Conor Taylor smashed a sensational 163 as Shrivenham enjoyed a 102-run victory over Hook Norton in OCA Division 1, writes DAVID QUINN.
Taylor’s huge century enabled the hosts to reach 278-6.
A decent response by the visitors finally ended at 176, Alex Plant contributing 61, with Tom Swann claiming 5-29.
- Shrivenham 30pts, Hook Norton 7
Cowley Internationals consolidated their lead courtesy of a six-wicket win over local rivals, Garsington.
Chasing a target of 116, Mursaleen Sadiqi guided his side home with an unbeaten 35.
Earlier, Zahid Aslam (3-13) did most of the damage as only Craig Wharton (38) shone for Garsington.
- Garsington 4, Cowley 30
Minster Lovell remain secondafter despatching Charlbury by 60 runs.
Despite 4-17 from Bimalka Liyanara-chichi, Minster managed to reach 144-9, Elliot Graham top-scoring with 40 not out.
Graham then completed a fine all-round display by taking 3-14, and with Jack Simpson (3-8), providing significant support, Charlbury were skittled for 84.
- Minster Lovell 27, Charlbury 5
Jack Bullivant shows some solid defence for Swinbrook against Marcham in their Division 4 clash
Stephen Hunt hit an unbeaten half-century as Chadlington defeated Oxenford by 49 runs.
Hunt was 52 not out as his side closed on 211-7, with Mu-hammed Abdullah Khan’s 56 proving in vain for the visitors, who were all out for 162.
- Chadlington 30, Oxenford 6
Westbury opener Tom Gurney made 51 as his side set 181-9 after being put in by Great Horwood.
Graham Judd (4-5) and Richard Tredwell (3-11) then starred with the ball as Westbury dismissed the hosts for 89 to record a 92-run victory.
- Great Horwood 5, Westbury 29
In Division 2, Radley extended their lead with a comprehensive 148-run success over Combe.
Shoaib Ahmed (79) and Manley Du Preez (59) laid the platform for Radley’s 214-6, before 5-31 from Ali Malik and 3-19 from Rustum Rabani bowled Combe out for 66.
- Combe 3, Radley 30
Ben Tew blasted 113 as Chipping Norton eased to a 157-run triumph at Watlington.
Ably supported by James McGeown (82), the visitors set 233-5, which proved far too many as the hosts were bundled out for 76, Rhys Warner-Carter grabbing 4-17.
- Watlington 3, Chipping Norton 30
Invited to bat first, hosts Clifton Hampden posted a decent total of 166-7 against Tetsworth, with Alistar Slay unbeaten on 68.
Some powerful hitting from Khalil Shahmand (77no) kept the visitors in the game, but a deadly spell of 4-17 from Laurence Harvey saw Clifton Hampden to a 31-run success.
- Clifton Hampden 27, Tetsworth 5
Jason Tilcock was another centurion, his 107 helping Broughton & North Newington post 215-4 at Faringdon.
The home side were then dismissed for 148, Neil Mepham doing the damage with 4-26.
- Faringdon 5, Broughton & North Newington 30
Swinbrook’s Mike Metcalfe attempts a sweep, but fails to make contact as Marcham wicket-keeper Andy Horseman hopes for a stumping chance
Cairns Fudge maintained their bid for promotion in Division 3 with a four-wicket win at Eynsham.
Chetan Patel, James Clark and Martin Hanscombe took three wickets apiece to limit their opponents to 137.
With 41 not out from Andy Small, Fudge concluded a successful run chase in the 34th over.
- Eynsham 5, Cairns Fudge 29
In a thriller at Fringford, Wolvercote reached 157-9 thanks principally to Simon Burns’s unbeaten 44.
However, Jonny Reid’s 102 for the hosts proved the difference as his team scraped home by two wickets.
- Fringford 28, Wolvercote 7
Carl Needham took 4-22 as Marsh Gibbon shot out Wantage for 82, before the hosts knocked off the required target for the loss of five wickets.
- Marsh Gibbon 28, Wantage 3
Chesterton prevailed by the same victory margin over hosts Westcott.
After dismissing their opponents for 92, with Lee Price (4-43) and Steve Lewis (3-25) doing the damage. Chesterton got home with no real worries.
- Westcott 3, Chesterton 28
Kidlington racked up the highest score of the day, amassing 320-3 in their 171-run victory over Charlbury 2nd in Division 4.
Andy Oliver smashed an impressive 141, Edd Wilmot hitting an unbeaten 57 and Jack Desmond contributing 45 as they set a huge total.
It was always going to be too much for the hosts, who were restricted to 149-6 in their 45 overs.
Wootton and Boars Hill stay top following a six-wicket win over Hailey.
Despite 45 from Sean King, visitors Hailey could only muster 101, Tom Crowe taking 5-10.
Skipper Damien Wiskin then fired 34 to steer his side to victory.
Richard Parker returned superb figures of 5-11 as Swinbrook proved too strong for Marcham.
Tim Martin’s 61 helped the visitors reach 148-9, before Parker took centrge stage as Marcham were shot out for 70, despite Tristan Barrett’s 44.
Swinbrook’s Tim Martin thumps another four in his 61 in the Division 4 clash against Marcham
Oliver Pascoe had a good day for Division 5 outfit Stanton Harcourt.
First, he scored 38 of his team’s impressive 282-7, at home to Dorchester.
Then, he grabbed 5-45 as the visitors were dismissed for a plucky 181.
On a sodden wicket, Risinghurst struggled to 115-8 as they entertained Garsington 2nd.
John Thompson (4-21) then disrupted their opponents’ reply which stuttered to 74 all out.
Westbury 2nd were shot out for 93 in their Division 6 game at home to Oxenford 2nd, David Gwynn taking 4-12.
However, it was anything but plain sailing for the hosts, who limped to a two-wicket win.
By contrast it was one-way traffic at Hanney where the Hilliams – James and Douglas – claimed 6-12 and 4-10 respectively, as Minster Lovell 2nd were humbled for 24.
This came in response to Hanney’s 111, in which Douglas Hilliam top-scored with 41.
A cracking Division 7 match at Broughton & North Newington 2nd saw Ducklington skittled for 90, with Sami Chaudhary bagging 5-18.
But led by Bradley Bryant’s 4-37, the visitors then dismissed the home side for 85.
In a decent game at Oxford Brookes University in Division 8, Cowley Internationals 2nd posted 175-7, Aizaz Khan top-scoring with 64 not out.
A spirited response from Chadlington 2nd fell just short, however, as they were bowled out for 139.
In Division 9, Britwell Salome 2nd’s Nigel Joyner cracked an unbeaten 127 in his side’s 204-7.
Opponents Chesterton 2nd were then restricted to 138.
At Kennington in Division 10, skipper Mark Trafford led by example with 30 not out in the home side’s 175-7 against Stanton Harcourt 2nd.
His club chairman, Norm Robins, then weighed in with 4-28 to limit the response to 142.
2:00pm Friday 19th December 2014
BRIAN Howard’s situation at Oxford United is unclear after head coach Michael Appleton admitted he did not know whether the midfielder would be offered an extension to his short-term contract.
12:33pm Friday 19th December 2014
PIRI Weepu returns to the London Welsh starting line-up for tomorrow's Aviva Premiership fixture with Saracens at Allianz Park (KO 3pm).
12:00pm Friday 19th December 2014
JOSH Ashby is good enough to play in Oxford United’s side right now, but the teenager knows his time will come, according to head coach Michael Appleton.
9:40am Friday 19th December 2014
RONNIE Moore is braced for a tough first game in charge of Hartlepool United after comparing opponents Oxford United to Real Madrid.
9:30am Friday 19th December 2014
John Campbell admits it would be difficult to keep his kit on if he was able to make an impact on debut for Oxford United tomorrow.
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9:34am Friday 19th December 2014
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9:10am Friday 19th December 2014
THERE were times earlier this season when it felt like Danny Hylton was scoring in every game, but Oxford United’s top scorer is not getting weighed down by a sudden barren run in front of goal.
9:00am Friday 19th December 2014
FINDING a predator to turn dominance into goals has been an Achilles’ heel for Oxford United this season, but Michael Appleton is hopeful two candidates will emerge over the festive period.
8:00am Friday 19th December 2014
ABOUT 150 supporters have taken advantage of Oxford United’s offer of free transport to tomorrow’s game at Hartlepool United.
7:30am Friday 19th December 2014
North Leigh boss Mark Gee admitted he is ‘wary’ of struggling Wantage Town as his side travel to Alfredian Park in Division 1 South & West of the Evo-Stik Southern League tomorrow, writes Matthew Bruce.