Bowlers come up trumps to justify Vickers’ decision

Cropredy batsman Eli Heath faces a delivery as Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts wicket keeper Jayden Kennedy and slip Asfan Ahmed look on
Cropredy batsman Eli Heath faces a delivery as Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts wicket keeper Jayden Kennedy and slip Asfan Ahmed look on

Cropredy enjoyed a comfortable six wicket victory over Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts in Saturday’s division two fixture in the Cherwell Cricket League.

Winning the toss, captain Tony Vickers asked the visitors to bat and his bowlers responded to the challenge well. Patrick Somerton 4-39, George Buckingham 2-19, Saim Hussain 3-21 and veteran Richard Lynch 1-27 dismissed the visitors for 138 runs with Jayden Kennedy 34 top scoring.

In reply, Eli Heath 41 and Ed Somerton 47 continued their recent good form to see Cropredy home in the 35th over despite Atif Ali taking 4-42.

Great & Little Tew II beat Challow & Childrey by 17 runs.

Tom Price 34 and Henry Woodward 38 top scored as the hosts were dismissed for 202 runs. In reply, Lawrence Brock took 4-37 and Lloyd Brock picked up 3-54 as the visitors were skittled out in the 44th over.

Sandford St Martin lost by seven wickets at Oxford Downs.

Tom Costley took 7-53 as Sandford were dismissed for 145 runs with Thomas Goffe 51 top scoring. In reply, Will Watts 74no and Chris Sandbach 55 led Downs to victory in the 37th over.

Banbury II beat Twyford by 100 runs in division one.

Justin Lambden 93, Will Hawtin 72no and Josh Megson 71no helped Banbury to 315-3. In reply, Alexander Shortt took 5-49 as Twyford were dismissed in the 39th over with Jack Deal 60 batting well.

Banbury III moved into third place in division three with a three run victory against Wallingford.

Alex Glastonbury 18 top scored as Banbury were skittled out for 68 runs. But Glastonbury then took 3-25 and James Risbridger picked up 6-35 as they shot out Wallingford in the 21st over.

Horley drew with Great Brickhill.

David Taylor 97, Steve Palmer 59 and Dave Eaton 46 to 272 runs while Lawrence Armstrong took 3-72. In reply, Pete Papanfus took 4-54 as Great Brickhill closed on 184-9 with Armstrong 39no and Anton De Beer 38 top scoring.