Leaders see off Backworth

DESPITE losing the wicket of Scott Shannon early on, Alan Robson and Sumit Puri put Backworth back on an even keel until the former was needlessly run out for 17.

Puri then found a useful partner in Paul Walker.

Although Puri was trapped lbw for 30, Mark Minto helped Walker take the score beyond the hundred mark before Walker was caught behind for 44.

None of the remaining batsmen provided any real support for Minto and despite 45 from him the innings closed at 170 with ten overs unused.

Top of the table Ryton got off to a useful reply through Bailey and Robinson, a partnership which was broken when Stubbs bowled Bailey for 25.

McLynon went cheaply but the experienced Ray Marshall kept Ryton on track. Stubbs trapped Robinson lbw for 45 but a quickfire 36 from Rowell put things out of reach.

Puri picked up to late wickets but Marshall was there undefeated on 35 at the end as Ryton won by four wickets.