DATCHET saw their hopes of promotion from Division Two boosted after a 73-run win against Wokingham at the Wally Gage Memorial Ground on Saturday.

The hosts chose to bat, but Lewis Sharp accounted for Lewis Smith with the score on 27, Paul Dewick taking the catch.

Captain Steve Naylor was bowled by Iain Muirden eight runs later, but Vishal Aeri made 35 before he was bowled by Jarrett Bobb to leave Datchet 81-3.

A 55-run stand between Joe Thomas (50) and Berkshire captain James Morris was ended when the former was caught behind by Michael Bates off the bowling of Jacob Clark.

Max Stevenson helped Morris add 51 for the sixth wicket until he too edged behind off Muirden.

Morris was bowled for 58 by Sharp to leave the hosts 219-6, and Muirden (5-54) then worked his way through the lower order as Datchet were bowled out for 244.

Wokingham’s reply began badly as skipper Stuart Hayter edged Tom Lambert behind to make it 17-1.

Wicketkeeper Thomas then stumped Stuart Parsons off left-arm spinner Chris Peploe with the score on 55.

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PHOTO: Datchet and Berkshire star James Morris plays a shot en route to make 58 runs in the 73-run win against Wokingham on Saturday.

Dan Housego made 51 before he was caught by Naylor off Peploe and, when Archie Carter was bowled by Ollie Birts for 31, Wokingham were 130-4.

From that point on Berkshire’s Peploe (7-70) got to work, running through the lower order as only Bates (43*) provided any resistance. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 171.

The win means Datchet remain in second position in the league table ahead of a visit from second-from-bottom Dinton this Saturday (11.30am).

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