Lambden tops as Banbury move to challenge leaders

Tom Bartlett helped Banbury II move up to second place
Tom Bartlett helped Banbury II move up to second place

Banbury II moved up to second in division one of the Cherwell Cricket League with a 34 run victory at Tiddington.

Captain Justin Lambden hit 97 and Tom Bartlett 68 to help Banbury to 222 all out in the final over despite Ben Smith taking 4-73.

Will Goodman struck 52 in Tiddington’s reply but 4-67 from James Phillips and 3-12 from George Tait helped Banbury to dismiss the hosts for 188 runs.

Cropredy were knocked off top spot in division two as they fell to a single wicket defeat at Buckingham Town II.

Joe Fox’s 56 was crucial as Cropredy were all out for 164 in the 46th over.

Patrick Somerton 3-52 and Matt McInerney 3-54 bowled well for Cropredy but Buckingham edged to 169-9 to secure the win.

Great & Little Tew II got off the mark with their first win of the season, beating Leighton Buzzard Town by two wickets.

Tom Price 3-22 and Joe White 3-24 helped to dismiss the visitors for just 114, before Price hit 34 as Tew edged in at 115-8.

But Sandford St Martin slumped to 97 all out and an eight wicket defeat at home to Bledlow Village.

Chasing the meagre target, Bledlow raced to 98-2 in 19.2 overs, Adam Mould hitting an unbeaten 43.