Crucial win for struggling Dinton

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DINTON’S first XI continued their strong run of form with a fine victory against fellow strugglers Gerrards Cross.

Despite a wicket in the first over, the batsmen scored consistently with Taj (32), Mohammed (35), Rimmer (36), and Kilgannon (39) all making useful contributions.

Concerted pressure from the bowlers, Gough (2 for 47), Ahmed (2 for 72), Amin (4 for 47) meant that Gerrards Cross were all out for 213.

In Dinton’s answer, Rob King (20) and skipper Mike Sutliff put on 75 for the first wicket, before a few wickets started to fall.

Sutcliff went on to make an excellent 90 but at 167 for six things still looked uncertain, but Shakil Ahmed (36 not out) and Parv Aziz (41 not out) saw Dinton home with ease.

The second XI travelled to Kingston Bagpuize and batted first.

Kelvin Burrows (27), Martin Sheffield (28), Mohammed (29), Matt Furness (29 not out), Faisal Ali (45) all helped to boost the total to 225 for 7 in the face of Wiskin (3-65) and Warner (4-62).

In the Kingston reply, Mohammed (2-42) and Kevin Ripley (4-84) bowled manfully, but Cecchini (65) and Warner (93) helped them to victory in the final over.

The Third XI were home to Didcot, who batted first.

Johnson (36), Sykes (36) and Taboada (48) were the main contributors in their 228 all out.

The total might have been even more daunting, but for an amazing final over from Dave Halsey (4-27), who took four wickets in it, including a hat-trick.

Dinton struggled in their innings, being all out for 152 against Johnston (3-20) and Hancock (4-15).

The highlight for Dinton though was an accomplished 63 from Grant Farrow.