Dinton knocked off top spot after draw in top-of-the-table clash with Slough

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Dinton’s eagerly anticipated top-of-the-table clash against Slough saw first take on second in what looked to be a promotion crunch match.

Dinton won the toss and asked Slough to bat first on what looked like a damp wicket.

Dinton got off to a good start with Nheem Amin playing against his former club removing Raja and Kumar in quick concession exploiting some extravagant swing.

The innings was then rebuilt cautiously by Jamshad and Khan who put on 72 for the fourth wicket partnership as they fed off some loose bowling at times.

That was until the introduction of veteran Skakil Ahmed (4-86) who tied down the batsmen expertly with the help of Alister Gibbins (2-45).

Slough were reduced to 92-5 before Zamon (70) and Sher (45) took the game to the Dinton bowlers.

With the wind behind them both batsmen struck the ball beautifully, hitting nine sixes between them, before Skakil Ahmed accounted for both of them.

Slough finished on 250-9 with Dinton having the obligatory 50 overs to chase the total down.

Dinton’s reply got off to a steady start before I.Nawaz had Richard Cripps caught behind and a highly controversial decision ruled against Alan Massey to leave Dinton reeling on 35-2.

That brought captain fantastic Mike Sutliff to the crease who continued his fine form, partnered by Lee Marland.

The duo took the game to the Slough spinners putting on a quick 100-run partnership.

Rain then halted Dinton’s reply and four overs were lost.

With the run rate rising, Dinton lost Lee Marland (45) who was bowled by Sher. Wickets continued to fall with Mike Sutliff eventually out for 85 as Dinton finished on 187-8. Both Dinton and Slough drop a place with Cove in to top spot.