Maunders and Bedi see Sunbury to Comfortable Win

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.

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