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.

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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.

Michael Collins due back at Oxford United next week as York City look elsewhere

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 27th November 2015

MICHAEL Collins will return to Oxford United next week as his loan spell at York City comes to an end.

Michael Appleton driven to fulfil golden chance of success with Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

12:10pm Friday 27th November 2015

THERE have been plenty of highlights at Oxford United this season, but Michael Appleton says there is no time to enjoy them as he seeks to capitalise on an opportunity 12 years in the making.

LUKE COULSON COLUMN: We must start winning our home games

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 27th November 2015

Another home game, another disappointing result. Our loss on Saturday against Gosport Borough meant we dropped to third position in the table.

Oxford United assist author to go undercover and expose football's slave trade

Oxford Mail:

11:30am Friday 27th November 2015

A JOURNALIST who went undercover to expose football’s slave trade says his task would have been much more difficult without help from Oxford United.

Defender Jordan Evans and Scotland international Chris Maguire come on loan to Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 27th November 2015

Oxford United took measures to maintain their promotion form ahead of a busy December by making two loan signings from Sky Bet Championship clubs.

Patrick Hoban enjoying change of fortune in front of goal for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 27th November 2015

PATRICK Hoban says his sudden glut of goals is down to a change in fortune in front of goal rather than a change in approach.

Oxford United have the quality to 'frighten' Hartlepool United - Ronnie Moore

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 27th November 2015

RONNIE Moore says Oxford United’s players have the quality to “frighten the life” out of his Hartlepool United side tomorrow.

SPORTS AWARDS: Top talent gunning for glory in tonight's Oxfordshire Sports Awards presentation night

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 27th November 2015

THE county’s finest talent will be out in force tonight at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards.

FOOTBALL: Justin Merritt eager to create cup fever at Oxford City

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 27th November 2015

GENERAL manager Justin Merritt says he wants to create cup fever at Oxford City as they begin their FA Trophy campaign at home to Marlow tomorrow afternoon.

FOOTBALL: Didcot Town are determined to bounce back says Ian Concannon

Oxford Mail:

7:40am Friday 27th November 2015

DIDCOT Town aim to return to winning ways after a midweek defeat when they entertain Larkhall Athletic tomorrow.


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