Cross go down with bat­ting in dis­ar­ray

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HOME COUN­TIES PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION ONE

Ox­ford 213ao (48.5 overs) Ger­rards Cross 190ao (40.2 overs) Ox­ford won by 23 runs GER­RARDS Cross have been rel­e­gated to Di­vi­sion Two of the Home Coun­ties Premier League fol­low­ing a 23-run de­feat to Ox­ford on Satur­day.

Ox­ford won the toss and chose to bat on a very green pitch and the Cross bowlers made ex­cel­lent use of the con­di­tions, with Jamie Hod­dle (3-45), Tom Hamp­ton (2-31) and Vikram Ban­er­jee (242) re­duc­ing Ox­ford to 106-7.

Seven wick­ets should soon have be­come eight when Ox­ford skip­per Ian Crosby was very for­tu­nate to sur­vive an LBW ap­peal and, to make mat­ters worse, he did not waste his re­prieve, smash­ing 68 off 74 balls as Ox­ford’s last three wick­ets added 107 to a fi­nal to­tal of 213.

The Cross’s re­ply was soon in dis­ar­ray at 36-4, although Sam West­away (23), Sam Bracey (29) and Vikram Ban­er­jee (33) fought hard to save them from the drop.

Wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall as the Cross inched to­wards vic­tory, but some of their bats­men were un­lucky not to be given the ben­e­fit of the doubt as they were all out for 190.

In Di­vi­sion Two they will be join­ing Amer­sham, who fin­ished the sea­son in fourth after beat­ing Fin­champ­stead by 82 runs, but a four-wicket win over Falk­land came too late for Che­sham, who fin­ished rock bot­tom.

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