Briggs hits half-century as Banbury enjoy big success

Banbury III batsmen Kieren Dolphin and Josh Megson run them up against Cropredy
Banbury III batsmen Kieren Dolphin and Josh Megson run them up against Cropredy

Banbury II beat Leighton Buzzard Town by eight wickets in division one of the Cherwell Cricket League.

Stephen Hart took 3-13 and Alex Shortt picked up 3-30 as the hosts were dismissed for 103 runs.

In reply, Will Briggs hit an unbeaten 58 runs to see Banbury home in the 16th over.

Great & Little Tew II drew Oxford Downs in division two.

Markus Jeacock 92 and Matthew Warner 67no helped the hosts to 249-7 at Ledwell Road. In reply, Amin Rafiq 53no and Frankie Crouch 33 top scored as the visitors closed on 194-8 while Warner took 3-31 and Matt Clarke claimed 3-69.

Sandford St Martin II drew with Horspath II to close the gap on the leaders.

Charlie Beeson 74, Ian Reynolds 50 and Martin Anson 42 all made useful knocks as Sandford posted 286-7 at Ledwell Road where Jehan Mohammed took 3-58.

In reply, Jack Biggs 85, Dominic O’Connor 55 and Matthew Turner-Wilson 30 helped the visitors to 260-8 at the close despite Simon Smith taking 5-71.

Division three leaders Cropredy beat basement boys Banbury III by seven wickets.

Jake Heath took 6-20 as Banbury were skittled out for just 53 runs which proved little trouble for the Cropredy batsmen to pass in the 16th over.

Leaders Banbury IV beat Bledlow Village II by three wickets in division four.

MarkPallett took 4-43 as the visitors were restricted to 210-9. In reply, Andrew Stevens 68 and Andrew Pallett 33 saw Banbury home in the 42nd over.

Sandford St Martin II lost by ten wickets at Didcot II in division six.

Thomas Tanner 46 top scored as Sandford posted 120-8 while Kunal Patel took 4-42. In reply, Elliot Matthews 54no and Peter Sharp 51no saw Didcot home in the 22nd over.

Horley II beat Cublington by eight wickets.

Steve Palmer took 3-26 and Richard Hart picked up 5-44 as Cublington were dismissed for 89 runs. In reply, Dan Campbell 56no saw Horley home in the 15th over.

Second-placed Great & Little Tew III produced a superb run chase to beat East Oxford II by two wickets.

Henry Simmonds took 3-34 and Simon Priscott picked up 3-36 as the visitors were dismissed for 233 runs.

In reply, Jamie Shurmer 65no and Tom White 37 put the hosts on their way to a thrilling victory in the 48th over.