In form Newbury cruised to a comfortable 6 wicket win against league opponents Wokingham 2 at Northcroft on Saturday.
Having won the toss and deciding to bat first, the Wokingham openers found the going tough against the Newbury new ball attack of Hanabe and Vynatheya. Restricting the openers to just 2 runs an over, both bowlers were causing problems with swing and seam movement. Vynatheya made the first breakthrough getting one to nip back and trap Soza on the crease lbw. When Vynatheya then had Redyhough caught behind by Ferguson soon after, the Wokingham innings was stuttering at 18 for 2. Hanabe found Cowdell's outside edge but Anstey could not hold on at second slip.
Cowdell and Turner began to rebuild the innings as Newbury skipper Mills made a double change in search of the next breakthrough. Anstey immediately found his range, his variations causing difficulties for both batsmen on a turning wicket. However it was Sat Pal that struck next. After an expensive first over, Sat Pal found his rhythm and ripped through the Wokingham middle order. Turner was first to go, excellently caught low down by Ferguson off a faint edge. When Danger-man Cowdell was then clean bowled, the Wokingham innings was showing signs of falling away at 61 for4.
Any thoughts of a recovery were quickly snuffed out as 3 more wickets fell without score. Anstey trapping Tang lbw in between two more wickets for a by now irresistible Sat Pal both of which were lbw.
By now the Wokingham innings was in disarray and Anstey took advantage with a double wicket maiden, the first of which was a classic leg spinner’s dismissal as drift in and then prodigious turn away found the edge of Budd to be brilliantly caught by Mills at gully.
Fittingly it was Sat Pal who finished the innings off having Healey caught by Hanabe to claim a well-deserved five for. Wokingham were all out for just 73 and all four Newbury bowlers can be proud of their efforts. Sat Pal finishing with figures of 5 for 20, Anstey 3 for 16 and Vynatheya 2 for 17.
Newbury set about chasing the modest total down in positive fashion. Douglas made a quick 15, before Anstey and Harris put on 27 for the next wicket. Although Anstey fell for 14, Harris continued his aggressive approach and added another 19 runs with Keep (5). Although Harris got out for an excellent 28 just shy of the total, Uden and Naimanage negotiated Newbury across the line for a well-deserved win.
The win takes Newbury up to third place in division 3A of the TVCL and this Saturday they travel to high flying Aldershot in a crucial second verses third clash.