Great & Little Tew II got the better of a hard fought draw in Saturday’s Cherwell Cricket League derby at Sandford St Martin.
Sandford elected to field in the division two fixture but were denied early inroads as Robbie Catling 34 and Tom Price 41 put on 58 runs for the first wicket in 19 overs. With a solid platform set, Markus Jeacock 50 and Henry Woodward 54 pushed the innings forward in the middle overs.
Josh Garrett then accelerated at the end of the innings, scoring an unbeaten 47 which included four sixes as Tew closed on 245-5 from their 53 overs.
In reply, Sandford began quickly with opener Steve Dobson hitting a rapid fire 57 that propelled the home side to 105-1 from just 15 overs. But when Dobson became the first of spinner Ollie Price’s three victims the momentum slowed.
Price 3-59 and Ian Bryan 3-31 pegged Sandford back to 167-7 from 37 overs. Despite a patient 47 from Henry Portman, Sandford were unable to threaten the target, finishing on 202-7.
Cropredy lost by five wickets at Buckingham Town II despite an impressive batting performance.
Having been inserted, Eli Heath 65 and Saim Hussain 40 put on a century opening stand allowing Ed Somerton 71 to finish the Cropredy innings in style as they posted 258-4 while Dominic Pritchard took 3-73.
Despite removing Buckingham’s top three cheaply with Somerton taking 3-49, Adam King 55, Jason Ell 53 and Ben Laycock 91 took advantage of some wayward Cropredy bowling to win with an over to spare.
Banbury II lost by three wickets at Dinton in division one.
Justin Lambden 59 and Charlie Hill 44 top scored as Banbury were dismissed for 196 runs with Adam Mould 3-14 and Ryan Chapman 3-37 doing the damage.
In reply, Ashley Smith 44, Philip Arnold 42 and Neil Roberts 37no helped Dinton pass the target in the 38th over.
Horley beat Bledlow Village by 182 runs in division three.
David Clark 71, David Taylor 64, Stephen King 51 and Steve Palmer 30 helped Horley to 288-8 while Matthew Pearce took 4-61 and Matthew Bolton 3-75.
In reply, Dave Eaton 5-31 and Adam Webb 3-58 dismissed the hosts in the 36th over with Olly Woodward 43 top scoring.
Banbury II beat Great Brickhill II by six wickets.
Jilesh Pattni 40 and Drew Burrows 32no top scored as the visitors were dismissed for 177 runs with Ollie Murrey 3-28 and Chris Phillips 3-41 returning good figures.
In reply, Steve Beck 55 top scored as Banbury got home in the 40th over.