DAN Higgins found it a good toss to lose on Saturday as Churt recorded back-to-back wins in the Surrey Championship Division Four, beating Byfleet by six wickets at the Rec.
Liam Blake’s decision to bat first backfired as Churt medium-pacers Oli Plaistowe and Dave Thomas got to work in helpful conditions and reduced the visitors to 23-3.
Sam Coyne – top scorer with 36 – and George Mickley added 49 before Rowley Marshall took the first of his four wickets.
Marshall and Ben Mitchell rattled through the rest of the batting and Byfleet were dismissed for 114 in the 37th over. The bowlers all did well and Robbie Chhabra deserved better reward for his seven excellent overs. Churt also impressed in the field, with Toby Finneran and keeper Arran Higgins taking three catches apiece and Mitchell holding a hot one, as well as running out George Mickley.
Churt were batting before tea and Mitchell, having hit one four, lost his stumps to Matt Rannie going for another. Will Hucker and Finneran put on a measured 37 in the next eight overs, but Churt made it interesting by losing Finneran and Arran Higgins either side of tea.
At 44-3, Hucker was joined by Jon Palmer and a careful stand of 54 made certain of the win. Hucker was bowled for 39 in the 26th over and Palmer and Dan Higgins performed the final rites, Palmer lofting a six to end the game and finish 30 not out.
Haslemere made it two wins from two in Division Five. Away to Maori Oxshott, Haslemere compiled 176 all out in tricky conditions. Application was required and the top three all reached 20 (Lee Thayre 20, Chris Spooner 29, Scott Boxall 26). Pete Dudley (27 not out) and last man Billy Boxall (13) contributed vital runs.
Rain reduced the Oxshott side’s target to 152 off 43 overs, but they managed only 94 against some excellent bowling by Chris Hooker (5 wkts) and Sam Williams (4 wkts).