Defeat ends Fairford’s fading survival hopes
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.