Oak­sey come un­stuck with Minety de­feat

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

» CAIN & Fuller CDCA League lead­ers Oak­sey lost to Minety & North­leach.

Oak­sey lost both open­ers to Dave Gould (2-30) then two fur­ther wick­ets to Stu­art Hobbs (2-53).

Dan Hor­ton (78) and Phil Cass­rels (52) led a re­cov­ery but Ajj Gopal (3-43) took wick­ets at the death to re­strict Oak­sey to 233-9.

The re­sponse was led by Giles Wellman (91) and skip­per Tony Gard­ner (82) and al­though Andy Ste­ward (2-29) made the break­through the vis­i­tors eased to vic­tory with eight balls to spare.

Fair­ford II needed a win against Aven­ing & Cher­ing­ton to ease their rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries but a fine open­ing spell from Tom Red­path (3-29) put them in trou­ble.

An stand be­tween Marc Thomas (69) and Richard Young (45) put Fair­ford back in the game al­though K Drew (2-21) helped re­strict them to 188-8.

The Aven­ing re­sponse got off to an un­cer­tain start as early wick­ets fell to Marc Thomas (2-22).

How­ever Richard Har­vey (108*) and his P Carter (51*) pow­ered the vis­i­tors to vic­tory.

Ash­ton Keynes got off to a great start against Oakridge as Greg Buckle (106, 18 fours) and Jamie Col­lis­ter (25) flour­ished.

Good spells from By­ron Wil­liams (2-27) and Mark Rob­bins (2-28) kept the hosts in check but skip­per Mike Ab­b­ley (24) helped push the fi­nal score along to 221-7.

The Oakridge re­sponse was built around an sec­ond wicket part­ner­ship be­tween Martin Smith (84, eight fours and eight sixes) and Ed Bryant (49, 10 fours).

When this part­ner­ship was bro­ken Oakridge were in a dom­i­nant po­si­tion and, de­spite the ef­forts of Liam Hind­march (2-39), they cruised to a com­fort­able win.

Rain pre­vented any mean­ing­ful play in the Long­bor­ough & Sez­in­cote v South Cer­ney match.

A re­duced over match started but the rain re­turned re­sult­ing in an aban­don­ment.

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