De­feat ends Fair­ford’s fad­ing sur­vival hopes

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WITH the Cain & Fuller CDCA Di­vi­sion One ti­tle de­cided last week the fo­cus for the re­main­der of the sea­son switches to the other end of the ta­ble where things are far from be­ing set­tled.

Fair­ford II needed a win at home to Barns­ley Beeches to keep their sur­vival hopes alive how­ever a strong Barns­ley per­for­mance put paid to that hope as the vis­i­tors came away with the spoils. Josh Odom (52*) was the chief run-scorer as Barns­ley posted a for­mi­da­ble 264-7 off their 40 overs. Alex Pa­ton (4-39) bowled well for Fair­ford.

Af­ter the break Derek Townsend (47) kept the Fair­ford hopes alive but the hosts fell 38 runs short on 226-9 as the overs ran out.

A cru­cial game at Cher­ing­ton Park was won by hosts Aven­ing & Cher­ing­ton who over­came vis­i­tors Ash­ton Keynes by 26 runs. Af­ter in­sert­ing the hosts Ash­ton Keynes got off to a great start through Chris Yeates (2-15) and An­ton Lo­vatt (3-36) as wick­ets tum­bled. An ex­cel­lent in­nings from Richard Harvey (91*) res­cued Aven­ing as he put to­gether part­ner­ships with sev­eral of the mid­dle and lower order to take the hosts to a com­pet­i­tive 184-8 at tea.

The Ash­ton Keynes response fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern as five quick wick­ets fell to P Carter (3-30) and Tom Red­path (2-10). The re­cov­ery came mainly from Seb Stubbs (56) but a fine burst from Jay Rich­ings (3-10) all but fin­ished the vis­i­tors off.

How­ever, Tom Fin­nie had other ideas as he smashed his way to a rapid 43 tak­ing his team to within 26 runs of vic­tory be­fore los­ing his wicket to close the in­nings at 158 all out.

Bibury, also need­ing a win to keep their sur­vival hopes alive, en­joyed a fine win at Oakridge. Oakridge had a great start through Ed Bryant (78), Mark Rob­bins (45) and Steve Rob­bins (40) and at 168-3 looked set for a big to­tal. Sachin Ban­dara (5-27) changed the game by tak­ing four wick­ets in four balls to spark a col­lapse with Oakridge end­ing 180 all out.

The pos­i­tive mood trans­ferred to the Bibury bats­men as open­ers James Richard­son (87*) and Char­lie Robin­son (61) put on 151 for the first wicket in rapid time. This time there was to be no col­lapse as the tar­get was reached at 182-1 with nearly eight overs left.

South Cer­ney guar­an­teed safety with a win at Minety & North­leach. The hosts’ to­tal of 188 all out was built around Stu­art Hobbs (46) and Tony Gard­ner (44) as Matt Hicks (4-65) bowled well with sup­port from Chris Wear­ing (2-18) and Gar­rick Chivers (2-27) to limit the dam­age. In re­ply Cer­ney got off to a rapid start through Jay Rus­sell (100) be­fore he was run out. The good work was car­ried on by Matt Hicks (43*) who capped an ex­cel­lent all round per­for­mance by guid­ing his team to vic­tory at 190-3 in 34 overs. The cel­e­bra­tions of cham­pi­ons Oak­sey were brought to an end as they were thrashed at home by vis­it­ing Long­bor­ough & Sez­in­cote. The vis­i­tors posted 289-7 while Oak­sey ended 189 all out.

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