CRICKET: Graham wins it for Minster

Witney Gazette: Elliot Graham helped Minster Lovell beat Charlbury Elliot Graham helped Minster Lovell beat Charlbury

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A FINE all-round display from Elliot Graham helped Minster Lovell remain second in Division 1 with a 60-run success at home to Charlbury, writes David Quinn.

Despite 4-17 from Bimalka Liyanarachichi, Minster managed to reach 144-9, Elliot Graham top-scoring with 40 not out.

Graham then completed a stellar performance for Minster by taking 3-14, and with Jack Simpson (3-8), providing significant support, Charlbury were skittled for 84.

Minster Lovell 27pts, Charlbury 5

In Division 2, Ben Tew blasted an impressive 113 as Chipping Norton eased to a 157-run triumph at Watlin-gton.

Ably supported by James McGeown (82), the visitors set 233-5, which proved far too many as hosts Watlington were bundled out for 76.

Rhys Warner-Carter led the way with 4-17.

Watlington 3, Chipping Norton 30

Combe crashed by 148 runs at home to leaders Radley.

Shoaib Ahmed (79) and Manley Du Preez (59) laid the platform for Radley’s imposing 214-6.

But 5-31, from Ali Malik, and 3-19, from Rustum Rabani, saw Combe bowled out for 66.

Combe 3, Radley 30

Eynsham lost at home to to Division 3 promotion chasers Cairns Fudge by four wickets.

Fudge’s Chetan Patel, James Clark and Martin Hanscombe took three wickets apiece to limit Eynsham to 137.

With 41 not out from Andy Small, Fudge concluded a successful run chase in the 34th over.

Eynsham 5, Cairns Fudge 29

Minster Lovell 2nd were skittled for just 24 away to Hanney in Division 6.

The damage was done by the Hilliams – James and Douglas – who claimed 6-12 and 4-10 respectively.

This came in response to Hanney’s 111, in which Douglas Hilliam top-scored with 41.

Hanney 27, Minster Lovell 2nd 5

There was an exciting finish in the Division 7 match at at Broughton & North Newington 2nd, where lowly Ducklington scraped home by five runs.

Ducklington were skittled for 90, with Sami Chaudhary bagging 5-18.

But led by Bradley Bryant’s 4-37, the visitors then dismissed the home side for 85.

Broughton 2nd 6, Ducklington 26

In Division 8, Chadling-ton 2nd lost by 36 runs away to Cowley Internationals 2nd, who posted 175-7, Aizaz Khan top-scoring with 64 not out.

A spirited response from Chadlington fell just short, as they were bowled out for 139.

Cowley Internationals 2nd 29, Chadlington 2nd 5

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