Cross go down with batting in disarray
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.