BINFIELD finished as runners-up in Division One of the Chilterns League after suffering a 10-wicket hammering at Taplow on the final day of the season, writes Richard Ashton.

Mike Staves’ men went into the contest with outside hopes of snatching the title from Wraysbury, but their heavy defeat left them 29 points adrift of the champions in the final standings.

Taplow won the toss and chose to bowl, but Binfield made a steady start courtesy of Sean Ennis (14) and Chris Morgan (10).

However, after Habib Khan removed the duo, Matt Newman ran through the middle order as the visitors crashed to 54-5.

On a dismal day for his side, Staves top scored with a mere 18 not out, and with Tom Andrews (11) the only other player to reach double figures, Binfield were shot out for just 92 in 38 overs.

Newman (5-27), Javed Khan (2-21) and Habib Khan (2-21) were the chief destroyers for the home side.

Andrews (0-7 off four overs) and Hayman (0-12 off 10) bowled tightly at the top of the reply, but they were unable to make a breakthrough as Farhaan Qureshi (59no) and Faheem Qureshi (27no) settled in.

Binfield used seven bowlers as they tried to conjure some magic, but the openers held firm and knocked the runs off in 29 overs.

In Division Two, Binfield 2nds finished third after their game against Holyport was abandoned mid-match.

Tom Nower made early inroads as he removed Matt Lappin and Duncan Wessels to leave the away side 10-2.

Nower (3-69) also accounted for Sajid Mushtaq as Holyport slipped to 49-3, but an excellent 127-run stand between Vinoth Jeyachandran (80) and Shaun Miller (74) put the visitors in control.

Paul Edgington took 3-29 in 7.4 overs to bring Binfield back into the contest, but the rain arrived after Holyport declared on 230-8 from 46.4 overs.

Binfield 3rds’ Berkshire League Division Four clash with West Reading 4ths was abandoned without a ball being bowled.