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).

Oxford United are ready for a scrap, says ex-Bury player Scarz

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 6th March 2015

Joe Skarz says Oxford United are under no illusions about the scale of the task which still lies ahead if they are to get out of the relegation battle in Sky Bet League Two.

Michael Appleton upbeat Oxford United's strikers will deliver

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 6th March 2015

OXFORD United’s attacking resources are the deepest they have been all season, but taking chances remains head coach Michael Appleton’s biggest headache.

Oxford United's Max Crocombe gets first senior international call-up

Oxford Mail: Oxford United keeper Max Crocombe is playing for New Zealand in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey

9:00am Friday 6th March 2015

OXFORD United goalkeeper Max Crocombe has received his first call-up to the senior New Zealand squad.

Joe Riley relishing reunion with Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Friday 6th March 2015

JOE Riley admits Oxford United’s trip at Gigg Lane was one of the first fixtures he looked for after joining Bury in January.

Oxford United's Michael Collins has no qualms pitching in on tricky surfaces

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 6th March 2015

DETERIORATING pitches hold no fear for Michael Collins, who is enjoying scrapping in testing circumstances.

Josh Ruffels happy with role under the radar at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 6th March 2015

JOSH Ruffels is happy to play an unspectacular role for Oxford United if it helps the side get positive results.

RUGBY UNION: Haile returns as Chinnor look to boost top-five prospects

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 6th March 2015

Matt Williams believes the next three weeks will be crucial in Chinnor’s bid to become the most successful side in the club’s history.

TENNIS: Oxon girls avoid the drop from County Cup

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 6th March 2015

Oxfordshire's under 18 girls have avoided relegation from Division 5 of the AEGON County Cup.

Oxford United boss envious of Bury's stable ship

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 6th March 2015

MICHAEL Appleton admits he is “almost jealous” of the stability tomorrow’s opponents Bury have enjoyed this season.

POINT-TO-POINT: Hill looks for Ravethebrave to start on a high

8:00am Friday 6th March 2015

Aston Rowant trainer Alan Hill is expecting a big run from Ravethebrave at Kingston Blount’s opening meeting of the season tomorrow (1pm).

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