DATCHET have suffered a blow to their chances of winning the Home Counties Premier League Division One title after a 17-run defeat at Aston Rowant on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

It is the first time this season

Datchet

have been beaten and, with league leaders Henley winning at Tring Park, the Berkshire-based side are now 27 points behind the defending champions.

Datchet

won the coin toss and elected to field first at Butts Way, with the home side reaching 245-6 from 64 overs.

Number four Joshua Smith was the leading runs scorer with an unbeaten 111 from 144 balls, including 13 boundaries. It is his second half-century of the season and of his career and takes his average to 40.21.

The Aston Rowant captain put on 58 runs with Hayden Rossouw (33) for the sixth wicket, before an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand of 53 with Wesley Morrick (25*).

Chris Peploe was the best of the Datchet bowling attack with his figures of 4-83 from 20 overs. The other wickets fell to David Brent with 2-60 from 19 overs.

The visitors were bowled out for 228 runs from 54.3 overs in response to suffer a first league defeat since August 2018.

Number four Jonty Jenner top-scored with 67 runs from 63 balls, including nine boundaries and one maximum hit. It is his first half-century of the season and the fifth of his career, taking his average for the summer to 29.00.

Joseph Thomas, batting at number six, made 54 from 99 balls, including five boundaries, for a third half-century of the season and a new average of 22.09.

Jenner and Thomas put on 85 runs for the fifth wicket, before a 66-run sixth-wicket stand between Thomas and Peploe (48).

Morrick led the Aston Rowant bowling with his figures of 4-88 from 20 overs, which includes the wicket of Brent for a third-ball duck.

Datchet will bid to regain the winning thread with a trip to Buckingham Town this Saturday (11am start).