Thompson leads way as Sandford see off their rivals

Sandford St Martin captain Chris Thompson guided his side to victory against Great & Little Tew II
Sandford St Martin captain Chris Thompson guided his side to victory against Great & Little Tew II

Chris Thompson had a fine all round performance to help Sandford St Martin to a 43 run victory against neighbours Great & Little Tew II in division two of the Cherwell Cricket League.

Thompson top scored with 56 in Sandford’s 241 all out, Jamie King taking 4-55.

Tew then fell to 198 all out in their reply as the Sandford skipper claimed 4-17.

Ryan Gordon slammed a century as Challow & Childrey returned to winning ways with a five wicket win against Cropredy in division two.

Batting first, Cropredy were all out in the last over for 272 as Matt McInnerney top-scored with 88 and Conor Jones took 5-54. Challow eased to 275-5 with almost four overs to spare as Gordon slammed 108 and Justin Penrose 62no.

Richard Simpson’s unbeaten 64 led the way as Banbury II beat hosts Aston Rowant II by 48 runs keep up the pressure in division one.

Batting first after winning the toss, Banbury were grateful to Simpson’s knock as they struggled to 187-9 in their 50 overs, Rob Waite taking 4-23 and Ben Knowler 4-59.

There was also the unusual occurrence of a Banbury player being out, handled the ball, as George Tait swatted away a delivery destined for the stumps with his hand. But Rowant were never in the hunt as they slumped to 139 all out, Imran Mohammed taking 3-12 and Tait 3-29. Leigh Lewis 40no top scored for Rowant.

Cropredy II were too strong Oxford III as they raced to a seven wicket win in division five.

Oxford were shot out for 148 as James Coleman took 6-38. Cropredy eased in at 149-3, Adam Goodway top-scoring with 39.

Bilal Afzal hit an incredible unbeaten 225 but Twyford II still could not manage victory as Sandford St Martin II frustrated them to bat out for a draw.

Afzal’s superb knock saw Twyford declare on 340-3. Sandford made no effort at chasing, closing on 193-7, Colin Simpson 81 top scoring.