COOKHAM DEAN have recorded a third consecutive win to move up to fifth position in Thames Valley Division One.

Captain Ben Millar admitted his team have been poor for two thirds of the season but they are certainly finishing with a flourish and beat Marlow by 97 runs on Saturday.

Having won the toss, Millar elected to bat first and Cookham reached 243-7 from their allotted 50 overs. Millar top-scored with 69 at the top of the order, while Christy Green and Tom Fray both made 34 – the latter unbeaten at the crease.

Kirk Graham led the Marlow bowling attack with his figures of 3-36.

In response, the visitors were bowled out for 146 in 38.5 overs with Mark Quamil (27), Barney Hogg (26) and captain Jeremy Batty (24*) fairing best with the bat.

Yasir Qureshi was the pick of the Cookham bowlers with his figures of 4-46, ably supported by Simret Mangat (3-26).

Millar told the Observer: “It was a good all-round team performance. Everyone chipped in with runs before our two spinners bowled really well.

“We batted pretty well but it would have been nice to get 30 or 40 more runs. Our innings stalled a little in the middle but picked up impetus towards the end.

“It was a competitive score on our home ground and because Marlow were missing a few players. It didn’t look like they were in the hunt to be honest.

“Our two spinners did really well and we didn’t need to bring on our overseas until towards the end which was pleasing looking ahead to next season.”

He added: “We might have been expecting to be higher than fifth but Gerrards Cross did incredibly well to win at Wokingham.

"Hopefully if we can win on Saturday and Gerrards Cross lose to Henley then the top four is still possible."