CRICKET: Downs are masters of their own downfall

Wes Bartlett hit 46 for Oxford Downs in the thrilling tie at Banbury 2nd

Wes Bartlett hit 46 for Oxford Downs in the thrilling tie at Banbury 2nd

First published in Sport

Three run outs cost Oxford Downs their second win of the season as their Division 1 clash at Banbury 2nd ended in a dramatic tie.

Amin Rafiq, Tomas King and Johnny Law went to leave Downs on 209 all out replying to Banbury’s 209-9.

The home side’s innings was built around Ed Phillips’ 68 and Will Briggs’ 53.

Wes Bartlett (46) and Will Watts (45) shone for Downs, but Bradley Taylor (3-67) and keen fielding earned Banbury the tie.

Division 3 leaders Great & Little Tew 2nd stole a march on their nearest rivals by thrashing Bletchley Town by 115 runs, while Sandford St Martin could only manage a draw.

Hosts Tew made 224-9 declared from 43 overs. Robbie Catling (42), Tom Young (37) and Robbie Shurmer (35) were the main contributors, while Sam Newman took 5-49.

Town were rolled over for 109 by Shurmer (4-35) and Jack Belmont (3-22), and were docked five points for not having a scorer.

Sandford St Martin elected to field and then allowed Bicester & North Oxford to make 260-6.

Nick Moorman made 88 while Daniel Murphy and Richard Simpson added 61 apiece.

Chris Thompson (72) and Tim Lowe (70) kept things interesting, but Kishan Dave took 5-34 to leave Sandford on 239-8.

Steve Bates hit a majestic 147 from 149 balls as Shipton-under-Wych-wood 2nd crushed visitors Banbury 3rd by eight wickets.

Banbury would have been happy enough after Alistair Martin (72no) and Jordan Helps (46) took them to 203-5.

But Bates and Jeremy Kirby (36no) added 139 for the first wicket as Shipton raced to 206-2.

Oxford Downs 2nd were awarded a home win against Dinton 2nd after the visitors forfeited the game.

Witney Mills triumphed by 15 runs in a topsy-turvy affair with Chea-rsley in Division 4.

Adam Mayho hit 96 to rescue Mills from a bad start and take them to 226-9.

Chearsley reached 140-1 thanks to William Saurey-Cookson (77) and Neil Davies (67), before spinners Sam Haselgrove (5-76) and Steve Kelly (3-44) saw them crash to 211 all out.

Sandford St Martin 2nd made hay at home to Abingdon Vale 3rd in Division 7, but couldn’t force the victory despite clocking up a mammoth 278-3.

Mark Cook was the star with 124. In reply, Vale finished on 156-8.

Den Harvey took 5-17 for Witney Mills 2nd as Bledlow Village 3rd were shot out for 66 in Division 9.

Mills eased their way to success with 67-2.

In the same section, Shipton-under-Wychwood 4th were dismissed for 100 as they were crushed by 116 runs at Aston Rowant 4th.

Billy Morris took 5-6 as Shipton chased a total of 216-6.

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