CRICKET: Eason and Phillips sparkle to take Horspath second

8:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

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.

Oxford Mail:

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.

AUNT SALLY: Holt haul not enough to halt leaders Yarnton

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 8th July 2015

ALAN Holt’s 15-dolls (4-5-6) were in vain for Black Prince A as they were pipped by Section 2 leaders Yarnton British Legion, writes ANDY BEAL.

CRICKET: Long arm of the Law Downs Sandford

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 8th July 2015

Thame Town stay top of Division 1 of the Cherwell League – but only after staving off apparently certain defeat at lowly Long Marston.

Stalwart Mickey Lewis set to leave Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Mickey Lewis and Alasdair Lane are no longer part of Oxford United’s coaching staff, the Oxford Mail understands.

TENNIS: Alexis Canter wins in Wimbledon's boys' doubles

Oxford Mail:

8:54pm Tuesday 7th July 2015

OXFORDSHIRE'S Alexis Canter teamed up with fellow Briton Finn Bass to advance to the second round of the boys' doubles at Wimbledon today.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City welcome new Spanish trio as squad takes shape

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 7th July 2015

OXFORD City’s Spanish contingent will return this week ahead of their pre-season campaign, which begins against Hungerford Town at Newbury Town on Saturday.

GOLF: Eddie Pepperell confident of making Open line-up

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Eddie Pepperell has revealed he withdrew from the French Open with a back problem – but it will not jeopardise his participation in The Open next week.

FOOTBALL: Cowley Workers squeeze home in Cup

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Premier Section side Cowley Workers had to come from behind to beat Section 3 hosts Littlemore British Legion 5-4 in the first round of the Greene King ODDA’S Men’s Summer Seven-a-side Cup.

CRICKET: Will Beer is the toast with all-round show as Oxfordshire take firm grip

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Will Beer played the key role as Oxfordshire took firm charge off their Unicorns Counties Championship match against Wales MC at Great & Little Tew.

FOOTBALL: Concannon relishing Didcot Town's FA Cup derby with Wantage Town

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

DIDCOT Town joint manager Ian Concannon feels his side’s FA Cup clash at local rivals Wantage Town is a mouth-watering one.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Battling Oxford fall to late storm against high-flying Keighley

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Oxford gave pacesetters Keighley Cougars a good test before three late tries gave the hosts a 44-14 win in Kingstone Press League One on Sunday.

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