Robbie Eason and Jimmy Phillips hit half-centuries as Horspath beat Chesham by seven wickets to regain the winning thread and go second in Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 2.
Chasing Chesham’s 218-9 after the visitors had won the toss and decided to bat, Horspath eased home with plenty of time to spare.
Eason led the way with 64 before being run out by a direct hit from fine leg to the bowler’s end as he went for a second.
His runs came off 107 balls, with nine fours and two straight sixes.
Left-hander Phillips then maintained the momentum.
After a steady start, he blossomed with some classy boundaries, making 62 from 90 balls with nine fours and a six, before he was caught at point off Matt Rance.
It was then left to Shahbaz Ali to steer Horspath home with an unbeaten 37, which included seven fours, before Andy Wynd hit the winning boundary.
Horspath skipper Will Eason flicks the ball on to the stumps, but the Chesham batsman stands his ground and umpire Don Brooks gives not out
Earlier, Horspath, whose run chase was aided by 26 byes, had produced a good display in the field to hold Chesham in check.
Fiery Pat Foster spearheaded the home attack with 3-60, while skipper Will Eason took the important wicket of University of New South Wales all-rounder James Day, courtesy of a smart offside stumping by Andy Wynd.
Stand-in skipper Barnaby Atkins made a patient 54 at the top of the order off 121 balls with six fours, while Matt Rance hit a fluent 51 from 60 balls with eight fours.
But Jamil Faruq and Lloyd Belcher picked up two wickets apiece, and South African Dean Conradie showed the benefit of some intensive work in the nets with former Oxfordshire off-spinner Paul Jeacock to produce his best spell for several weeks, taking 1-13 off five overs.
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.
Interactive match preview: Appleton and Hylton on goals; Moore likens United to Real Madrid; Howard's future; Ashby; club stalwart departs + video
9:34am Friday 19th December 2014
Get ready for kick-off with our interactive preview of Oxford United's trip to Hartlepool
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.