CRICKET: RIPLEY sewed up a memorable title victory on Saturday with a 95-run demolition of Hampton Hill.
Jon Primmett’s men posted a mammoth 231-run target after winning the toss and electing to have a bat first.
And it was fitting that Jon Lash (51), so often the main man in the heart of Ripley’s order, chalked up another big score as the hosts clinched the Surrey County League Division 1 championship on their own patch.
Opener Keith Alvey had the spectators filling the Champagne flutes with a 41-run stint at the crease, and from there the home side never looked back.
Matt Harris, in at No 3, top-scored with 65 from just 52 deliveries, while Lash took just 59 balls to amass his latest half century.
Tail-ender Zia Azeem reached 26 as Ripley pushed their score firmly into the 200s. With Hampton now out to spoil the party, Lash took over to show that he is King of the Hill with both bat and ball.
Accurate bowling yielded five wickets at the expense of just 11 runs to completely bewilder the visitors. Only Tom Hampton (31) could make it past 20, he too falling victim to Lash’s supremacy.
Meanwhile, Byfleet kept the pressure on league leaders Dorking in Surrey Championship Division Five with a bonus-point triumph over Sanderstead.
Abdul Muzammil’s 86 had threatened to derail Byfleet’s title charge with just two games remaining, but Parvis Road ace Brian Barnard hit back with 78 to make sure the three-way race for promotion with Stoke D’Abernon goes right down to the wire.
In Surrey Championship Division Three, Woking & Horsell’s fate was sealed by rivals Pyrford as the Pears romped to a seven-wicket win. Defeat confirms Woking & Horsell’s relegation with two games of the summer left to play.
Elsewhere, Pirbright were able to rise to third in I’Anson Cup Competitions Division Two after their opponents, Lurgashall, failed to field a team, and it was a similar story at Woking, where Morden could not rally enough troops to complete their Surrey Cricket League Division Three fixture.
Old Woking had to be content with a losing draw during their visit to Brockham Green, despite opener Muneer Basha racking up 84 runs for the visiting side.