ANKIT Kaushik turned up the heat in the summer sunshine with a sizzling unbeaten century to help Coventry & North Warwickshire continue their pursuit of the Warwickshire County League Premier Division pacesetters.
Kaushik smacked 127 not out off 110 balls, with ten fours and six maximums, to spark Cov to a thumping 158-run win away to Sutton Coldfield.
Matthew Nobes and William Iles also hit half-centuries as Cov racked up 310-6 off their 50 overs.
Having won the toss, Coventry lost Taran Toor (19) early on, but opener Nobes and Iles soon stepped up the run scoring with a 75-run stand.
Nobes reached his 50 off 39 balls, with nine fours and one six, before he fell for 54 and new batsman Vikram Sodhi departed quickly. That left the score 95-3 but the visitors were in mood to loosen their grip on proceedings.
The arrival of Kaushik rebooted the innings and Kaushik and Iles, hitting a more circumspect 51 off 79 balls, put on 74 for the fourth wicket.
Iles, Raag Kapur (7) and Marco Higgins (13) departed to leave Coventry 220-6 but Kaushik kept sending the ball to all parts of Rectory Park, reaching his 100 off 105 balls in the final over.
Sutton needed a solid start to have any chance of getting a positive result but their first wicket fell without a run on the board. That soon became 23-2 and then 67-4 but Jack Smith rallied the hosts with 55 and shared 61 runs with Jacob Squire-Wood to take them to 128 but when both fell with a further run being added the writing was on the wall.
Coventry’s bowlers were led by George Neal who finished with 3-47, while there were two wickets apiece for Toby Palmer (2-7), Sameer Vohra (2-23) and Kapur (2-25).
Coventry remain third in the table, behind Stratford-upon-Avon and Walmley, as they welcome Rugby to Binley Road for a Warwickshire derby on Saturday.