The 1st XI lost their unbeaten record when a strong Reigate Priory outfit cruised to a comfortable victory by chasing down a modest Sunbury total of 172 to win by 8 wickets.
Losing the toss Sunbury took first knock in conditions which certainly favoured the bowlers and although John Maunders and Adam London put on 51 for the first wicket it took them to the eighteenth over against some accurate seam bowling from the experienced Priory bowlers particularly Will Hodson and Richard Stevens.
Maunders (29) went to a fine caught and bowled off Stevens and the same bowler accounted for Mees Hussain and Sam Burgess as Sunbury slipped to 61-3. Nath Gregory joined London and the pair batted with determination as they took the score to 118 before London (57) was caught at square leg to a simple catch from a reverse sweep, and although Gregory (26) and Rhythm Bedi (15) were looking comfortable Sunbury lost a further 3 wickets for just 2 runs as they slipped to 136–7 with 22 overs still remaining. Ishi Sohi (23) was then run out after slipping whilst trying to get back into his crease and the rest of the innings folded like a pack of cards as they were all out for 172 in the 60th over. Stevens with 4-33 and slow bowler Luke Beaven
4-53 were the main wicket takers as they strangled the normally confident Sunbury batting line-up.
It was always going to be a difficult task to restrict the strong Reigate batting line-up and although Oli Hairs went second ball it was just the beginning of the end that saw Richie Oliver (65) and Chris Murtagh (74*) set about knocking off the runs as they added 142 in just 26 overs. With 2 breaks, one for bad light and another for rain, Sunbury’s task was made even more difficult by the conditions and a cameo from Craig Cachopa (21* from 13 balls) saw Priory deservedly coming out on top winning by 8 wickets. Sunbury remain second in the table but the difference between the two sides was very noticeable and clearly Priory are more than capable of winning the Championship even though only 6 of 18 games have been played.
Sunbury face another difficult game when they visit Wimbledon at Church Road on Saturday, hoping to get back into their winning ways, the match starting at 11.30.