Pearce completes century as Horley rekindle hopes

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts' batsman Aadam Samvillah gets his shot away from Sandford St Martin's Steve Dobson and wicket keeper Nick Leader
Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts' batsman Aadam Samvillah gets his shot away from Sandford St Martin's Steve Dobson and wicket keeper Nick Leader

Sam Pearce completed his maiden unbeaten century as Horley beat Dinton II by nine wickets in division three of the Cherwell Cricket League.

Pete Papenfus 3-22 and Adam Webb 2-60 reduced the visitors to 91-5. Dave Eaton 4-72 came on to wrap up the tail but couldn’t prevent Ollie Chaplin hitting a late 55 to give Dinton a respectable total in which Mark Ludlow 45 also scored well.

In reply, Pearce 100no and Andrew Parker 55no put on 202 for the second wicket. Horley’s run chase was assisted by some 61 extras which saw them home in the 35th over.

Leaders Cropredy beat Oxford Downs II by ten wickets.

Jacob Heath took 5-12 as the hosts were dismissed for just 62 runs, leaving Tristian Evans 38no to see Cropredy home in the 13th over.

Banbury III lost by four wickets at Buckingham Town II.

The visitors were skittled out for just 97 runs and that proved little problem for Buckingham despite the efforts of Ollie Murrey 3-23 and Ross Freeman 3-24.

Sandford St Martin beat Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts by five wickets in division two.

Chris Thompson 4-41 and Jim Howe 3-51 dismissed the visitors for 193 runs in which Aadam Samiullah 54 led the way. In reply, Charlie Beeson 70 and Scott Reynolds 50 put Sandford on their way to victory in the 43rd over.

Great & Little Tew drew with Challow & Childrey.

Curtly Slatter 51, Lloyd Brock 50 and Markus Jeacock 41 helped the hosts to 260-5.

In reply, Kevin Taylor 4-64 and Ian Bryan 3-47 kept the visitors in check but they still reached 221-8 with Harry Kent 56, Justin Penrose 44, Ryan Gordon 39 and Alex Lynch 39 scoring well.

Banbury II drew at Thame in division one.

Charlie Hill took 3-40 as Thame were dismissed for 191 runs in which Mike Higgs 47 and Jarryd McPhee 38 top scored. In reply, Banbury reached 151-9 at the close as Hassam Mushtaq 4-56 and Higgs 3-34 made their mark.

Brackley beat Witney Mills by six wickets in division four.

Keith Cartwright took 4-9 as Witney were dismissed for 171 runs, in which Michael Dove 52 top scored, leaving Michael Lowe 46 and Luke Stone 36 to see Brackley home in the 44th over.