BOYNE Hill suffered a blow to their chances of winning the Thames Valley League Division One title this season after a two-wicket defeat at home to Wargrave on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The team has now not won in five games, two draws and two loses plus one cancelled match, since the victory against Falkland back in June and this most recent defeat sees them drop one place to fifth position in the league table.

Boyne Hill

won the coin toss and elected to bat first, reaching 239-7 in 52 overs.

Captain and number three Ollie Clayson was the leading runs scorer with 62 from 90 balls, with six boundaries. It is his first half-century of the summer and takes his average to 19.63.

Hamid Riaz, batting at number five, made 60 from 74 balls, with five boundaries and three maximum hits, for a first half-century of the season.

The pair put on 96 runs in a fourth-wicket partnership as Boyne Hill recovered from 68-3 from 164-4.

The wickets were shared amongst the Wargrave bowlers with the pick of them being Mark Firth with his 2-62 from 16 overs.

Wargrave managed 240-8 from 48 overs in response to secure a fifth league win this season and leapfrog the beaten side in the table.

Number eight Toby Greatwood top-scored with 81 runs from just 34 balls. His innings lasted just 42 minutes and included five boundaries and six maximum hits. It is his first half-century in the summer and takes his average to 21.29.

Opening batsman Mandip Sohi managed 53 runs in 70 balls, with six boundaries and one maximum, for a first half-century of the campaign.

Wasim Maharoof was the pick of the Boyne Hill bowling attack with his figures of 3-38 from nine overs, which included the wicket of Michael Holder for a duck.

Maharoof was ably supported by Matthew Leipold with his 3-83 from 18 overs.

The defeat means Boyne Hill are now 19 points behind leaders North Maidenhead ahead of a short trip to their Summerleaze ground this Saturday (1pm start).