The Cricketer Village Cup

Tiddington defied the odds with a 19-run win at home to Aston Rowant in the Oxfordshire semi-final.

The Cherwell League Division 2 side were bowled out for 167 off 39.2 overs after Rowant won the toss and put them in to bat.

But Tiddington hit back with the ball to send their Home Counties Premier League opponents crashing to 148 all out.

Opener Will Cooper was the mainstay of the Tiddington innings with 69 off 89 balls including five fours.

They were well placed at 92-2, but then off-spinner Adam Muttitt (5-38) and left-arm spinner Chris Leaney (3-20) worked their way through the rest of the order, and Tiddington were indebted to 24 wides for their final total.

But the hosts were quick to strike back when Rowant batted, with Sam Hollingshead (3-36) removing in-form opener Tim Morgan without scoring.

He also picked up the wickets of Muttitt and captain Richard Cook, and with John Ponsford removing Karl Penhale and Andrew Tolson, the visitors were soon in big trouble at 50-5.

Dan Matthews led the fightback with 45, but off-spinner Phil Pykett picked up 4-24 to wrap up the innings, with 4.4 overs to spare.

In the final on Sunday, June 16, Tiddington will visit Horspath, who also upset league standings to thump Great & Little Tew by five wickets.

Lee Mason continued his superb early season form for the Cherwell League Division 1 leaders by taking 5-21 to send Tew crashing to 71 all out off 27.3 overs.

The Home Counties Premier League outfit stormed back to reduce Horspath to 27-5, with Liam Manley claiming three and Matt Woods two.

But Will Eason and Andy Wynd kept their cool in a crisis to steer the hosts to a resounding victory.

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

Great & Little Tew 71 (27.3 ovs, L Mason 5-21), Horspath 72-5 (18.3 ovs).

Tiddington 167 (39.2 ovs, W Cooper 69, A Muttitt 5-38, C Leaney 3-20), Aston Rowant 148 (35.2 ovs, D Matthews 45, P Pykett 4-24, S Hollingshead 3-36).