Stew­ard chips in with bat and ball as ti­tle sealed in good time

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -


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.

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