CRICKET: Robyns and Spears rescue Oxfordshire Under 17s

CRICKET: Robyns and Spears rescue Oxfordshire Under 17s

CRICKET: Robyns and Spears rescue Oxfordshire Under 17s

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OXFORDSHIRE Under 17s put in a superb performance to beat Sussex by one wicket on first innings in their friendly at Blackstone, Hove.

With a number of regulars missing, Oxfordshire fielded several under-age players, but they defied their years to beat their hosts in a thrilling finish to a super late stand between Hendrick Robyns (70) and Adam Spears (40no).

Losing the toss, Oxfordshire were in the field on day one, and Sussex posted 279 all out in 81 overs.

Spears was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-51 from 15 overs.

Max Mannering chipped in with 3-52 and Jonny Meardon bowled economically to take 2-39 from 16 overs.

Oxfordshire edged to 280-9 from 71 overs in reply.

Harry Thomas (53) and Harry Ackland (33) shared 65 for the first wicket, but the wheels fell off as they slumped to 170-7.

However, Robyns (70) and Spears (40no) steadied the ship to see Oxfordshire home.

Oxfordshire are next in action on Thursday when they host Leicestershire in the Royal London Under 17 Cup semi-final at Wormsley, with an 11am start.

Scores: Sussex Under 17 279 (T Haines 79, J Billings 61, N Smith 45, A Spears 4-51, M Mannering 3-52), Oxon Under 17 280-9 (H Robyns 70, H Thomas 53, A Spears 40no, H Ackland 33).

OTHER SCORES

Oxon U16 213-9 (50 ovs, A Samiullah 76, G Beer 40, H Eltham 31), Gloucs U16 214-8 (45.4 ovs, J Waters 57, B Slade 41, H Eltham 3-18, R Packham 3-38).

Northants U16 255 (49ovs, G Groenland 83, M Levine 54, H Eltham 3-19, G Beer 3-54), Oxon U16 154 (42 ovs).

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