FARLEY Hill eased themselves away from the Division One relegation places with a surprise four-wicket win against Emmbrook and Bearwood, writes Jacob Potter.

Tom Hale ripped through the Bears’ batting order with figures of 7-37 as they were bowled out for 153, and Farley Hill reached the target with wicket keeper Duncan Greeff hitting 74 not out.

Goring on Thames went top after a 112-run win against previous leaders Mortimer West End.

Pete Slade (50) scored a half century as the new table-toppers posted a total of 203, and it was the all-rounder (4-27) who also impressed with the ball, MWE knocked over for only 91.

West Reading 2nds got their first win of the season as they beat Ibis Mapledurham by eight runs in a thriller.

Wests were bowled out for 143 inside 39 overs, but Ibis could only reach 135 in reply.

Bradfield thrashed Peppard Stoke Row 2nds by eight wickets to keep the pressure up on Goring at the top of the table.

Jack Byrne was the pick of the Bradfield bowlers with figures of 4-32 as PSR were all out for 91. The visitors eased to the target after just over 20 overs with JIm Chettlebrugh scoring 40 and Ben Hardy 34 not out.

Sulhamstead 2nds beat Checkendon by 46 runs in their mid-table clash.

Despite Alex Crawford’s (5-15 and 37no) best efforts Checks were bowled out for 94 in reply to Sully’s 140.

Sulhamstead extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Woodcote.

Having elected to bowl first, the leaders skittled Woodcote for just 110 despite Paul Knox’s 50, Doug MacDonald posting impressive figures of 4-11.

They reached the target comfortably with an unbeaten 69-run partnership between Shiva Aruna (40no) and Marc Thompson finishing the job.

West Reading kept up the pressure on Sulhamstead as they also won comfortably against bottom-of-the-table Woodley.

Hafeez Ul-Wahab (3-46) was the pick of the bowlers and despite some slight resilience from the Woodley lower order – including an unbeaten 41 from Jordan Goddard – the visitors were eventually bowled out for 164. The hosts eased to the target inside 28 overs with Adam Davidson 72 not out.

Ruislip Victoria won for the third time this season as they beat Sandhurst by six wickets at RAF Vine Lane.

Shair Khan caused most of the damage with figures of 4-33 as Sandhurst were bowled out for 137, and Ruislip reached the target comfortably as Imran Sohail made 41.

Berkshire County Sports also won by six wickets as they beat Crowthorne & Crown Wood.

The Crows were bowled out for just 99 with only two batsmen making double figures, Rob Crook (66) scoring two thirds of the runs.

Ant Cluett (3-33) did his best for the visitors in reply, but it wasn’t enough as BCS reached the target after 26 overs.

Welford Park had the better of their draw at Peppard Stoke Row.

The visitors posted an impressive 274-9 with Will Herrington starring with 142 off just 87 deliveries. In reply, Fergus Nutt (59), Sam Fooks (46no) and Alfie Clifton (42no) all batted well to help their side reach 234-7.

The top two in Division Two both had impressive wins as Waltham St Lawrence thumped Crowthorne & Crown Wood 2nds by 10 wickets at Wellington College.

Asif Ali removed the majority of the lower order to leave Crowthorne 184 all out, and some fantastic batting from openers Ankush Gandhi (120no from just 62 balls) and Sree Venkata (64no) gave Waltham the comfortable win.

Shinfield maintained top spot with a 205-run demolition of Twyford & Ruscombe.

Fakhir Ali (86) and Jay Deshmukh (76) were the stand-out players in the Shinfield innings, as they declared on 307-5.

Twyford couldn’t get near this target as they were skittled out for just 102 with Arun Kumar taking 4-30.

Emmbrook and Bearwood 2nds remain rooted to the bottom of the table as they were beaten by seven wickets by Stratfield Turgis.

Despite some resilience from the middle order, Emmbrook finished their innings on 159-9 and Stratfield made light work of reaching the total, largely thanks to Chris Butcher who made an unbeaten 102.

Warfield remain in the relegation places as they were beaten by 104 runs at Woodley 2nds.

The hosts were dismissed for 237 with Morgan Price being the pick of the bowlers, taking 5-56.

However, it was Gowtham Payavula who then stole the show, taking 8-31 as Warfield were bowled out for 133.

Earley kept up the pressure on the top two as they beat Hawley by six wickets.

An inspired Sameer Mishra took 8-20 to bowl Hawley out for just 99 before the visitors eased home.

In Division Three, Sandhurst 2nds kept the pressure on West Reading 3rds with a six-wicket win over Purley on Thames 3rds.

Hizam Junees took four wickets for the Potters (194-7) but he was unable to stop Sandhurst (196-4) reaching their.

Knowl Hill (174-9) beat Bradfield 2nds by 39 runs. Fasul Nufail (5-28) was the pick of the Hill bowlers as they dismissed Bradfield for 135.

Ruislip Victoria 2nds and Mortimer conceded at Peppard Stoke Row 3rds and West Reading 3rds respectively.

In Division Four, Crowthorne & Crown Wood 3rds suffered a dent to their promotion chances as they were beaten by Binfield 3rds by 9 wickets.

Crowthorne struggled through their innings, with only three batsmen posting double figures as they were dismissed for 99.

Binfield made the target look easy as an unbeaten John Humphrey (54) saw them reach the target inside 32 overs.

Mortimer West End 2nds closed the gap to table-topping Shinfield 2nds with a three-wicket win against Falkland.

Bob Hodson was the pick of the bowlers for Mortimer with figures of 3-10 as Falkland reached 152 all out.

West End struggled at times through the middle order but Mike Cook’s unbeaten 52 saw them home.

Sulhamstead 3rds won by six wickets against West Reading 4ths.

Despite Fahad Raja’s unbeaten 143, the rest of the batting order struggled to score runs as Wests finished their innings on 247-5.

Sully were 108-3 at one stage of the innings, but an unbeaten 56 from Digvijay Singh and Madhur Sharma’s crucial 67 saw them to victory.

Emmbrook and Bearwood 3rds conceded their game against Waltham St Lawrence 2nds, and Welford Park 2nds did the same in their Bye Week Challenge against Shinfield 2nds.