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CRICKET: Brave Nondies are edged out in thriller
11:00am Thursday 16th August 2012 in Cricket
Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts suffered agony as they lost by one wicket in the tightest of finishes in Cherwell League Division 1 against Oxford Downs.
First, Amin Rafiq took 6-34 to put Downs in command and send Nondies to 126 all out.
Then Shabaz Alam (5-28) and Umair Ghazali (3-30) brought the hosts back into it.
But Justin Cantrill’s 44 kept Downs in the game, and they eventually made it to 128-9 to leave Nondies deep in trouble at the bottom of the table.
l Ox & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 10, Oxford Downs 25 Twyford’s ivision 2 championship bid suffered a dent as Aston Rowant 2nd held on for a draw.
The visitors were left frustrated as they failed to remove last pair.
Stafford Sansome (70) and Tanveer Nadeem (43) were the mainstays of Twyford’s 200 all out, while Richard Cook took 5-74 and Tim Foster 3-41.
Cook then top-scored with 43 for Rowant, but Twyford’s Bilal Afzal (4-45) and Mohammed Shafaqat (3-36) had them 156-9 at the close.
l Aston Rowant 2nd 7, Twyford 19 Garry Adamson hit 120 as Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd racked up 280-8 at Great Brickhill 2nd in Division 6, but still saw his side lose by four wickets.
Promotion-chasing Brickhill powered to 281-6 in reply, with Adam Harwood hitting 104.
Tristan Hardy (63no) and Glenn Burrows (36no) steered Brickhill home, despite Tauqeer Ahmed taking 4-93.
l Gt Brickhill 2nd 25, Bicester 11.
Twyford 2nd’s Ben Elkington (122) and Sam Lyon (104) both hit tons against Aston Rowant 3rd in a match they came close to losing.
Elkington and Lyon fired Twyford to 260-3, but Tom Needham (61), George Storton (52), Paul Humphreys (43no) and Gary Condon (30) took Rowant to the brink of victory at 251-8 as Andrew Gilder claimed 4-81.
l Twyford 2nd 16, Aston Rowant 3rd 9 WEEKEND RESULTS Division 1 Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondies 126 (Armin Rafiq 6-34), Oxford Downs 128-9 (J Cantrill 44, Shabaz Alam 5-28, Umair Ghazali 3-30).
Division 2 Twyford 200 (S Sansome 70, T Nadeem 43, R Cook 5-74, T Foster 3-41), Aston Rowant 2nd 156-9 (R Cook 43, B Mills 32, B Afzel 4-45, M Shafakat 3-36).
Division 3 Bicester & North Oxford 208-5 (M Simpson 43no, C Heron 42, N Moorman 41, R Simpson 34), Witney Mills 161-8 (G Ouldfield 31, R Simpson 4-19).
Division 6 Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd 280-8 (G Adamson 121), Great Brickhill 2nd 281-6 (A Harwood 104, T Hardy 63no, G Burrows 36no, T Ahmed 4-93).
Twyford 2nd 260-3 (B Elkington 122, S Lyon 104), Aston Rowant 3rd 251-8 (T Needham 61, G Storton 52, P Humphries 43no, G Condon 30, A Gilder 4-81).
Division 8 Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 3rd 190-5 (B Ali 73, A Haynes 60, J Bowman 4-76), Chearsley 2nd 108-5 (A Hubert 44no).
Division 10 Bicester & North Oxford 3rd 265-4 (S Jackson 127, M Mears 75), Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 4th 86 (I Esson 33no, S Hooker 30, O Pell 5-11).
SATURDAY’S FIXTURES Div 1: Horspath v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts.
Div 2: Twyford v Long Marston.
Div 3: Bicester & North Oxford v Banbury 3rd.
Div 6: Long Marston 2nd v Twyford 2nd, Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd v Wolverton Tn 2nd.
Div 7: Buckingham Tn 3rd v Bicester & North Oxford 2nd.
Div 8: Wallingford 2nd v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 3rd.
Div 10: Bicester & North Oxford 3rd v Shipton-under-Wychwood 4th, Oxford & Bletch Nondies 4th v Witney Mills 2nd.