Lechlade slip back as Perry shows his class
BIDDESTONE won the top-of-the-table clash against Lechlade at the Manor Ground thanks to an outstanding all-round performance by Dwaine Perry.
South African Perry scored an unbeaten 144 with the bat as well as taking three wickets with the ball and two catches in the field.
Biddestone's 29 run victory sees them leapfrog Lechlade to the top of the table with a slim three-point advantage.
Biddestone having won the toss decided to bat first and Lechlade seemed to take the advantage at the start with Biddestone being reduced to 32 for two after 14 overs after Paul Godding struck twice in his opening spell.
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Perry joined Neil Bredencamp at the wicket and the pair doubled the score over the next ten overs.
Neither batsman looked to be in any danger as Lechlade went through their bowling options without success.
The Biddestone pair put together a 94-run partnership before Bredencamp was bowled by Arnie Yugaraja for 49.
Perry completed his half century shortly afterwards and with the Biddestone middle order batting around Perry they built their total.
Perry brought up his century off 82 balls and with his century under his belt Perry then launched into the Lechlade bowling with Biddestone scoring at more than ten an over for the last ten overs to finish on 250.
Perry had scored 99 of the last 124 runs added to the Biddestone total and his unbeaten 144 came off 118 balls in which he scored 21 boundaries four of which were for six.
Lechlade in reply struggled from the outset and with the loss of Joe Breet, Yugaraja and Freddie Martin in the first seven overs with only 24 runs on the board Biddestone were very much in control.
Arran Dickinson and Will Nichols briefly stopped the rot and had taken the score to 55 before Dickinson edged a ball from Perry to the keeper for 18.
Godding with Nichols had managed to take the score to 99 when Nichols was next to be dismissed bowled by Perry for 24.
Godding followed quickly when he seemed to get a harsh leg before decision and when Tris Hawkes was bowled for 14 Lechlade had been reduced to 118 for seven.
Lechlade then knuckled down in an attempt to limit the damage and deprive Biddestone of valuable bonus points.
Sam Burdock with Ross Jeffels added 41 runs to the total and Jeffels with Asanka Vithanage playing some glorious shots to the boundary added a further 57 to the score.
But Lechlade's hopes were dashed when Jeffels ran himself out on 31 and Vithanage was bowled an over later for 44 having scored his runs of just 26 balls. Lechlade finished on 221, 29 runs short of victory with 21 balls left.