CRICKET: Hunt's heroics are the key for Shipton

Jason Hunt smashed a quick-fire 85 as Shipton-under-Wychwood defeated Thame Town in Division 1

Jason Hunt smashed a quick-fire 85 as Shipton-under-Wychwood defeated Thame Town in Division 1

First published in Sport

Jason Hunt hammered a quick-fire 85 to set up Shipton-under-Wychwood’s impressive run chase at home to Thame Town in Cherwell League Division 1.

Hunt had already taken 3-77 in the visitors’ 230-8 before going on the rampage at the start of Shipton’s reply.

Ross Barrett chipped in with 38, and a four-wicket win was secured from the first ball of the final over.

The efforts of Sam Lachlan (3-53) and Mike Higgs (3-58) were therefore in vain. Thame’s innings had been built around Deon Laubscher’s 90, while left-arm spinner Shaun Miller pouched 4-86.

Shipton 25pts, Thame 11

Oxford Downs won for the second week running to climb into mid-table.

Victory at Leighton Buzzard Town looked unlikely when they were reduced to 94-7, but Mark Wingfield-Digby’s 32 took Downs to 155 all out and gave them something to defend.

Tom Light (4-45), Alan Priestley (3-39) and Jack Kempster (3-41) shared the wickets. Lester Smart then bagged 4-13 and Richard Beer 4-22, but Kempster’s 49 left Town needing 14 to win with three wickets in hand.

However, they managed only two more runs and were bowled out with eight balls of their innings remaining.

L Buzzard 7, Oxford Downs 25

Wes Bartlett, top scorer in Oxford Downs’ first team, turned out for the seconds on Saturday and smashed 126 not out in Division 3.

He shared a winning opening partnership with Paddy Daniel (46) as Downs dashed to 207-1 in reply to Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd’s 203-4 to take over at the top.

David Bugge (72no) and Ian Lewis (50) inspired the visitors.

Oxford Downs 2nd 25, Shipton 2nd 5

Mark Robey (50no), Charlie Beeson (43) and Jim Howe (32) were key to Sandford St Martin’s 213-5 at Bicester & North Oxford, for whom Daniel Clark claimed 3-64.

Sandford declared two overs early to give themselves 12 extra deliveries after tea, but Bicester earned a draw, thanks to the efforts of Mike Simpson (64) and Kevin Hicks (41).

Bicester & North Oxford 4, Sandford St Martin 17

Horley made 264-7 against Witney Mills, with Nick Tarrant (58), Jamie Abbotts (55) and Jon Hart (44no) shining in Division 4.

Steve Kelly took 3-89 conceding more than his team scored, as they were out for 87.

Darren de Bruyn bagged 7-14.

Horley 25, Witney Mills 3

Talented teenager Jordan Garrett hammered a magnificent 113 for Great & Little Tew 3rd against Cropredy 2nd in Division 7.

Garrett helped Tew reach 237-6, but were unable to force a win as Cropredy hung on at 157-9.

Gt Tew 3rd 4, Cropredy 2nd 20

The unluckiest batsman was Richard Hart, who was dismissed for 99 playing for Horley against Shipton-under-Wychwood 3rd in Division 8.

Hart helped Horley to 246-7 to set up a 49-run victory as Shipton were all out for 197.

Horley 2nd 25, Witney Mills 3rd 7

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