COOKHAM Dean have returned to winning form in Division One this season after a crushing 152-run victory at Reading on Saturday.

The league leaders suffered their second defeat of the summer when losing at rivals Boyne Hill last weekend, but bounced back to win at bottom side Reading.

Cookham won the toss and elected to bat first, the visitors reaching 185-7 from 52 overs.

Number three Nadir Mehmood top-scored with 49 runs and just one short of a second half-century this season.

Opening batsman Patrick Castleden made 38 and number six Yasir Qureshi 32, before he was given out for obstructing the field.

Max Uttley was the best of the four Reading bowlers with figures of 3-47 from 17 overs, which included the wicket of Mehmood. He was backed up by Qasim Ali (2-66) and Shahbaz Choudhry (1-42).

The home side were dismissed for just 33 runs from 16.5 overs in response with number five Sukhi Kang (16) the only batsman to reach double figures.

Cookham overseas star Sahan Nanayakkare ripped through the Reading batting line-up with figures of 7-10 from 8.5 overs and including five maidens.

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PHOTO: Cookham Dean overseas star Sahan Nanayakkare claimed impressive figures of 7-10 against Reading.

His seven-wicket-haul included Sam Gemmill, captain Mitun Patel, Ian Slatcher and Choudhry, all without scoring, and means he now has 38 wickets this season at an impressive average of 10.71.

Wasim Ahmed claimed the other two wickets in his 2-19 from eight overs.

The win means Cookham are now 27 points clear at the top of the table ahead of a visit to Ricketts Field from eighth-placed Henley 2s this Saturday (1pm start). The reverse fixture was abandoned due to rain back in May.

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