BENTLEY 1st got over last week’s disappointing result at Springfield with a convincing 121-run victory over High Roding 1st in the Premier Division.

Batting first, Bentley played a positive innings, piling on the runs with a brilliant 130 from Phil Coleman and 55 from Steve Coleman, to finish on 307-7.

In reply, Bentley’s opening bowlers bowled with discipline, and managed to reduce High Roding to 40-7. Respectability only came from Angus Burns with 39 not out and 70 not out from Simon Sargent.

Steve Flack and Matt Coleman were the pick of the Bentley bowlers with four and three wickets respectively.

In Division Two, South Weald 1st eased to a nine-wicket victory over Little Waltham 1st.

Little Waltham won the toss and elected to bat onwhat looked a decent batting track.

It was the home side bowlers, though, who made all the right moves, bowling out Waltham for just 162. Harle was the best of the bowlers taking 4-36.

In reply, South Weald skipper Hull played an excellent innings with an unbeaten 107, and his team cruised to victory in just 22 overs, scoring 164-1, to end Little Waltham’s unbeaten run.

In Division Seven, Navestock Ardleigh Green 1st picked up their first win of the season in a 12-run victory over Eastwood 2nd.

NAG1 reached 175-8 before bowling out the away side for 163, with a brilliant spell of 4-34 from expert slow bowler Nilesh ‘Teddy’ Patel.

Bentley 3rd lost by two wickets at Great Wakering 1st. Bentley were 179-8 including an unbeaten 53 from Urch, but the home side replied with 182-8 including an unbeaten 49 from Robbo.

South Weald 2nd won by one wicket away at Mountnessing 1st. Mountnessing were bowled out for 163, with some impressive bowling figures including 3- 35 from Townson and 2-15 from Oliver.

A43 fromCutts sawSouth Weald reach 167-9 despite the bowling efforts from Smith of 4-34.

Ongar 1st thrashed Woodham Mortimer 2nd by 105 runs. Ongar were eventuallybowled out for 212, which included a 74 for Gamma, as well as some incredible bowling from the home team.

Not even Preston taking 4-17 and Collis’ 4-42 could stop Ongar. Mortimer were bowled out for 107.