DATCHET returned to winning form in Division One of the Home Counties Premier League after a six-wicket home victory against Finchampstead on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

Finchampstead won the coin toss and elected to bat first at The Wally Gage Memorial Ground, the visitors making 225 runs all out from 56 overs.

Captain and number three Dan Lincoln was the leading runs scorer with 69 from 71 balls, including nine boundaries and two maximum hits. It is his nine half-century of the season and takes his average to 43.27.

Opening batsman Gregory Smith (27) and Oli Soames (44) put on 63 for the third wicket, before a fourth-wicket stand of 77 runs between Lincoln and Adam Dewes (30).

Max Stevenson was the pick of the

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bowlers with his figures of 4-35 from 10 overs, which included the wicket of Darron Augustus for a fourth-ball duck. Tom Lambert claimed the wickets of Smith and Soames in his 3-39 from 13 overs.

The home side managed 226-4 from 45.4 overs in response for an eighth win in 10 matches and remain unbeaten in the league this season.

Number five Joseph Thomas top-scored with an unbeaten 85 from 94 balls, including 16 boundaries. It is his second half-century of the season and takes his average to 22.94.

James Morris, batting at number four, made 54 from 86 balls, with six boundaries and two maximum hits, for a second half-century of the summer and a new average of 28.23.

The two leading runs scorers put on 130 in a fourth-wicket partnership as Datchet moved from 56-3 to 186-4 to close in on victory.

Connor Corlet led the Finchampstead bowling attack with his figures of 2-39 from eight overs. The other wicket fell to James Woodford with 1-45 from 12 overs.

The win means

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remain in second position in the table and seven points behind leaders Henley ahead of a trip to Aston Rowant this Saturday (11am start).