DATCHET failed in their attempts to make ground on defending champions Henley after the top-of-the-table clash ended in a draw on Saturday.

Both sides are still unbeaten in Division One of the Home Counties Premier League but Henley are now seven points clear at the top as the season reaches its halfway stage.

Datchet

won the coin toss and elected to field first at The Wally Gage Memorial Ground, the visitors making 215 runs all out from 63.4 overs.

Number six Euan Woods was the leading runs scorer with 45 from 68 balls, including five boundaries and one maximum hit.

Andy Rishton, batting at number seven, made 38 from 56 balls, and the pair put on 53 runs in a sixth wicket partnership.

Datchet captain Steven Naylor led the bowling attack with his figures of 3-45 from 10 overs, which included the top three Henley batsman.

Chris Peploe stars for Berkshire with several of the Henley players and he took the wicket of Euan Brock for a duck in his 3-63 from 21.4 overs.

The home side managed 173-8 from 56 overs in response for a share of the points and to remain in second position in the table.

Number eight Zaheer Sher top-scored with 46 runs from 96 balls, including eight boundaries.

Peploe, batting at number seven, made 28 from 63 balls, and the pair added 75 runs in a seventh-wicket stand.

Woods was the pick of the Henley bowling with his figures of 3-42 from 16 overs.

Datchet remain at the Wally Gage Memorial Ground for the visit of Berkshire rivals Finchampstead this Saturday (11am start).

Cookham Dean are now three matches without a win in Division Two following a draw at Oxford Downs last weekend.

Cookham

won the toss and chose to bat first at Standlake, the visitors reaching 272-9 from 56 overs.

Captain and opening batsman Patrick Castleden carried his bat through for an unbeaten 128 runs from 141 balls, including 16 boundaries and two maximum hits. It is his first century this season and the fifth of his career, taking his average for the summer to 37.29.

Castleden put on 61 runs with Tom Fray (32) for the second wicket, before a 62-run seventh wicket stand with Simret Mangat (44).

Oxford managed 226-8 from 54 overs in response and are four matches without a win in the league this season.

Wasim Ahmed led the Cookham bowling attack with his figures of 4-88 from 23 overs, which included the wickets of both Will Watts and Amin Rafiq for a duck.

The draw means Cookham Dean have climbed out of the two relegation spots ahead of a visit to Ricketts Field from Wokingham on Saturday (11.30am start).