Oxford’s middle order ruin a solid start from Cross
soul-destroying 126-run defeat home to Oxford on Saturday.
The Cross were initially on top, having claimed two early Oxford wickets, but opening batsman Shabaaz Alam (46) received support from the middle order, who all made contributions as Oxford slowly made their way towards a competitive total.
But it was Shamilal Mendis who at made the most significant contribution as he pummelled 48 runs off 42 balls, including five sixes, as Oxford finished on 209-9. Ross Fyfe was Cross’s most effective bowler, claiming 4-45 from 13 overs.
The reply started badly – losing two wickets inside the first three overs – and quickly got worse as they capitulated to 36-6.
Their batsman had no answer to the seam bowling of Samad Fallah, who decimated the Cross’s batting with figures of 7-24 in 17.1 overs as they were bundled out for just 83 and remain bottom of the league.
Meanwhile, Amersham’s game at league leaders Horspath was abandoned due to the weather and they stay safely in mid-table.