Penhale hits Reading with six of the best

Karl Penhale took six wickets at White Post Road
Karl Penhale took six wickets at White Post Road

Karl Penhale took six wickets as Banbury romped to an eight wicket victory over Reading in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League fixture.

The division one fixture was all over shortly after lunch after Banbury had skittled out a poor Reading side for just 40 runs at White Post Road. Cricket lovers in Bodicote were left to get their afternoon’s entertainment at the adjoining King’s Field in the SNCL fixture with MK Afro Caribbean.

Penhale finished with 6-10, polishing off the visitors with his first ball after lunch. That left Banbury with the facile task of finding the required runs which they duly did.

Ashley Blanchard got the ball rolling, trapping Andrew Rishton lbw while fellow opener Curran Gaur soon followed after he was caught by Jimmy Phillips to become the first of Penhale’s six victims. Tom Fray faced 13 balls before he was bowled by Blanchard before Penhale dismissed Sukhmeet Khang and Bobby Zafar, both trapped lbw.

Only Jack Beaven 10 reached double figures before he was dismissed by Ollie Wright to leave the visitors on 40-9 at lunch. Penhale soon ended Reading’s innings with the first ball on the resumption, trapping David Harley lbw to finish with impressive figures of 11-5-10-6.

In reply, Hugo Darby was run out and Lloyd Sabin failed to trouble the scorers but the reliable Tim Paine 25no saw Banbury home in the sixth over, a huge six confirming the facile victory.

And it was just as easy for leaders Henley who took little more than ten overs to beat basement boys Oxford by eight wickets to extend their 100 per cent record and maintain a 50-point advantage over Luke Ryan’s side.