CHARLIE Turner smashed 68 off 27 balls as hosts Horspath were crowned Oxfordshire Under-19 cup champions with a five-wicket win over Banbury.

Chasing Banbury’s 147-8 off 20 overs after they were put in to bat, Turner plundered six fours and five sixes in his stunning knock.

It set Horspath well on the way to lifting the Honey B Trophy, named in memory of their former player Morris Honey, with victory secured at 149-5 with 6.1 overs to spare.

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Playing the leading role in a second-wicket stand of 70 with Rayaan Dogar, Turner’s terrific innings put Horspath in a commanding position before he was caught at deep mid-wicket by Banbury skipper Ali Short off Freddie Crook, making it 99-2.

Following a brief rain break, Josh Richardson hit a brisk 25, before Saif Dogar eased Horspath home with an unbeaten 20.

Turner was completing a devastating all-round display after striking with the first delivery of Banbury’s innings.

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Short, who had hammered an unbeaten 89 in his side’s semi-final win over holders Cumnor earlier in the day, cut the ball into Christopher Hofen’s hands at backward point, sparking wild scenes of celebration.

But Tom Finlay and Murray Scott then kept Horspath at bay with an excellent stand of 105 for the second wicket, before leg-spinner Richardson (4-28) pegged Banbury back.

Richardson repeated the feat in his last over with George Crawford stumping both Dan Redpath and Dan Shevket as Banbury slumped to 118-5, before Will Marland made a breezy 21.

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