CRICKET: Smith's haul puts Sandford on top

Oxford Downs wicket-keeper Frankie Crouch collects the ball after Twyford’s Dave Powles misses with a leg glance in their Division 1 home clash with Twyford which was brought to an end by heavy rain

Oxford Downs wicket-keeper Frankie Crouch collects the ball after Twyford’s Dave Powles misses with a leg glance in their Division 1 home clash with Twyford which was brought to an end by heavy rain

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Danny Smith took 6-35 to send Sandford St Martin soaring back to the top of Cherwell League Division 3 with a nine-wicket home win against Bletchley Town on Saturday.

Only two Town batsmen made double figures as they were despatched for only 66.

To make matters worse, they were docked five points for failing to provide a scorer – so ended the day four points worse off.

Sandford lost Tom Goffe to the first ball of their innings, then Tim Lowe was forced to retire hurt, but they still made it to 70-1 in only 12.1 overs.

Sandford St Martin 25pts, Bletchley Town -4

Morning leaders Great & Little Tew 2nd would have fancied their chances at Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd, and had their hosts in trouble on 76-4 after 28 overs.

All four bowlers had taken a wicket.

But heavy rain then arrived to scupper their hopes as the match had to be abandoned.

Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd 6, Great & Little Tew 2nd 6

Oxford Downs 2nd found seamers Ross Freeman (5-33) and Michael Thomas (5-38) too hot to handle as they were dismissed for 152 by Banbury 3rd.

Opener Nick Rivett hit 52, but his dismissal sparked a collapse from 81-2 to 99-8 before a late flurry gave the visitors something to bowl at.

Banbury were wobbling at 59-4 before Adman Ahmed (64no) and Thomas Bunting (33no) saw them home.

Banbury 3rd 25, Oxford Downs 2nd 6

Oxford Downs had visitors Twyford on 127-8 after 42 overs when their Division 1 match was cut short.

Phil King had taken 3-25.

Oxford Downs 6, Twyford 6 Division 4 high-fliers Witney Mills held on for draw at leaders Horley, despite a super display from the hosts’ all-rounder Darren de Bruyn.

Put in to bat by Witney, the home side hammered 244-7 from only 44 overs. De Bruyn hit 50 before Dave Clark clattered an unbeaten 70.

Mills had 38 overs in reply and clung on for a draw at 161-9 despite de Bruyn’s 5-53.

Horley 20pts, Witney Mills 6 Ali Wolfe (5-25) and Robert Seymour (3-34) did the damage as Shipton-under-Wychwood 3rd saw off hosts Blewbury & Wallingford 2nd by 135 runs in Division 8.

Liam Hare (64) and Josh Knibbs (42) were the mainstays of Shipton’s 209, with John Brannan taking 4-37 and Colin Allen 4-42 before Wolfe and Seymour starred in Blewbury’s 74.

Blewbury 5, Shipton 3rd 25

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