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Berkshire Cricket League: Knowl Hill CC's strong start goes un-Checked after mammoth win

Ian Millson.

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Knowl Hill continued their strong start to the season with a mammoth 165-run victory over Checkendon 2nds in Berkshire League Division 2.

Adam Brookman (3-22) and Janaka Abeysinghe (3-13) were on top form as they cut the Chekendon batting order down to size to protect the Hill total of 227. Knowl Hill were put into bat and an opening stand of 80 between Ian Millson (41)  and James Stoker (35) set the tone for the match as Knowl Hill racked up the runs.

Abeysinghe top-scored for Knowl Hill with his 58, while the rest of the middle order chipped in solid knocks to post a total of 227.

That target never looked in danger of being reached as the Checkendon batting line-up struggled to cope with the  cut-throat bowling of their hosts as they were bowled all out for just 62.

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In Division 1, Rejendra Babu led the way as Twyford and Ruscombe chased down Woodley for a five-wicket victory. The Twyford batsman made an unbeaten 70 as the away side showed they were more than up for a Saturday afternoon chase.

Woodley put on a steady display with the bat, with Swapnil Bagwe (45) being the standout performer in an otherwise consistent innings for the hosts. Stan Fritz took three wickets for the away side , as Woodley finished all out for 176.

Twyford's response was a slick one as captain Robin Thompson let the way early on with a solid knock of 58.

That was accelerated when Babu came to the crease, as he proved to be the driving force that Twyford needed, as his 70 pushed the away side to their third victory of the season.

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League rivals Waltham St Lawrence weren’t in action last weekend. On Saturday they visit Peppard Stoke Row 2nds.

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