CRICKET: Tiddington stay bottom as Thame call the shots

Paul White appeals successfully in Abingdon Vale's defeat at Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts

Paul White appeals successfully in Abingdon Vale's defeat at Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts

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Thame Town were the only Oxfordshire side to win in the top flight as they cruised past local rivals Tiddington, who stay rooted to the bottom of the table.

Tiddington’s poor start to the season continued as Cian Davies (4-21) helped reduce them to 135 all out.

James Neilson (57) then held together Thame’s reply, and despite losing wickets at regular intervals, they soon reached 136-5.

 Thame Town 25pts, Tiddington 7

Oxford Downs threw away a winning position in losing by 11 runs at home to Buckingham Town.

The visitors’ flying start saw them blast 22-0 from two overs, but that soon became 29-4 and then 61-6 in the 26th.

Amin Rafiq finished with 3-35 and Tom Costley with 3-42, but Ben Stafford’s patient 35 was to prove invaluable as Town closed on 139-9.

Downs looked like sailing to victory when Wasim Mehmood (36) helped bring up the 50 for the loss of only one wicket, before they slumped to 80-6.

Skipper Will Watts’s 33 was in vain as Jack Parish (4-27) wrapped up the tail.

Oxford Downs 5, Buckingham Town 25

Twyford reached 216-8 from their 53 overs at Cumnor, which always looked like being too many.

Kumber Hussain hit an unbeaten 56 while Tanvir Hussain and Saad Khari made 32 apiece. Sam Jones (3-29) was the pick of the home attack.

Cumnor had hope while Ali Morteza was at the crease, but he was left stranded on 67 not out as Bilal Afzal (4-42), Zawar Hussain (3-42) and Mark Stanway (3-43) worked their way through the rest to bowl out the hosts for 177.

 Cumnor 6, Twyford 25

Banbury 2nd somehow clung on for a draw at Great Brickhill as final pair Steve Hart and Neil Megson batted out the final five overs to avert defeat.

George Morris had made 31, while Hart took 3-24 in Brickhill’s modest 148-9.

An outstanding performance from George Humphries – who took 6-25 from 15 overs with eight maidens – looked like winning it for the home side, as all of Banbury’s batsmen were outscored by the 30 wides delivered by Brickhill.

But Hart and Megson saw them to 126-9 and safety.

Great brickhill 16, Banbury 2nd 6

No play was possible in the match between Wolverton Town and Oxford 2nd.

Wolverton Town 6, Oxford 2nd

Division 2

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts were bowled out for just 92, but still went on to prevail by four runs in a tense finish to their Division 2 match with Abingdon Vale.

Visitors Vale could manage only 88 in reply and so find themselves at the foot of the table after the first month.

Asked to bat first in damp conditions, Nondies were in trouble from the start.

Joe Butcher’s fine opening burst removed the top three in no time, and it was left to Jon Guthrie (40) to try to salvage the innings.

However, Vale’s mercurial left-arm spinner Paul White was in no mood to relinquish control, removing Guthrie before ripping through the tail to leave Nondies deep in trouble.

The visitors’ innings also got off to a spluttering start, with opener Amith Premkumar (32) watching a procession of wickets from the non-striker’s end.

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  • Paul White looks on as Mark Strong smashes him for a four during Saturday's game

Once he was removed by the miserly Mark Strong, who finished with 3-17 from 14 overs, Vale’s hopes faded.

Arfan Ahmed returned to deliver the final, fatal blows – White the last man out after missing a straight one.

The win takes Nondies clear at the top, while Vale will hardly believe that they failed to chase such a low total.

Oxford & Bletch Nondies 25pts, Abingdon Vale 5

Challow & Childrey recovered from the depths of 83-6 chasing Horspath 2nd’s 149 all out to pull off an unlikely win.

Chris Warboys was the hero for the visitors, hitting an unbeaten 32 while marshalling the tail in the closing stages.

Horspath’s innings featured 53 from Luke Finch and some fine bowling by Ryan Gordon (4-27).

Despite their modest total, the home side was soon in command as left-arm seamer Andy Cummings (4-29) helped reduce Challow to 41-5 in the 14th over – only for Warboys to turn the match on its head.

Horspath 2nd 10, Challow & Childrey 25

Daniel Matthews (3-20), Leigh Lewis (3-35) and Paul Humphreys (3-40) shared the wickets as Aston Rowant 2nd restricted Cropredy to 154-9, paving the way for an eight-wicket victory.

The visitors had chosen to bat first, but only Harry Walters with 36 and Anthony Vickers (33) looked like making a big score.

By contrast, Rowant rattled along at almost five runs an over, with Matthews (72no) and George Reid (54no) taking their side to 157-2 with 14.3 overs to spare.

 Aston Rowant 2nd 25, Cropredy 4

Phil Whatmore cracked 107 for Leighton Buzzard Town, and all but beat Bledlow Village on his own in the process.

He was supported by Dan Scott (47) as Town amassed 217-7, despite the best efforts of Ben Moore, who finished with 4-76.

With the exception of Adam Mould (30), all the Bledlow batsmen struggled against Jack Kempster (4-15) and Lee Selfe (4-44) as they crumbled to 115 all out.

Bledlow Village 4, Leighton Buzzard Town 25

Cublington were blown away for only 86 at Long Marston, with Pete Toovey (4-25) and Hamish Sim (3-18) doing most of the damage for the hosts.

Matthew Shepherd then hit 46 not out to wrap up a nine-wicket win.

Long Marston 25, Cublington 1

Division 3

Veteran Steve Roberts (4-14) and under 15 Tom Dingwall (3-43) proved to the perfect blend as Oxford Downs 2nd dismissed Sandford St Martin for 138.

Mark Robey (55) was the mainstay of Sandford’s innings in the only match to survive the weather.

Downs did not have the best of starts, but Ian Caunce (43no) and Will Hook (32no) got the reply back on track as they steered the visitors to 139-4.

 Sandford St Martin 6pts, Oxford Downs 2nd 25

The fixtures between Banbury 3rd and Dinton 2nd, Bletchley Town v Bicester & North Oxford, Buckingham Town v Great & Little Tew 2nd and Didcot v Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd did not start.

The teams take six points each.

Division 4

Blewbury & Wallingford kept up their storming start to the season, thrashing hapless Bledlow Ridge by 110 runs.

Put in to bat, the leaders posted 201-8 thanks to Wallingford stalwarts Colin Allen (63) and Rob Sessions (49).

Connor Taylor (3-21) and Ishan Choudry (3-32) were the most successful bowlers.

Ridge never looked like winners after tea as Quentin Sanders (3-18) and Warren Ainsworth (3-22) reduced the visitors to 91 all out.

 Blewbury & Wallingford 25pts, Bledlow Ridge 3

Horley dominated their match with Chearsley from start to finish, but could not force the win.

Dave Clark hit a classy 105 not out and Nick Tarrant made 85 as the home side amassed 288-5 after being invited to bat.

Darren de Bruyn then captured 4-37, but Chearsley crawled to 118-8 to cling on for a draw.

 Horley 19, Chearsley 3

Kingston Bagpuize were rolled over for only 41 by Great Brickhill 2nd as Lee Morgan ran riot.

The visitors’ seamer finished with the remarkable figures of 7-4 as Bagpuize’s innings was wrapped up in 25.2 overs.

Brickhill needed only 15.3 overs in reaching 42-2.

Kingston Bagpuize 2, Great Brickhill 2nd 25

Sam Haslegrove helped himself to 4-25 and Olly Burnley took 4-27 as Witney Mills reduced Kimble to 96 all out.

Mills made light work of reaching 100-4.

Kimble 4, Witney Mills 25

Muhammad Naeem Khan top-scored with 81 and then took 3-23 as East Oxford hammered Leighton Buzzard Town 2nd.

Town’s decision to field backfired when they found themselves chasing 250-8 and they could only manage a paltry 122 in reply.

 L Buzzard 2nd 4, East Oxford 25

Division 5

Abingdon Vale 2nd pick-ed up their first win thanks to a blistering 76 from veteran opener Tom Pollard against Didcot 2nd.

He joined forces with the reliable Jordan Ford (54no) as Vale raced to 149-2 in reply to Didcot’s 145 all out.

Swing bowler Luke Mitchell (4-43) and medium pacer Matt Butcher (3-19) did much of the damage before the interval, with only Viraj Perera (59) posting a score of note.

Abingdon Vale 2nd 25pts, Didcot 2nd 4

Tiddington 2nd and Brackley proved that draws can be exciting as their match ended in a thrilling finale.

Put in to bat, Brackley managed 163-7 thanks to Robert Cartwright (38), Josh Rowland (37) and Matt Lowe (35).

Jeff Higgs then hit 39 and Ben Smith smashed 34, but Josh Rowland’s 3-36 kept the visitors in the hunt before Tiddington closed on 161-8.

Tiddington 2nd 9, Brackley 14

Oxford 3rd maintained their winning start with victory at home to Bledlow Village 2nd.

Only Robert Scott (37) got going as the visitors were rolled over for 110. Mark Murfett shone with 4-32.

Oxford cruised to 111-3, thanks in the main to Nabeel Khan’s 54 not out.

Oxford 3rd 25, Bledlow Village 2nd 4

Adam Jones took 6-27 for Cumnor 2nd to set up what looked like being a straightforward run chase at Stokenchurch.

Put in to bat, the hosts were undone for only 106.

But the home side then fought back through Stefan Read (6-32), who sent Cumnor reeling to 57 all out.

Stokenchurch 25, Cumnor 2nd 5

Sam Roberts (4-38) and Tom Jackson (3-31) combined well for leaders Twyford 2nd, who dismissed Thame Town 2nd for 134.

Ian McStay (4-13) gave the visitors hope, but Sam Lyon (32no) eventually steered Twyford to 138-7.

Twyford 2nd 25, Thame Town 2nd 9

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