Sandford take the honours as they hold on to win derby

Sandford St Martin batsman Chris Thompson deals with a delivery as Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Robbie Catling gets set
Sandford St Martin batsman Chris Thompson deals with a delivery as Great & Little Tew wicket keeper Robbie Catling gets set

Sandford St Martin took the honours in Saturday’s thrilling Cherwell Cricket League derby with Great & Little Tew II at Ledwell Road.

The rivals fought it out for last year’s division three title with Sandford having to settle for the runners-up spot. But they gained some revenge on Saturday with a four run success against their near neighbours.

The hosts were dismissed for 178 runs in the division two fixture with Mark Robey 45, Martin Anson 42 and Tom Goffe 35 leading the way while Matthew Warner took 3-28 and Kevin Taylor picked up 3-67 for last year’s division three champions.

In reply, the visitors made steady progress with Robbie Catling 48 and Warner 36 keeping them in contention. But Tom Rothwell claimed 3-28 and Daniel Smith picked up 3-35 to dismiss their rivals in the 45th over .

Banbury II drew with Wolverton Town in division one.

They dismissed the visitors for 187 runs at White Post Road, where Charlie Hill took 5-70 and Steve Hart claimed 4-28.

Banbury found runs difficult to come by in reply but held on to close on 141-9 with Andrew Sabin 55 and Ed Phillips 31 top scoring.

Cropredy beat Horley by three wickets in division three.

Richard Lynch took 3-34 and Jacob Heath claimed 5-43 as Horley were dismissed for 130 runs with Sam Pearce 33 top scoring for the hosts.

In reply, Tom Bunting 52no and Matt Walmsley-Pace 30 put the visitors on their way to victory in the 28th over despite the efforts of Darren De Bruyn who took 3-79.

Banbury III comfortably beat Dinton II by 52 runs.

Ollie Murrey 38no helped Banbury to 175-8 while Najam Rehman took 5-35. In reply, Mark Ludlow top scored for Dinton but Olly Clarke took 3-41 as the hosts were dismissed in the 40th over.

Brackley drew with Leighton Buzzard Town II in division four.

Michael Lowe 85no and Eric Carpenter 75 top scored as Brackley declared on 222-6. Robert Timmis then took 4-27 and Keith Carpenter claimed 3-36 but the visitors held on to close on 141-9.