Tredwell turns the game as Westbury get back on track

Westbury batsman Tom Gurney is out much to the delight of Brackley wicket-keeper Mike Cartwright and slip Keith Cartwright
Westbury batsman Tom Gurney is out much to the delight of Brackley wicket-keeper Mike Cartwright and slip Keith Cartwright

Richard Tredwell produced the key bowling display as Westbury took the honours in Saturday’s Cherwell Cricket League derby.

Westbury bounced back to winning ways at rivals Brackley in a tough top-of-the-table clash in division four.

Westbury elected to bat and held back their attacking instincts with Wiggy Gurney 57 and Tom Wilson 66no the main stays. Some clean striking at the end from Graham Judd took Westbury to 201-6 off 53 overs.

Brackley’s initial reply was equally as patient as Westbury’s had been earlier, both teams taking 20 overs to reach 50. Wickets were hard to come by and it took a moment of brilliance to change the course of the game as Olly Tice dived full stretch at the edge of the ring to take a remarkable catch.

With Brackley still only two down after 22 overs and all three outcomes still possible but the draw looking the most likely, Tredwell came on and turned the game. Wickets fell as the Brackley batsmen looked to push the run rate and Tredwell was in his element, picking up 6-29 as the hosts were bowled out for 98 with nine overs left.

Great & Little Tew II slumped to a second successive division two defeat, suffering a nine wicket loss to leaders Oxford Downs.

The hosts elected to bat but soon found themselves in trouble at 21-4 from just eight overs as Johnny Law and Harry Sutton knocked the stuffing out of Tew’s top order. Sutton continued the good work ending up with 5-14 from his 14 overs and ably assisted by Eddie Bauer.

Only Tom Price 34 on his debut showed any application as Tew were shot out for just 93. Down’s made short work of the chase, Wez Mehmood 63no leading from the front as the game was wrapped up in just 19 overs.

Cropredy drew with Challow & Childrey.

Cropredy posted 255-6 with Ed Somerton 73, Richard Lynch 55, Joe Fox 47 and Russell Beckett 30 all making good scores while George Trewby took 3-78.

In reply, Jacob Heath 4-42 as Challow & Childrey reached 166-8 with Hamish Matthews 39 and John Pechey 32 leading the way.

Sandford St Martin beat Oxford II by six wickets.

Joe Porter 71 top scored as Oxford were dismised for 176 runs with Henry Portman 3-29, Thomas Goffe 3-33 bowling well.

In reply, Kris Jones 75 and Nicholas Leader 33no saw Sandford home in the 35th over.