Barnsley on song to close in on the leaders
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.