Dinton Cricket Club continued their excellent start to the new season with two superb performances and results at the weekend which saw them remain top of Cherwell League Division One and also reach the final of the Bucks regional rounds of the National Village Cup.
On Saturday, Dinton faced Leighton Buzzard CC and recorded a comfortable five-wicket win to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Winning the toss and choosing to bowl on a flat pitch at their Oxford Road ground, the Dinton bowlers and fielders combined well to restrict Leighton to a below par 204-9.
Every Dinton bowler bowled with control as wickets fell at regular intervals, and only a brilliant 100 by Leighton Buzzard captain Watmore ensured the visitors had something to bowl at.
Ryan Chapman picked up four wickets and was again ably supported by spin duo Will Fisher (1-26) and Tim Brooker (1-37).
Dinton’s reply got off to a flying start with the returning Mike Sutliff regularly finding the boundary in an opening stand of 70 with Ash Smith.
Despite the loss of a couple of wickets, Adam Mould (31) and Mark Ludlow (12no) played sensibly to see Dinton home with six overs to spare, however the real star was Sutliff who looked like he had never been away.
His chanceless 107 not out included 13 boundaries and ensured Dinton remain top of Cherwell League Division One heading into their game at Great Brickhill this weekend.
The following day, Dinton travelled to Aston Clinton for the Bucks Regional semi-final of the National Village Club.
Batting first, Dinton’s Brennan Gough took the game straight to the opposition with a blistering 74 that included eight fours and three sixes.
The fall of his wicket brought returning local hero Neil Roberts to the crease and he picked up where Gough left off with some sensational stroke play to all parts of the ground.
His 100 included seven sixes and put Dinton in an unsurmountable position, while contributions throughout the innings saw the visitors reach a massive 325-9 from their 40 overs.
Aston Clinton’s reply never got going as Kelvin Burrows and Mo Ur Rehman ripped through the top order, picking up four wickets each.
Youngster Olly Chaplin then came on to wrap up the innings and collected two wickets for just four runs.
Aston Clinton were dismissed for 60 to hand Dinton a crushing 265-run victory.
The final of the Bucks Regional rounds will be played at Dinton CC on Sunday 12 June, 1pm start and all spectators are welcome.