CRICKET: Banbury scrape home for one-wicket success

8:00am Thursday 5th June 2014

Banbury secured their place in the Royal London National Club Championship Group 13 final with a thrilling one-wicket success at home to Kibworth.

Skipper Jimmy Phillips hit the winning runs to book a trip to Cambridge Granta on June 22.

A disciplined bowling display saw Banbury restrict their visitors to 125-9 off 45 overs.

Ollie Wright, Luke Ryan, Phillips and Richard West all took two wickets.

However, things looked bleak when Banbury slumped to 53-7.

However, Ashley Blanchard and Wright shared a 71-run eighth-wicket partnership to leave their side two runs short.

A nervy finish saw Blanchard and Wright then both dismissed without adding to the score, but Phillips hit a four in the 42nd over to see his side home.

Oxford are out after a heavy defeat at home to Sunbury in their Group 12 semi-final.

Oliver Roland-Jones hit an unbeaten 104 as the visitors set 226-8 off their 45 overs.

And Oxford fell well short, being bowled out for 117 in the 30th over despite 43 from Shami Mendis.

CUMNOR cruised into the second round of the Bernard Tollett Oxfordshire Cup with a 78-run win over a depleted Abingdon Vale on Tuesday.

Result: Cumnor 176 (19.5 ovs, J Dale 65, A Morteza 37), Abingdon Vale 98-9 (J Butcher 32, M Mannering 4-9).

CRICKET: Rupert Evans backs Oxfordshire young-guns to shine

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 3rd September 2015

RUPERT Evans knows what it is takes to win the Minor Counties Championship as an Oxfordshire player, but admits beating Cumberland in this year’s final as coach would be just as special.

BOWLS: Oxfordshire finish sixth after final league defeat

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015

Oxfordshire ended sixth out of seven teams in the Home Counties League when they lost 132-100 to Bucks at Bletchley in their final game of the campaign.

ATHLETICS: Bolton and Fernandez go head-to-head for Motavation title

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015

Woodstock Harrier James Bolton leads Abingdon AC’s Paul Fernandez by just one point ahead of tonight's final round of the Motavation Series in Oxford.

Michael Appleton happy for Oxford United to sneak under the radar

Oxford Mail:

7:50am Thursday 3rd September 2015

MICHAEL Appleton is happy none of his players were nominated for a monthly award as he seeks to keep Oxford United under the radar.

RUGBY UNION: Dorey shines on England debut

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015

Elizabeth Dorey represented England for the first time at the European Junior Touch Championships at Nottingham – just missing out on glory.

SCHOOLS: Rising stars are flying the flag for Oxfordshire in Sainsbury's Games

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015

Some of the county’s brightest young sporting talents are looking for glory in Manchester as they compete in the Sainsbury’s School Games, which get under way today. More than 1,600 school-age athletes from around the country will descend on Manchester for the four-day multi-sport event – 15 of whom will be looking to bring a medalback to Oxfordshire. Six of those will be competing in hockey, with Jona Boender (Abingdon), Niall Devaney (Oxford), Finn Dunleavy (Woodstock), Louisa Heathcote (Banbury) and Storm Sunderland (Deddington) all representing England sides, while Witney’s James Palmer has been selected for Wales. Bloxham School pupil Heathcote, who is 17, will be representing England Girls White. She is relishing the chance to shine saying: “I’m so happy to have been selected. “My aim is to enjoy myself, but also play the best hockey I can throughout the tournament.” Four Oxfordshire youngsters will be competing in athletics, which takes place tomorrow at the 6,500-capacity Manchester Regional Arena. Luisa Chantler-Edmond (Headington), Emily Thompson (Banbury), Sam Way (Chipping Norton) and Ryan Craze (Didcot) have been selected to represent the Midlands. Bicester duo Kieran Bird and Thomas Thornley and Faringdon’s Emily Nesbit will all represent England East in swimming. Bicester Blue Fins swimmer Thornley, 15, said: “I feel very privileged to have been asked to compete in the Sainsbury’s School Games. “It will be a great opportunity for me to develop as a swimmer and as an athlete overall. “I can’t wait to get there!” Oxford’s Saskia Freitas-Shoeffel will feature for England cadet women in volleyball. And Benj Scheider, from Abingdon, completes the strong contingent from Oxfordshire with his selection for the England fencing team.

Michael Appleton retains faith in James Roberts but admits striker could go out on loan

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

JAMES Roberts has been earmarked for a loan move away from Oxford United, but head coach Michael Appleton was quick to make it clear the striker has a bright future at the club.

BAR BILLIARDS: Vikings top table after 6-0 romp

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6:08pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Bob Allsworth took two wins as Vikings whitewashed West Oxford Democrats Club.

CRICKET: Jack Brooks back with a bang for Yorkshire

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

JACK Brooks led Yorkshire’s charge towards retaining the LV=County Championship title by grabbing 5-35 as Somerset were skittled for 110 on the first day of their Division 1 match at Headingley.

CRICKET: Baker's big century sets up Sunningwell's title party

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Sunningwell wrapped up the OCA League Division 5 title in style after another outstanding batting performance put paid to visitors Garsington.

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