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CRICKET: Blackford cleans up with 8-8
7:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014 in Sport
JIM Blackford’s career-best figures of 8-8 helped Kidlington 3rd to an unlikely 57-run victory at Westcott 2nd in Division 10.
Chasing Kidlington’s 138-9, Westcott were ticking along at 56-1 before Blackford intervened.
“I am 60-years-old and it’s the best I have ever done,” he said. “It took that long to hone my art!
“My final three overs were a single-wicket maiden, a double-wicket maiden and then a hat-trick maiden.
“I like to describe my bowling as slow wobblers.
“I don’t like to hog it as I like to give the young lads a go.
“I am trying to coach them as well. They were quite impressed, so hopefully they will listen to me from now on!”
Michael Webb hit 46 in Kidlington’s 139-8 before Blackford ensured Westcott crumbled to 82 all out.
Matty Turner (4-32) helped East & West Hendred 2nd restrict Chipping Norton 2nd to 101 in Division 7.
This total proved just enough however, as Andrew Tomlinson (5-17) enabled his Chippy outfit to dismiss their opponents for 93.
Wolvercote 2nd’s Sahil Agarwal was the day’s top-scorer with 94 not out in his side’s 179-9 at home to fellow Division 8 outfit Combe 2nd.
Neil Sadler then took 3-8 as Combe were shot out for 40.
On Sunday, Richard Cook’s 6-19 for Radley 2nd helped dismiss visitors West Ilsley 2nd for 114.
Simon Huxtable (58no) steered the hosts to 117-3.
Roland Margerson excelled for Eynsham 2nd in Division 9, scoring 50 in his side’s 93 and then bagging 5-19.
But his efforts were in vain as Wootton & Boars Hill 2nd reached 95-6, Mark Taylor starring with 51.
Wootton also won on Sunday, this time against Sunningwell 2nd.
Responding to 70 all out, Mark Taylor crashed 63 not out to set up a comfortable nine-wicket success at 71-1.