CRICKET: STANDARD boosted their chances of making a late challenge for the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division title at the weekend as they defeated an out-of-form Studley side at home.
Studley won the toss and elected to bat in ideal conditions, helped by the cloudless summer weather.
The visitors made a poor start though as openers Sam Fonyodi (4) and Scott Shepherd (3) fell cheaply to reduce Studley to 10/2.
Wicketkeeper Jack Williams then put on 19 runs with Chris Moss before he was caught by Steve Vaughan off the bowling of Thomas Kidd.
Moss then fell for 11 runs while Studley were on 40 – and this later turned to 50/4 and 68/5 as middle order batsmen Stuart Harris (21), Dale Edwards (13), and Charlie Bass (17) couldn’t add to their promising starting scores.
Liam Windridge proved vital to Standard’s cause as the Coventry team ripped through Studley’s tailend to reduce them to a poor 116 all out.
Jamie O’Hara also impressed for Standard with bowling figures of three wickets for 21 runs.
Chasing an achievable target of 117, Standard started well with Ryan Leybourne and Liam Windridge putting on 61 for the opening wicket.
Windridge retired while on 15 which allowed Thomas Kidd (47) to enter the crease.
Kidd teamed up with Leybourne to take the total to 61 before the arrival of Steve Vaughan helped guide Standard to comfortable home victory with batting points still on offer.
The home side took their chances as Bradley Curtis hit 25 from 43 balls while the back-end of the middle-order struggled to pick up runs.
Tailenders Mitchell Leybourne (11) and James Searle (16) helped Standard reach 239/7 at the close of play as they picked up a deserved 24 points.
The win lifted Standard to fifth in the league table as they leapfrogged Barby.
They are now 54 points short of current league leaders Bedworth and 79 points clear of bottom club Highway Spartans, who have lost their last five games.