Oxford take the honours as Banbury slip up again

Banbury batsman Ollie Clarke runs them up on his way to 75 against Oxford at White Post Road
Banbury batsman Ollie Clarke runs them up on his way to 75 against Oxford at White Post Road

Banbury’s disappointing end to the Home Counties Premier Cricket League continued as they lost to rivals Oxford.

Already relegated, Oxford showed some fighting spirit to beat Banbury by six wickets in Saturday’s division one fixture at White Post Road.

Having elected to bat, captain Lloyd Sabin saw his side reduced to 10-2 as he and Tom opener Bartlett departed. Bartlett was bowled by Ricard Musk who then accounted for Sabin.

Craig Haupt and Oliver Clarke steadied the ship and added 69 runs for the third wicket. Haupt was stumped by Calvin Dickinson off Shamilal Mendis for 30 runs off 81 balls.

Clarke formed a fourth-wicket stand of 63 with Charlie Hill who was caught by Jamie Perkin off Mendis for 28 runs off 54 balls. Clarke remained but only Olly Wright could make a significant contribution before was run out by Arthur Muir for 25 runs.

Clarke remained unbeaten on 75 off 120 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, as Banbury posted 198-7 off their 50 overs.

In reply, Banbury made the early breakthrough when Dickinson was caught by Shazad Rana off Wright. But Jamie Perkin and Owyn Tong-Jones took the visitors on to 85-2.

Perkin was caught by Graham Beer off James Curtis for 22 but Tong-Jones and Muhammad Ayub produced another key partnership as they put on 59 runs for the third wicket.

Tong-Jones was run out by Hill for 63 runs off 120 balls which included six boundaries. Ayub soon followed when he was caught by Rana off Clarke for a quick-fire 43 runs off 54 balls which included five boundaries.

Banbury still had a chance of winning the game but Fergus Nutt 23no and Mendis 23no saw Oxford home in the 47th over.