Derby clash brings tough battle

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SATURDAY’S derby meeting at The Green went the way of the visiting party as Dunchurch and Bilton took the day’s honours by a comfortable five-wicket margin.

Having lost the toss, Willoughby were sent in to bat and their recent batting woes and application were soon evident again.

They were first reduced to five for two and before slumping further to 50 for five, and at this point in all sorts of trouble.

However, skipper Martin Nichols had earlier promoted himself up the order to open the innings and the experienced head showed how it was done, crafting a top score of 44 which was only brought to a halt with three overs remaining.

Tom Green had joined him lower down the order and made 28 as D and B finally got through the Willoughby tail with the home side reaching 151 all out. Paul Jordan taking four for 25 for D and B.

In reply, the visitors started in swashbuckling fashion reaching 40 in just over four overs with Dave Beale (22) and Simon Duncan (41) leading the charge.

The flow of runs was stemmed initially by the home side with Lee Johnson taking two for 32, but D and B had set the precedent and Dave Brown (29) and Jack Coleman (28) carried the charge forward.

The visitors reached the required target and took full points with almost nine overs to spare.

There was better news to report from North Oxfordshire where Willoughby A secured their first win of the campaign with a deserved and much-needed success at Wardington.

Batting first, the visitors made 130 for eight off their 40 overs, with Pete Reynolds making an unbeaten 23 not out, assisted by other contributions along the batting order.

In reply, Wardington fell short of the target as they were bowled out for only 79. The bowling plaudits this week going to Sean McPhillips taking five for 48 supported by the spin of John Gregson snaffling four for 31. WCC earned a win and full points by a 51-run margin.

In their very first home game of the season, Flecknoe entertained a very strong Priors Marston side in what promised to be a good game.

In glorious sunshine, Priors won the toss and put themselves in to bat. Despite losing two early wickets on what appeared to be a tricky batting surface, they soon raced off to a sizeable score, in part due to very powerful hitting from Oscar Heath (54).

Flecknoe persevered with Phil Thompson particularly excellent in the field, and bowled Priors out for 183.

In reply the Marston bowlers proved simply too strong for the Flecknoe top order, Felix Heath finishing with figures of four-11.

After a steady but constant loss of wickets, Flecknoe were all out for 139. Mike Curtis, who had just returned from a season off, top scoring on 33.

Other results for Saturday, May 21:

Premier Division

Byfield (86 for three – 20 pts) beat Radway (83 all out – one pt) by seven wickets

Byfield: Eli Heath 33 n.o., Andy Watts 22 and Craig Walker three-57.

Radway: Matt Walsh 21, Guy Wilby 17, Mark Barnes 17, Jake Heath three-nine, Paul Wills three-36, Darren Franklin two-20.

Division One

Dunchurch and Bilton (152 for five – 20 pts) beat Willoughby (151 all out – five pts) by five wickets.

Dunchurch and Bilton: Dave Brown 29, Jack Coleman 28, Dave Beal 22, Lee Johnson two-32.

Willoughby: Martin Nichols 44, Tom Green 28, Stuart Hall 18 and Paul Jordan four-25.

Grange Park (152 all out – 20 pts) beat Preston Capes (116 all out – six pts) by 36 runs.

Grange Park: Lee Roberts 82, Ian Peterson 41, Anthony Franks six-45.

Preston Capes: Richard Parsons 28, Dave Holmes 22, Mark Everitt four-eight and Lee Roberts three-41.

Division Two

Byfield ‘A’ (120 for eight – 20 pts) beat Evenley ‘A’ (116 for eight – five pts) by two wickets.

Byfield ‘A’: Kevin Moyce 19, Joe Newby 18 n.o., Adam Scott 17, Mike Peyton-Bruhl four-15 and Andy Reader two-37.

Evenley ‘A’: Ollie Patterson 33, Matthew Rush 20, Martin Ayres 18, Lloyd Parkinson five-22 and Tom Hall two-24.

Division Three

Croughton (22 for 0 – 20 pts) beat Gayton (21 all out – 0 pts) by 10 wickets

Croughton: Imran Hussain 12 n.o., Darren Atkins nine n.o.

Gayton: Rashid Mehmood seven-nine, Clive Atkins one-seven.

Willoughby ‘A’ (130 for eight – 20 pts) beat Wardington (79 all out – six pts) by 51 runs.

Willoughby ‘A’: Pete Reynolds 23 n.o., Mo Sanghir three-39.

Wardington: Sean McPhillips five-48 and John Gregson four-31.

Preston Capes ‘A’ (145 for five – 20 pts) beat Gawcott and Hillesden (143 for seven – six pts) by five wickets.

Preston Capes ‘A’: Kyle Kalym 74 n.o., Sam Reeve 38 n.o, Nick Stanger five-29.

Gawcott and Hillesden: Nick Stanger 64 and Ben Packman five-35.

Division Four

Chipping Warden (180 for five – 20 pts) beat Woodford Halse ‘A’ (179 for nine – seven pts) by five wickets.

Chipping Warden: Jason Rumble 60, Phil Haynes 27 n.o., Les Reid 23, Dean Haynes three-45 and Terry Hulme two-35.

Woodford Halse ‘A’: Paul Shrimpton 74 n.o., Chris Prophet Snr. 27, Dan Bartlett three-63, Nick Green two-31 and Tim Fernbank two-48.

Division Five

Silverstone ‘A’ (105 for six – 20 pts) beat Braunston Paddox ‘A’ (104 for seven – six pts) by four wickets.

Silverstone ‘A’: Frank Kinnear 27, Alan Jellis two-27.

Braunston Paddox: Tom Bond 22, Wesley Steenkamp three-17 and Chris Beaton two-14.

Priors (183 all out – 20 pts) beat Flecknoe (137 all out – nine pts) by 46 runs.

Priors: Oscar Heath 54, Lewis Dodds 31, Michael Curtis three-43, Dan McAllion three-57.

Flecknoe: Michael Curtis 33, Dan McAllion 22, Felix Heath four-11 and Bradley Watts three-40.