Ox­ford’s mid­dle or­der ruin a solid start from Cross

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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.

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