Steward chips in with bat and ball as title sealed in good time
OAKSEY wrapped up the CDCA Division One title with two games to spare as they won handsomely at Bibury while nearest rivals Barnsley Beeches faltered.
Hector Whitrow (2-18) removed both Bibury openers before skipper James Richardson (47) led the recovery with support from Richard Lamballs (36) – Oaksey skipper Andysteward taking four for 22 to limit them to 192.
Openers Tom Cook (59) and Ben Langridge (43) put together 102 in reply before Nouan Wickie (2-37) and Richard Lamballs (2-31) made some inroads.
Steward (35) again led the way to 196 for four with more than six overs to spare.
Barnsley Beeches came unstuck at home to Minety & Northleach, despite restricting the visitors to a moderate 161 for seven.
The Minety & Northleach total was built around Tom Pearson (32), Stuart Hobbs (31) and Giles Wellman (28) with Ed Latter taking two for 12 and Robert Denney two for 43.
Despite decent knocks from Vijay Sankuratri (29) and Mehul Patel (24), they lost regular wickets to Tony Gardner (4-26) and Stuart Hobbs (3-9) and thee innings petered out to 115 all out in less than 30 overs.
Oakridge eased any relegation worries with a fine win at Longborough & Sezincote.
The hosts posted 206 all out thanks mainly to an unbeaten 87 from Luke Mcdonah, Mark Robbins taking three for 31).
A couple of early wickets to Josh Newbould (2-24) gave the hosts a good start but opener Steve Robbins (104 not out) paced his innings beautifully and had good support from Tim Hawkins (42) as they reached at 207-3 with 11 balls to spare.
Ashton Keynes also moved well clear of the relegation zone with a comprehensive home victory over struggling Fairford 2nd XI.
Adam Bradley (48), Mike Abbley (30) and Anton Lovatt (30) were the main contributors in 175 for six.
The Fairford top order had no answer to Anton Lovatt (4-17), Liam Hindmarch grabbing three for 25 as Fairford collapsed to 64 all out.
South Cerney gave themselves breathing space with a win over Avening & Cherington that leaves their visitors in trouble.
Avening made decent progress with the bat as P Carter hit an unbeaten 56, Dan Griffiths (25) providing valuable support.
Good bowling from Craig O’keefe (2-22) served Cerney well but 28 wides boosted the Avening total to 178 for five.
In reply wickets for Harry Stimpson (2-29) and Alistair Bullock (2-49) kept the visitors in the game but Cerney timed their response well.
Garrick Chivers (61), James Bayliss (26) and Chris Wearing (25) provided the backbone for the run chase which reached the required total at 182 for six with more than two overs to spare.