Spectators watch the action during day one of a First-Class Cricket match in Oxford.

Silksworth hosted Castle Eden in their opening game of the season, where they beat the visitors by 27 runs.

Mark Jones shone for the hosts by scoring 64, and David Nunn cleaned up with the ball posting bowling figures of four wickets for just 13 runs after four overs. M. Dunn got four wickets for the visitors, with A. Tudball not out for 24.

Silksworth captain Ritchie Harries stated before the season started that his side was good enough to be title contenders this season and that winning their first fixture would be a statement to the rest of the league.

Silksworth elected to bat first, with Mark and Adam Jones opening. Adam was bowled early with Paul Howe and veteran Mark Jones called upon to stop a quick batting collapse. The pair did just that, posting a partnership of 63, with Howe picking up quick singles and Jones hitting big boundaries.

Howe was eventually bowled by Dunn for 22 and Jones followed not long after with a good batting performance of 64. By this point in the game Silksworth had 100 on the scoreboard and plenty of experienced batsman to come.

With two overs left in the first innings, Adam Laverick came in and hit six from two balls before being bowled, and then came in Michael Mcavoy and Craig Ritchie who were both eight not out.

Silksworth posted a score of 134 at the interval and were big favourites going out to bowl.

Craig Gardner instantly ripped into Eden’s batting order, with a wicket in both of his first two overs. Gardner went for just nine runs from his four overs, with an average of 4.5. Markham backed his man up at the other end, ensuring the batting side were unable to post any sort of run chase.

Nunn came on first change at Gardner’s end and got two wickets in his first over. Silksworth’s other spinner, Aidan Young also got a wicket at the other end. Nunn destroyed any hope Eden had of chasing down the total, with another two wickets from his next two overs.

Eden did hang around for the full 20 overs, with Tudball and D. Bowey hanging around and regaining some credibility for the visitors.

Silksworth travel to title rivals Easington next Thursday and will hope to continue their unbeaten start to the 2016/17 season.