READING Blue Coat made it two wins on the spin with a comfortable eight-wicket success at The Oratory, writes Richard Ashton.
Fresh from their record-breaking stand against Pangbourne College, Oratory openers Mikey Williams (21) and captain Craig Rintoul (26) gave their side a solid start in putting together a 58-run stand.
However, Josh Smart – taking his maiden 1st XI wicket – started the collapse as Rintoul was caught at mid off, and a fine run out from Ben Cole then accounted for Williams.
Brought on to bowl, Cole found good turn and bounce and took wickets at regular intervals during an excellent spell of 4-25.
Jamie Etherington (2-12) and Toby Greatwood (2-10) picked up two apiece, with Jack Winterbottom (24) the only other batsman to offer any real resistance.
Ryan Palhawadana claimed three catches as Oratory were dismissed for 120 in 32.3 overs.
Blue Coat opener Will Perkin found the boundary with regular ease, and despite losing Cole cheaply, captain James Kirkwood (37no) joined Perkin and added 102 for the second wicket to take their side to the brink of victory.
Perkin fell for a superb 76 off just 53 balls, but Blue Coat cruised home in just 18.2 overs.
l BRADFIELD slipped to a 47-run home defeat in their John Harvey Cup match against Radley College.
Radley started well and reached 224-1 before Paris Khanna’s fine spell of 4-46 ensured they closed their 50 overs on 314-7.
In reply, Bradield lost opener Imran Malik with the score on 41, but captain Charlie Gwynn (86 from 90 balls) continued his fine form to keep his side in the hunt.
However, from 180-2 Bradfield slipped away and were eventually dismissed for 267.
Khanna (35) top scored for Bradfield as they chased down RGS High Wycombe’s total of 103-4 to win their Twenty20 encounter by six wickets on Friday.
Seb Waddington was the pick of the bowlers with 2-18 in four overs.
Malik’s 59 from 36 balls inspired Bradfield (164-5) to a five-wicket victory against Farnborough 6th Form College (162-3) on Thursday.