Barns­ley on song to close in on the lead­ers

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

OAKSEY’S lead at the top of the Cain & Fuller CDCA League Di­vi­sion One was cut to three points as Barns­ley Beeches’ 20-point win over Fair­ford II.

Af­ter a poor start there were good knocks from Josh Odom (81*), Tom Dykes (56) and Akalanka Udara (33).

Good bowl­ing from Jacob Young (3-41) and David Tay­lor (2-34) could not prevent Barns­ley from post­ing an im­pres­sive 232-7 but Fair­ford lost three quick wick­ets fol­lowed by sig­nif­i­cant knocks from Tom Sealey (53), Louis Cus­sack (38) and Si­mon Em­ble­ton­smith (34).

Tight bowl­ing from An­drew Coul­ter (3-19), Josh Odom (2-12), Vi­jay Sanku­ra­tri (2-13) and Robert Den­ney (2-35) cre­ated run-rate pres­sure which led to the vis­i­tors be­ing bowled out 47 runs short on 185.

Ball dom­i­nated bat at South Cer­ney where Minety & North­leach found the go­ing tough against Chris Wear­ing (4-36), Sam Cat­ter­all (2-30) and Gar­rick Chivers (2-36).

Giles Well­man (27) and Dave Gould (26) pro­vided the back­bone of the in­nings al­low­ing the vis­i­tors to post 140 all out. South Cer­ney found the go­ing equally tough with Dave Gould (3-24), Stu­art Hobbs (2-17) and Tony Gard­ner (2-29) hard to get away, only Craig O’keefe (27) mak­ing a mean­ing­ful.

At Bibury, Oakridge’s new gen­er­a­tion ex­celled as the vis­i­tors left with the points.

George Phillips (57) had good sup­port from Adrian Seakins (29) to put Bibury in a strong po­si­tion but excellent bowl­ing from Un­der-15s Sam Grim­stead 4-20 and Char­lie Mead (3-15) re­stricted Bibury to 184-9.

Oakridge got off to a steady start but one wicket quickly turned into seven as a fine burst from Nouan Wickie (5-71) saw the vis­i­tors slump to 57-7.

How­ever opener Martin Smith (88*) held steady at one end and found a part­ner in Chris Evans (39) who helped take Oakridge close to the fin­ish­ing line, which they crossed for a thrilling win at 185-9.

Ash­ton Keynes came out on top in a close en­counter with Aven­ing & Cher­ing­ton, who posted 164-8 off their 40 overs.

Af­ter the break Ash­ton Keynes kept up with the rate but lost wick­ets steadily, reach­ing the tar­get with two wick­ets to spare at 165-8.

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