CRICKET: Nondies made to work hard

Challow’s Ben Jones appeals against Sandford’s Brendon Ham in their Division 2 clash, but he soon had him out

Challow’s Ben Jones appeals against Sandford’s Brendon Ham in their Division 2 clash, but he soon had him out

First published in Division 2

Off-spinner Mark Strong took 5-35 as Division 2 leaders Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts made hard work of beating Long Marston.

All was going to plan for the hosts as Marston were bowled out for 146, of which Mike Lyons contributed 56 and Simon Robinson 34.

Patient knocks by Andrew Buckingham (52) and Tim Rattigan (40) took Nondies to 138-3, before a collapse inspired by Lee Beesley (4-49) reduced them to 141-7.

But they scrambled the winning runs without further loss.

Nondies 25pts, Long Marston 9

Paceman Anthony Smith took 6-39 as Great & Little Tew condemned bottom club Hanborough to their fifth straight defeat.

The Australian received valuable support from Piers Myatt (3-20) as the visitors collapsed to 74 all out after electing to bat first on a flat Tew track.

Despite defending such a low total, Hanborough's bowlers then donated 24 extras to the home side's score, which ended on 75-4.

Gt & L Tew 25, Hanborough 4

Hanborough's fellow strugglers Abingdon Vale fared little better as they were skittled for 90 by Bourton Vale at Hales Meadow.

Ryan Newhook was Abingdon's destroyer, taking 7-39 in a near unplayable 14-over spell.

Nick Rivett top-scored for the hosts with 33, while Charlie Garratt (39no) hit the highest score of the match in Bourton’s 91-1.

Abingdon Vale 1, Bourton V 25

A hostile opening burst by Challow & Childrey's Australian Ben Jones set them on the way to a nine-wicket win at Sandford St Martin.

Jones took 5-20 in a 12-over spell that helped reduce Sandford to 33-6. Will Bartholomew (50) led a fightback that included a 53-run tenth-wicket partnership with Simon Smith (23).

Replying to Sandford's 135 all out, Jones was out off the third ball of the innings, but Jimmy Phillips (66no) and Ian Demain (52no) then saw Challow to victory.

Sandford St Martin 3, Challow 25

An unbeaten 107 by Ed Phillips and 74 from Joe White meant Banbury 2nd were able to declare one over early on 261-7 at Tiddington.

The pair added 135 for the third wicket after the visitors had been invited to bat first.

The hosts stumbled to 71-4 in reply before a 106-run partnership in 17 overs between Riaan Krynauw (86no) and Jon Talbot (62) steered them towards safety and a final score of 219-7.

Tiddington 10, Banbury 2nd 15

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