on course for victory as captain Fasul Nufail reached 71 not out, but with the visitors on 131-1 from 23.4 overs, play was abandoned.

Shinfield 2nds took another step towards the Division Two title by beating Warfield by six wickets.

David Wilson struck an excellent 97 as the visitors posted 193-8, but Naqash Tahir’s outstanding 113 not out from 105 ball ushered Shinfield to their target despite Graham Morris snaring 3-50.

Ian Gibson (120no) and Tharinda Fernando (52no) enjoyed a fruitful fifth-wicket partnership to inspire Sulhamstead 3rds to a convincing 128-run victory at home to Wokingham 6ths.

Sully declared on 222-4 after 34 overs with Steve Bendall (4-38) having claimed all of the wickets, and Tom Bradfield then took 3-24 as the Oaks were skittled for 94.

A last-wicket stand of 75 between Daniel Airey (45) and Barry Carter was not enough to rescue Purley on Thames 3rds from a seven-wicket loss to Peppard Stoke Row 3rds.

Brilliant bowling from Christian Williams (4-24) and Mick Chard (3-17) had reduced the Potters to 40-9 before they salvaged a total of 115, but with Under 15 Owen Simmons (43) showing skill with the bat, PSR reached 117-3 in 21 overs.

Henderson Alleyne’s 76 proved crucial as Welford Park 2nds were bowled out for 172 by visitors Knowl Hill (73-4), but the game was abandoned after 15.4 overs of the chase. Nick Harrison earlier took 4-39 for the Hill.

Mortimer West End 2nds wrapped up the Division Three title with a 118-run crushing of Falkland Development.

Josh Cook (86) and Mike Cook (83no) led the charge as MWE reached 256-7 in their 40 overs, and despite Gul Afridi’s 44, the visitors were bowled out for 138.

Alastair Warner-Rowley took 5-30 as Crowthorne & Crown Wood 3rds (127-5 from 29 overs) beat Earley 2nds (155) by five wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis system.

Imran Zaman hammered 15 maximums in his brilliant 155 not out as West Reading 4ths (297-9) destroyed Shinfield 3rds by 244 runs.

Adam Postelthwaite took 6-61 as Wests smashed 297-9, but only one Shinfield player reached double figures as they were shot out for a mere 53.