Oxford MailCRICKET: Blanchard stars as Banbury return to top (From Oxford Mail)

Get involved: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting OXFORD NEWS to 80360 or email us

CRICKET: Blanchard stars as Banbury return to top

Oxford Mail: Ashley Blanchard Ashley Blanchard

ASHLEY Blanchard claimed a five-wicket haul as Banbury returned to the top of Division 1 after a nervy three-wicket success at Harefield.

Bowlers were on top in a tight clash that saw only two batsmen score more than 20, one from each side.

But Blanchard’s unchanged spell of 5-51 off 19.4 overs proved crucial as Banbury dismissed their hosts for 116 in the 40th over.

However, Jimmy Phillips’ side were made to work hard for their victory, surviving several scares before claiming maximum points in the 31st over.

The result sees Banbury, who went into the game ten points behind Burnham, move eight ahead of the morning leaders after they lost against Henley.

Blanchard made the opening breakthrough, before Liam Manley got in on the act as Harefield fell from 40-1 to 62-7.

Scott Morris, batting at No 9, led the recovery with an unbeaten 32, but Blanchard had the final say by removing Tom Day to clinch his fifth victim.

Nine of the ten wickets went to catches.

In reply, no Banbury batsman could build on starts as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Jonny Cater top-scored with 24, with Richard West and Ollie Wright eventually seeing Banbury home, despite the efforts of Dhavalkumar Norotam, who claimed 4-44.

Latest Sport news

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Walter stars as Saints sign off on a high

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Thursday 21st August 2014

JAMES Walter scored four touchdowns as Oxford Saints ended the season with a 34-20 home win over Leicester Falcons.

ATHLETICS: Fajemisin bags southern gold

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

SOPHIE Carter stormed to victory by more than four minutes in the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon.

ATHLETICS: Carter's on song with big victory

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

SOPHIE Carter stormed to victory by more than four minutes in the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon.

RUGBY UNION: World Cup winning quartet's Henley link

Oxford Mail: Witney fly half Ted Landray goes through a gap during their 25-11 victory over Maidenhead

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

FOUR former Henley players helped England to victory over Canada in the Women’s World Cup final in Paris.

ICE HOCKEY: Three more sign up at Oxford City Stars

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

OXFORD City Stars have secured another three of last season’s title-winning squad ahead of the new campaign, which starts next month.

ATHLETICS: Stepney breaks record

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

(senior men unless stated)

DUBERRY COLUMN: Suarez handed debut far too quickly

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

NEVER reward bad behaviour is a rule that you find in most books written by experts on parenting, coaching or any dealing with people.

Watch: Video highlights of Oxford United at Morecambe

Oxford Mail:

1:18pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Video highlights of Oxford United's loss to Morecambe last night

Oxford United furious after being denied late penalty

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

OXFORD United were left fuming after being denied a late penalty in a 1-0 defeat at Morecambe last night.

CRICKET: Oxfordshire sign off with great win

Oxford Mail: Chad Keegan returns for Oxfordshire's Minir Counties clash with Shropshire at Banbury on Sunday

9:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

CHAD Keegan and Karl Penhale were the heroes as Oxfordshire recorded their first win of the Unicorns Counties Championship campaign in their final match after a eight-wicket success over Cheshire at Nantwich CC.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree