BINFIELD CC closed the gap on Chilterns League Division One leaders Wraysbury to just 10 points with a hard-fought 26-run victory at home to Braywood, writes Richard Ashton.

The hosts lost Chris Morgan and Scott Carson early on, but a fine knock from opener Sean Ennis (70) kept them in the contest.

Adam Marshall, Tom Andrews (24), captain Mike Staves and Jack Collett were the only other players to reach double figures, though, and Binfield were bowled out for 165 as Attiq Uddin (4-36) and Mohammed Waheed (4-38) did the damage.

Braywood made a reasonably solid start until Matt Hayman bowled Prijith Vijayan for 14, and Tom Andrews then got to work, removing fellow opener Syed Kazmi and number three Yaser Ahmed.

Spinner Jack Collett (4-50) went through the lower middle-order, and with Andrews (5-28) returning at the death, the away side were dismissed for 139.

Binfield visit Harpsden on Saturday (1pm).

In Division Two, Binfield 2nds were edged out by just one run at Hurley.

Kamal Gupta (4-42) and Barney Sykes (2-27) impressed with the ball as the hosts were bowled out for 173, Varun Sharma making 64.

Steve Jeffery top scored with 41 in reply, but Phil Ridgeway’s 5-52 ultimately proved decisive in dismissing Binfield for 172.

Tim Vines scored 51 as Binfield (213-9) beat their President’s XI (181) by 32 runs on Sunday, Ian Goddard bagging 4-35 in the second innings.