Westbury lose for first time despite Harper’s big haul

Charlie Harper' took six wickets but could not save Westbury from their first defeat
Charlie Harper' took six wickets but could not save Westbury from their first defeat
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Westbury suffered their first defeat in division four of the Cherwell Cricket League, losing by 140 runs against Witney Mills.

Three dropped catches in the first ten overs cost Westbury dear as the Witney Mills batsman took full advantage and racked up an imposing 254-9 off 53 overs. Adam Mayho 92 and Malcolm Evans 58 top scored.

Charlie Harper was a stand alone performer with 6-74, including a hat-trick off the last three balls of the innings, while Harry Wolrige Gordon took 3-51.

Westbury pride themselves on batting deep and the total was far from beyond them, even though they were missing three of their top five batsmen.

They got off to a reasonable start at 49-1 half way through the tenth over but a mix-up caused a run out and it went rapidly downhill. Witney Mills ramped up the pressure and Westbury lost regular wickets until they were bowled out in the 29th over as Ben Madden took 6-49.

Brackley beat Stokenchurch by 77 runs.

Mike Cartwright 82 and Josh Markham 30no helped Brackley to 225-9 while Arshad Latif took 3-37.

In reply, Rob Cartwright took 4-13 and Doug Smith took 3-21 as Stokenchurch were dismissed in the 34th over with Chris North 34 and Marvin Taylor 33 top scoring.

Banbury IV lost by 81 runs Kingston Bagpuize in division five.

Toby Ricks 54 and William Woodley 50 top scored as the visitors were dismissed for 210 runs with Daniel Bartlett 4-40 and Steve Partington 4-47 returning best figures.

In reply, William Woodley 3-20 and George Woodley 3-30 shot Banbury out in the 47th over with Partington 35 top scoring.