NEWBURY won the latest in the catalogue of derby games in Division Three A of the Thames Valley League when beating Falkland II by two wickets at Northcroft.
It was a game that remained in the balance until Newbury’s Prathesh Rajpal took charge,
smiting 15 boundaries in his match-winning 90 that saw Newbury through with something to spare.
Falkland had chosen to bat first and David Bloor stiffened the top order while James Bird (16) and Jack Chapman (14) came and went.
Two more wickets went cheaply to Newbury’s trinity of Rajpal, Charlie Anstey and Kevin Mills with Bloor eventually stumped by Nick Ferguson off Anstey for 50.
Falkland gained valuable runs with Ben Thomas (23) followed by veterans Mark Baker and Nigel Trumper with 17 and 35 not out respectively and the total reached 182-6 in the maximum 52 overs.
Anstey ended with 4-48 from his 19 overs, Mills taking 2-28 and Rajpal 2-48.
Newbury struggled to get going as Baker ate into the upper order with only Rajeev Hanabe (16) reaching double figures, Ed Uden’s 23 offering the first line of resistance with Rajpal joining him to dominate the rest of the day.
Sat Pal combined with Rajpal in a stand that sent their side towards the target, and although two wickets fell, Rajpal was still there on 90 when Newbury crossed the line in the 37th over to pick up 20 points that keep them in fourth spot in the table.