CRICKET: Nondies face battle for survival

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Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts almost certainly need to win their final two fixtures to have a chance of staying up after gaining only three points at home to Banbury 2nd in Cherwell League Division 1.

Jonny Cater (72no), Andrew Sabin (37) and Steve Beck (34) helped the visitors reach 225-7 from 45.1 overs when a shower took the players off the field.

Alex Davis (4-91) and Mark Strong (3-82) had been the pick of the home attack.

Steve Hart then took 3-2 to help reduce Nondies to 59-7 from 24 overs.

l Ox & Bletch Nondescripts 3, Banbury 2nd 18 Twyford still lead Division 2 by 13 points as their top-of-the-table clash at second-placed Oxford 2nd failed to finish due to the wet weather.

The hosts had reached 148-4 from 46 overs when the game was called off. James Smith had made 51 and Ian Crosby 31, while Twyford’s left-arm spinner Bilal Afzal took 3-30.

Bicester & North Oxford held high-fliers Bledlow Vill-age to a draw and came close to winning their Division 3 game.

Dan Murphy made 54 in Bicester’s 179 all out, with most of the wickets being shared by Mark King (6-52) and Adam Mould (3-46).

Rain reduced Bledlow’s reply to 38 overs, from which they managed 149-8. James Shirley was 64 not out at the close, while Richard Simpson finished with figures of 4-25 and Steve Conway with 3-28.

l Bic & NO 16, Bledlow Village 8 Twyford 2nd boosted their promotion hopes in Division 6 courtesy of a three-wicket victory over Oxford & Bletch-ingdon Nondescripts 2nd.

Paul Sly was their star with 5-21 as Nondies were restricted to 150-9, before Twyford edged to victory. l Twyford 2nd 25, Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 9

Division 1
Banbury 2nd 225-7 (J Cater 72no, A Sabin 37, S Beck 34, A Davis 4-91, M Strong 3-82), Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 59-7 (S Hart 3-2).
Division 2
Oxford 2nd 148-4 (J Smith 51, I Crosby 31, B Afzal 3-30) v Twyford – abandoned.
Division 3
Bicester & North Oxford 179 (D Murphy 54, A Mould 3-46, M King 6-52), Bledlow Village 149-8 (J Shirley 64no, S Conway   3-28, R Simpson 4-25).
Division 6
Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd 150-9 (J Butler 57, A Ullah 34, P Sly 5-21), Twyford 2nd 151-7 (M Smith 40, M James 34, I Mohammed 3-28).
Division 7
Bicester & North Oxford 2nd 121-8 (C Hickman 3-38, C Haggett 3-43), Great & Little Tew 3rd 126-2 (A Darby 63no, S Barnes 39no).
Division 8
Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 3rd 197-7 (A Haynes 72, C Smith 52no, J Meardon 4-52), Didcot 3rd 132-2 (E Matthews 46no, K Beesley 54).
Division 10
Didcot 4th v Bicester & North Oxford 3rd – abandoned.
Long Marston 3rd v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 4th – abandoned.
Div 1: Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts v Bletchley Tn.
Div 2: Wolverton Tn v Twyford.
Div 3: Chearsley v Bicester & North Oxford.
Div 6: Bletchley Tn 2nd v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd.
Div 7: Bicester & NO 2nd v Bledlow V 2nd.
Div 8: Kingston Bagpuize 2nd v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 3rd.
Div 10: Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondes-cripts 4th v Great & Little Tew 4th.

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