West is best as Banbury take the derby honours

Richard West took five wickets and hit a half-century for Banbury at Oxford
Richard West took five wickets and hit a half-century for Banbury at Oxford

The returning Richard West went nap and completed a half-century as Banbury beat Oxford by 39 runs in Saturday’s Home Counties Premier Cricket League derby.

Having elected to bat in the division one fixture at Jordan Hill, skipper Lloyd Sabin saw his side make a disastrous start, losing both openers Tom Bartlett and Craig Haupt with just a couple of runs on the board. But Sabin and Charlie Hill put on 61 runs for the third wicket when the skipper went for 18, bowled by Richard Musk.

Hill remained at the crease, putting on 69 runs for the fourth wicket with West. Hill was finally run out by Musk for 66 runs off 80 balls which included seven fours.

West went on to make 50 off 80 balls, including six fours, before he was trapped lbw by Shamilal Mendis. Will Briggs 23 and Olly Wright, who hit 36 runs off just 34 balls, helped Banbury to 221 when the final wicket fell in the 64th over.

Banbury made the early breakthrough in Oxford’s reply, with Brad Taylor bowling Harvey Eltham. But fellow opener Owyn Tong-Jones 17 and Jamie Perkin put on 46 runs for the second wicket.

Perkin and Muhammad Ayub took the score on to 87-3 when the Oxford skipper was caught by Briggs off West for 43 runs. Ayub went on to make 68 runs but a middle order collapse, induced by West, saw Oxford reduced to 141-7 before Abdullah Sadiqi 16 came to the crease.

But Banbury were not to be denied and the final wicket fell in the 54th over as Oxford were dismissed for 182 runs as West took an impressive 5-55.