HOLMER Green's Berkshire, Mid Bucks and Chilterns League Championship Division title hopes suffered a blow as they fell to a 10-run defeat at resurgent Ballinger Waggoners, writes Richard Ashton.

Openers Richard O'Kelly (73) and Andy Thompson (64) put on 147 for the first wicket before Freddie Thompson (41 off 22 balls) upped the scoring rate.

The Waggoners ended their 46 overs on a competitive 241-6, and while there were numerous cameos throughout the Holmer Green reply, they were eventually dismissed for 231, Rommel Foster top scoring with 40.

Harry Livingstone was the pick of the hosts' attack with figures of 3-35.

Third-placed Checkendon cruised to a 132-run victory at Ruislip Victoria.

Vittal Guntuka (66no from 60 balls) and Amol Tyagi (61 from 56) did the bulk of the damage as Checks racked up 258-6, Umair Mann the stand-out bowler with 3-24.

In reply, the Victorians had no answer to the spin of Mayank Kedia (4-24) and Rama Adigantla (3-24) as they were knocked over for 126.

Ley Hill's stuttering run continued as they lost by five wickets at home to Braywood.

Ben Moultrie-Ford's 50 helped the hosts to 165, Kamran Hafeez claiming 3-43, but Braywood chased the target after 34 overs thanks to fine knocks from Shahbaz Khan (53no) and Prijith Vijayan (48).

An incredible innings from the evergreen Andy Watts helped Peppard Stoke Row snatch a two-wicket win in their bottom-of-the-table trip to Penn & Tylers Green.

Richard Royce (67), Gavin Waite (58no from 43 balls) and Doug Marriet (45) guided Penn to 229-5, 12-year-old debutant Connor Lamsdale (2-31 from 12 overs) the pick of the visitors' bowlers.

PSR were given a breath-taking start as Jason Vaughan-Davies blasted 39 from only 22 balls, but with Peter Lamsdale (39) the only other player than Watts to reach double figures, the visitors looked in deep trouble at 171-7.

However, Watts utilised the short straight boundary superbly to take 40 off the last 3.3 overs, ending on an unbeaten 125 and steering his side home with three balls to spare.