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CRICKET: Evans puts Banbury in a spin
10:40am Wednesday 5th September 2012 in Sport
IAN Evans provided the star turn as Oxford beat Banbury by 40 runs to reach the Bernard Tollett Oxfordshire Cup final.
The spinner took 5-9 in just three overs to end Banbury’s hopes of a county triumph.
Jamie Perkin led the way for Oxford with 27 in their 119-8 off 20 overs. Ollie Wright and Nathan Hawkes picked up two wickets apiece.
Banbury subsided to 79 all out in 15.4 overs, Lloyd Sabin their top-scorer with 13.
Chris Sandbach backed up Evans’s fine bowling, with four catches on the deep mid-wicket boundary.
Oxford will now take on hosts Aston Rowant in Sunday’s final at 2.30pm.
Before that, at 10.30am, Oxford face Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts in the Wilf Bennett Trophy final – the Oxfordshire Cricket Board’s District Cup competition.
Oxford were handed a walkover by Cumnor in their semi-final.
Nondies beat Oxford Downs by 28 runs in the other semi.
In a match reduced to 18 overs due to Downs’ late arrival, Nondies made 130-9, with James Holton hitting 36 as James Soppit took 3-24.
Downs were then bowled out for 102 with Matt White (4-12) and Mark Strong (3-14) doing the damage, despite Daryl Johnson making a valiant 40.
RESULTS BERNARD TOLLETT OXFORDSHIRE CUP Semi-final Oxford 119-8 (20 ovs), Banbury 79 (15.4 ovs, I Evans 5-9).
WILF BENNETT TROPHY Semi-finals Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 130-9 (18 ovs, J Holton 36, J Soppit 3-24), Oxford Downs 102 (15.4 ovs, D Johnson 40, M White 4-12, M Strong 3-14).
Oxford w/o Cumnor.