WITH England facing Australia in the Cricket World Cup semi-final tomorrow, an Oxfordshire village hosted its own version of the sport's oldest rivalry.

Swinbrook Cricket Club, near Witney, welcomed its first overseas team on Sunday as Australian side Crusaders visited their picturesque ground.

The team from Down Under are on a month-long tour of cricket clubs around the UK and played teams at Swinbrook and Blenheim Palace on a typical English summer day.

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Crusaders are focused on helping young players progress towards the top of the game, so it was no surprise that they won by 112 runs.

But Swinbrook did not disgrace themselves, restricting the Australians to 226-6 in their 40 overs before scoring 114 themselves.

Both Crusaders sides were given a tour of Blenheim in the morning, before enjoying a cricket tea midway through the match and a post-match barbecue.

The match netted £1,600 for Swinbrook, while the Australians are keen to return for a rematch during their next tour in 2021.