DATCHET have extended their unbeaten run in Home Counties Division Two to seven matches after a 52-run win at Reading on Saturday.

The Wally Gage Memorial Ground-based side have been in fine form since their defeat to Aston Rowant in the second week of the season and find themselves third in the league table.

An outstanding performance from Tom Lambert saw the demise of Reading at Sonning Lane, with the losing side reaching the half-way point in the season still looking for their first win.

Lambert, the performance manager at Berkshire, scored an unbeaten 54 in the visitors’ total of 167-8 off 58 overs and followed it up with 5-21 as Reading were bowled out for 115 in the 45th over.

Electing to field first on a green top, the hosts made a promising start with Abid Ul Wahab taking four wickets and Hamish Scott one to restrict Datchet to 75-5.

But, opener Max Stevenson, the Berkshire second team captain, and Lambert improved their position with a sixth-wicket stand of 46.

Stevenson was bowled by Qasim Ali for 57, which came from 148 balls, four of which he dispatched to the boundary rope.

Lambert was more aggressive on the Reading attack, needing 90 balls for his 54, which included five fours.

Ul Wahab finished with 4-56 off 16.5 overs, while Qasim Ali took 3-45 off 20 and Scott 1-25 off 9.1.

When they batted, Reading were soon in trouble with Lambert getting plenty of movement off the wicket.

The seamer secured a wicket maiden in his second, third and fourth overs, and at the tea interval he had outstanding figures of 11-5-16-5 after sending Reading tumbling from 23-1 to 39-6. The other wicket coming from a run-out.

Ul Wahab (37) and Reyhan-Ul Din (14) managed to lift the total to 71-7, while Waqas Ahmed smashed five boundaries in his 25 before Reading’s innings ended on a disappointing 115.

Lambert finished with 5-21 off 14 overs before Sam Finn cleaned up the innings with 3-9 off 22 deliveries.

Datchet, who are now just a point behind the two promotion places, make the journey to fifth in the table Thame Town this Saturday.

In the Thames Valley League, Datchet 2s have fallen to fifth position in Division 3B after a second consecutive defeat, losing at home by 27 runs to Kew 2s.

The visiting team were invited to bat first and took advantage to reach 243-9 from their allotted 50 overs with Martyn Winslade (96) falling four runs short of a century. Captain Chris Levick added 68.

James Lambert was the pick of the Datchet bowlers with his five-wicket haul (5-61 off 13 overs). The other wickets fell to James Dick (2-92), Vinod Kumar (1-28) and Andy Dick (1-55).

In response, the hosts were bowled out for 216 with seven balls in the match remaining. Captain Tom Jones led from the front with a ton and Kumar made 46, but Theunis Jackson (24) and Vishal Aeri (13) were the only other batsman to reach double figures.

Charlie Weeks was the pick of the Kew bowling attack with his figures of 4-74, backed up by Andrew Thorburn (3-80) and Chris Mcmillan (2-27).

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