BINFIELD CC president Ian Foster paid tribute to club stalwart Colin Canty after he retired from cricket following more than 45 years playing for the club.

Canty scored 14,371 runs at an average of 32.66 since the club started formulating their records in 1988, with a top score of 175.

He also took 58 wickets in the 538 matches he played, though was mainly a wicket-keeper.

Speaking before Saturday’s exhibition game against Peppard Stoke Row, Foster said: “It is a great honour to hold this match for a true legend of the club.”

Canty ironically was dismissed for 32 as his side slipped to an eight-wicket defeat to a Peppard Stoke Row side captained by Hugh Asquith, the man Canty infamously dropped on nought before he scored 199 not out in a Berkshire League game in 1999.

On Saturday Binfield batted first, but they lost an early wicket when Mikey Allan-Canty was caught at slip by Asquith off the bowling of Alfie Burnett.

Canty and John Humphrey rebuilt the innings before the latter was dismissed by leg spinner Josh Perkins.

Tim Vines was bowled by Chris Humphreys – a 50th PSR wicket of the season for the left-arm spinner who also took 26 Home Counties Premier League wickets for Oxford.

Canty’s innings ended when he received a perfect yorker from Scott Harris (2-12), and Humphreys (2-30) then accounted for James Wright, stumped by Rich Ashton.

Daniel Humphrey, guesting for PSR, bowled his sister Amelia and also removed Scott Andrews during a five-over spell in which he claimed 2-25.

Paul Edgington made 22 not out, but the home side were restricted to 148-8 in their 40 overs.

Vines and Humphrey bowled well at the start of the PSR reply, the latter bowling Fergus Nutt (18) two balls after he reached his 2,000th run for the season.

Ashton started slowly – taking 18 balls to make his first four runs – but then went into overdrive in blasting seven sixes during a 53-ball century.

He ended on 104 not out from 55 balls as Peppard Stoke Row raced to victory in only 21.1 overs.