Fielding first Sunbury soon got on top of Guildford as they dismissed their visitors for just 159 before John Maunders and Rhythm Bedi with a stand of 122 guided Sunbury to a comfortable 7 wicket win.
Fielding first Sunbury soon had Guildford in trouble as 51-2 became 53-3 and then 75-4 as Adam Stanier captured 2 wickets, but it was the fall of Bradley Erasmus in the over before lunch when Adam London took a catch off the ever reliable Vishal Manro that seemed the turning point as the visitors were reduced to 86-5 at the break. This then became 89-6 shortly after the re-start when Manro struck again. Skipper Maunders brought back Kevin Smith and his pace was too much for the Guildford tail to handle as he captured 3 quick wickets that reduced Guildford to 114-9. If nothing else their tenth wicket pair showed resilience as they added 45 but it was to prove to be too little too late, leaving Sunbury a modest target of just 160 for victory.
Kevin Smith was the most successful bowler taking 4-40 ably supported by Manro 2-21, Stanier 2-23 and Sohi 2-49. London chipping in with 3 catches behind the stumps.
In recent weeks Sunbury’s upper order has consistently failed, this time being reduced to 38-3 but the match winning stand of 122 between Maunders, who batted beautifully for his 70* that included nine fours and a six and the battling Bedi (68*) with a second consecutive half-century with eleven fours on his scorecard saw Sunbury home with seven wickets and 24 overs to spare.
With Reigate Priory and Weybridge both winning Sunbury’s slender lead of just 2 points at the top of the table remains, in what now appears to be a three horse race for the title. This Saturday Sunbury entertain lowly East Molesey at the start of the final 5 games which are 50 overs per side matches. The game starts at midday.