CRICKET: Ayaz's show moves Nondies off the bottom

CRICKET: Ayaz's show moves Nondies off the bottom

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts' Ayaz Khan celebrates bowling Mark Wingfield Digby, the first of his ten victims

Ayaz Khan hits out in his 23 for Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts before he took 10-35 in the four-run victory in Division 1

First published in Sport

Afghan paceman Ayaz Khan produced the performance of his life to take 10-35 for Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts and help beat Oxford Downs by four runs for their first Cherwell League victory of the season, writes Graham Scott.

He became the first bowler to go through the card in Division 1 since Will Wright managed the feat for Ayles-bury Town in 1996.

Ayaz had earlier been Nondies’ top scorer, hitting three sixes in an invaluable cameo of 23 as his side crashed to 102 all out.

Put in to bat on a slow wicket, they had crawled to 19-4 from 25 overs.

Simon Watkins took 3-28 and Amin Rafiq 3-38 for Downs, who looked to be cruising to victory at 73-4.

But Ayaz produced five quick wickets when he returned for a second spell – including the vital scalp of Watkins (36) – to leave the hosts reeling on 82-9.

Rafiq (15no) gave Downs some hope before keeper Jon Guthrie took a smart catch to remove Tom Costley and spark wild celebrations.

l Oxford Downs 5pts, Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 25 Division 2 Twyford took over at the top after a 55-run home win over Aston Rowant 2nd.

Tanveer Nadeem (43) and Stafford Sansome (33) were the mainstays of the hosts’ 187-8, while Chris Eaton led the way for Rowant with 5-69.

But he was outshone by Tokeer Hussain, who captured 5-35 as Rowant were rolled over for 132.

l Twyford 25, Aston Rowant 2nd 5 Division 3 Bicester & North Oxford beat Witney Mills by seven wickets.

Richard Simpson took 3-44 as Witney crawled to 140-9 from their 53 overs, and then watched James Rimmer make 66 not out and Dan Murphy 36 in Bicester’s 141-3.

l Bicester & North Oxford 25, Witney Mills 5 Division 6 Paul Sly returned 6-64 for Twyford 2nd in their draw at Aston Rowant 3rd.

Sly and Andy Gilder (3-39) restricted Rowant to 177.

Twyford then struggled in reply as they reached 123-8, Gilder making 42.

l Aston Rowant 3rd 17, Twyford 2nd 6 WEEKEND RESULTS Division 1 Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 102 (S Watkins 3-28, A Rafiq 3-38), Oxford Downs 98 (S Watkins 36, A Khan 10-35).

Division 2 Twyford 187-8 (T Nadeem 43, S Sansome 33, C Eaton 5-69), Aston Rowant 2nd 132 (B Mills 31, K Hussain 5-35).

Division 3 Witney Mills 140-9 (P Claridge 42, R Simpson 3-44), Bicester & North Oxford 141-3 (J Rimmer 66no, D Murphy 36).

Division 6 Aston Rowant 3rd 177 (G Condon 51, D Whatman 35, P Sly 6-64, A Gilder 3-39), Twyford 2nd 123-8 (A Gilder 42, J Smith 4-23).

Great Brickhill 2nd 190-3 (L Jones 82no, A Robson 46), Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd 107 (J Blackwell 6-30).

Division 7 Oxford 4th v Bicester & North Oxford 2nd – abandoned.

Division 8 Chearsley 2nd v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 3rd – abandoned.

Division 10 Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 4th v Bicester & North Oxford 3rd – abandoned.

SATURDAY FIXTURES Div 1: Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts v Horspath.

Div 2: Long Marston v Twyford.

Div 3: Banbury 3rd v Bicester & North Oxford.

Div 6: Twyford 2nd v Long Marston 2nd, Wolverton Tn 2nd v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd.

Div 7: Bicester & North Oxford 2nd v Buckingham Town 3rd.

Div 8: Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 3rd v Wallingford 2nd.

Div 10: Shipton-under-Wychwood 4th v Bicester & North Oxford 3rd, Witney Mills 2nd v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 4th.

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