Beeches stay in hunt for ti­tle with vic­tory over lead­ers Oak­sey

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

BARNSLEY Beeches kept them­selves in the race for the Cain & Fuller CDCA Di­vi­sion One ti­tle with a com­fort­able win at league lead­ers Oak­sey.

Bat­ting first, Barnsley lost a cou­ple of quick wick­ets as Andy Stew­ard (3-18) bowled well.

Tom Dykes (42) and An­drew Walker (29) re­built the in­nings un­til both were re­moved by Dan Bye (2-40).

As Phil Head (3-39) made fur­ther in­roads a use­ful knock from Josh Odom (37) pushed the fi­nal score along to a com­pet­i­tive 191-9 at tea.

In re­ply Oak­sey got off to a good start through Tom Cook (52) and Sam Hold­way (27) but the in­tro­duc­tion of Ed Lat­ter (9-3-10-4) trans­formed the game.

With Robert Den­ney (3-17) bowl­ing well at the other end Oak­sey lost their way and their in­nings pe­tered out 35 runs short on 156-9.

South Cer­ney, who strug­gled in the first half of the sea­son, are find­ing form at the right time as they won em­phat­i­cally in the Cotswold Wa­ter Park derby against Ash­ton Keynes.

Af­ter elect­ing to bat the first half of the match went well for vis­i­tors Ash­ton Keynes as George Ford (94*) fell short of a de­served cen­tury.

Good sup­port from Jack Thomas (25) and Liam Hind­march (25*) at the end pushed the vis­i­tor’s to­tal along to 195-5 at the break.

For Cer­ney Craig O’keefe (3-33) bowled well with Phil James (2-45) chip­ping in at the other end.

South Cer­ney made light work of the run chase as Jay Rus­sell (41) pro­vided his usual bel­liger­ent con­tri­bu­tion in an open­ing part­ner­ship of 75 in 15 overs with Brian Hughes.

James Bayliss (75*) then bat­ted su­perbly in a part­ner­ship of 122 in 16 overs with Hughes (64*) who car­ried his bat as the to­tal was reached at 197-1 with more than eight overs to spare.

Oakridge moved up the ta­ble with a com­pre­hen­sive win at home to Fair­ford II.

The Oakridge to­tal of 202-5 was built around a fine sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship of 120 be­tween Ed Bryant (68) and James Bri­er­ley (57).

An­thony Axel-berg (2-28) and Olly Tay­lor (2-43) were the pick of the vis­it­ing bowlers but strug­gling Fair­ford never re­ally chal­lenged this to­tal as wick­ets fell reg­u­larly.

Only Si­mon Em­ble­ton-smith (22) and Tom Sealey (20) reached the 20s as Sam Grim­stead (2-7), Chris Evans (2-15) and Ed Bryant (2-29) bowled the vis­i­tors out for only 130.

Bibury gave them­selves a much needed boost by win­ning a low scor­ing nail-biter against Long­bor­ough & Sez­in­cote.

The Bibury to­tal of 136 all out in 31 overs was re­stricted by an ex­cel­lent spell from Josh New­bould (5-33).

In re­ply Long­bor­ough found the go­ing equally tough with Sachin Ban­dara (3-18) bowl­ing a good spell.

How­ever wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall and Long­bor­ough were bowled out three runs short on 130.

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