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CRICKET: Tredwell delight at Westbury win
Westbury's Richard Tredwell admitted winning the OCA League Division 1 title was the highlight of his 16 years as skipper after a last-day victory against Shrivenham saw them lift the crown for the fourth time in their history.
The stakes could not have been higher on Saturday when they took to the field against their title rivals, needing victory to seal the crown in the winner-takes-all clash.
And they did it in style with a five-wicket victory and Tredwell felt they were more than worthy title-winners.
Now they will hold a meeting later this month to decide whether to apply for Cherwell League membership.
“We were very pleased to win the championship,” said Tredwell.
“It was a bit wet, but it was a good game in the end, particularly as we won.
“I thought we played ever so well.
“In terms of highlights, this is right up there.”
In a match reduced to 40 overs a side following heavy overnight rain, Westbury put Shrivenham in and restricted them to 125-9, as Graham Judd took 5-29 in nine overs.
Alex Bowles top-scored for the home side with 28, while star batsmen Conor Taylor and Alex Kill fell for a duck and three, respectively.
As conditions improved after tea, Westbury eased home at 126-5, Judd completing an excellent day with 37 not out.
The visitors took 25 overs to reach the target and spark the celebrations.
Tredwell added: “We were hopeful all the way through (the season) that we would win it. In the past few weeks we had a few games that we lost which we should not have done.
“But aside from that we have been strong all season.
“Shrivenham beat us fairly comfortably at our place, so it was good to get a win there.
“It did go down to the wire, so it was a nice way to do it. It was a match between the two top sides.”
Asked whether he was keen on going up to a higher league, he said: “This is a question we have been considering and we will be meeting up in a week’s time to discuss it.
“I’m 46-years-old and it may be a question of the younger ones stepping in.
“Everybody knows about the situation and has been asked to go away and think about it.”
Meanwhile, in Division 2, Carl Needham’s haul of 6-32 was in vain as Marsh Gibbon lost by three wickets at home to Tetsworth to confirm their relegation.
Gibbon were bowled out for 67 as Rommel Foster took 3-7, before Tetsworth edged home at 70-7 to seal the home side’s fate.
Shrivenham 125-9 (G Judd 5-29), Westbury 126-5 (G Judd 37no). Westbury are champions.
Marsh Gibbon 67 (R Foster 3-7), Tetsworth 70-7 (C Needham 6-32).
All other games abandoned