UNBEATEN Harpsden continued on course to win the Berkshire, Chilterns and Mid Bucks League Championship with a comfortable six-wicket success at home to Ruislip Victoria, writes Richard Ashton.

It was a sixth win in seven games for the south Oxfordshire club, with their other against second-placed Holmer Green abandoned with the leaders well on top.

Against the Victorians, it was the dangerous Tom Hancock (3-17) who made the early inroads, reducing the London-based side to 33-4.

Ruislip never really recovered from that poor start, and ended on 112-9 after 40 overs.

Harpsden got themselves into a position of some weakness at 62-4 in reply, but opener Adam Birkett (59no) held his nerve to see his side home in 28.5 overs.

Holmer Green produced a Houdini-esque escape to come out of their home game with Braywood by seven runs.

The hosts looked to be in all sorts of trouble after Kamran Hafeez's 3-40 helped roll them for just 100.

At one stage Braywood – who the previous week had been bowled out for 82 chasing 123 by Peppard Stoke Row – had worked their way to 75-3, but a dramatic collapse which saw seven wickets go for 18 runs left them 93 all out, Prasantha Weerakoon grabbing brilliant figures of 6-19 and Dan Little 3-14.

There was also a remarkable low-scoring encounter between the league's bottom two sides, as Ballinger Waggoners leapfrogged Penn & Tylers Green courtesy of an 85-run win.

Penn opening bowlers Matt Lance (3-27) and Toby Radford (3-38) had put their side well on top by reducing Ballinger to 73-8, and despite some useful lower-order contributions, the visitors total of 126 looked gettable.

However, Penn crashed to 2-3 and from their were simply blown away, eventually all out for just 41 as Nick Adams (4-14), Fin Clark (3-17) and Harry Livingstone (3-6) ran riot.

A Dan Hayden masterclass and a fine all-round performance from Tom Macdonald helped Peppard Stoke Row gain by far the better of their home draw with third-placed Ley Hill.

PSR lost an early wicket after losing the toss, only for Andy Watts (45) and Macdonald (44) to put on 78 for the second wicket before the latter fell to make it 80-2.

Hayden set about the Hill attack from the outset, but PSR fell from 127-2 to 154-6 as they threatened to squander a good opportunity for a big score.

However, Hayden (117no from 81 balls) received admirable support from Sam Fooks, leading PSR to 272-7 at the end of their 46 overs.

Opener Ben Moultrie-Ford (42) looked in good touch for the visitors, but with Macdonald (4-35 from 12 overs) ripping through the middle order, they eventually blocked out on 187-7.