CRICKET: Watts stars in derby win

First published in Division 4

Oxford Downs 2nd skipper Matty Watts enjoyed a good day with bat and ball as the Division 4 leaders clinched a three-wicket win over Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd.

First Watts took 4-73 as Shipton were bowled out for 229, Ross Barrett top-scoring with 64.

Then the all-rounder hit 41 and with Paddy Daniel (46) helped his side reach 231-7.

Shipton 2nd 11pts, Ox Dns 2nd 25

Banbury Twenty 2nd felt they were in with a good chance when they posted 223-6 at home to near neighbours Cropredy.

Brian Griffiths (55), Assif Hussain (49) and Sheraz Khan (44) had all batted well.

But Peter Cooling (54), then Geoff Barrett (72no) and Matt Dyer (67no) took the visitors to 225-1.

Banbury Twenty 5, Cropredy 25

Cumnor 2nd had a literally pointless visit to Aston Rowant 2nd as they suffered a ten-wicket defeat.

The only consolation was that it was all over quickly, as Tim Foster (6-22) and Tom Needham (3-17) bowled them out for 61.

Chris Eaton (41no) then fired Rowant to 62-0.

A Rowant 2nd 25, Cumnor 2nd 0

Great Brickhill bowlers Shannon Tubb (5-12) and Lee Morgan (4-32) starred as Stokenchurch were bundled out for 135.

Only Joe Brown (42) and Gary Murton (32) put up much resistance.

Arran Aris then hit an impressive unbeaten 82 as Brickhill cruised to 136-3 to keep the heat on Downs.

Great Brickhill 25, Stokenchurch 5

Paul Strong hit 122 and Dave Brooker 98 in Princes Risborough’s 260-2 at Kimble, who replied with 225-4, Ben Mooney smashing 117 not out.

Kimble 7, Princes Risborough 12

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