CRICKET: Graham haul is all in vain for Minster

Witney Gazette: Elliot Graham, who captured 5-36, appeals for the wicket of Alex Kill (right) during their 22-run home defeat by Shrivenham in the first round of the Airey Cup Elliot Graham, who captured 5-36, appeals for the wicket of Alex Kill (right) during their 22-run home defeat by Shrivenham in the first round of the Airey Cup

Minster Lovell bowed out of the OCA League's Airey Cup after a 22-run home defeat by defending champions Shrivenham in the first round.

In a re-run of last year’s final, Shrivenham were shot out by the hosts for just 119, with Elliot Graham grabbing 5-36.

However, Shrivenham then dismissed their opponents for 97, Conor Taylor the principal destroyer with 4-18.

Charlbury crashed to 46 all out at home to East & West Hendred, for whom Martin Turnbull took 5-12.

This in reply to Hendred’s 211-8, giving the visitors victory by 165 runs.

Division 2 pacesetters Stonesfield successfully negotiated their way past Hook Norton from the league above.

Sam Hibbard prised out five Hooky batters as they stuttered to 126.

Then, 40 from Andy Crawford and 36 from Jamie Burns earned their Stones-field side a crack at Garsi-ngton who beat Combe by 21 runs.

Garsington finished on 87-9 in a rain-reduced contest, Ywai Williams taking 5-27, as Combe were shot out for 66.

There was a thriller in the first-round of the Steve Dixon Memorial where home side West Witney struggled to 104 all out.

Opener Omar Tariq carried his bat for 51, while Westbury 2nd’s Harry Rymer took 5-14.

Despite 50 from Michael Markham, Westbury stuttered in response, but eventually prevailed by one wicket, Rymer hitting the winning runs.

Darren Gordon again star-red for Kilkenny.

Having clobbering 69 of his side’s 145 against Sunnin-gwell, he then grabbed 4-18 as Kilkenny took the honours by 29 runs.

Bampton’s Simon Launder took 4-28 as Witney Swifts 2nd plodded their way to 84-8 from 45 overs in the second round of the Osberton Radiators Cup.

Richard Pitt rattled off an unbeaten 50 for an comfortable seven-wicket victory.

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