CRICKET: Race for title goes down to the wire

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The chase for the OCA League Division 1 championship will go down to the wire next week after Westbury and East Oxford posted comfortable victories on Saturday.

The results leave East Oxford with a slender nine-point advantage heading into the last set of fixtures.

Tom Wilson scored 80 to help Westbury to an 82-run win at Minster Lovell.

Michael Loggin chipped in with 51 in Westbury’s 238-7, before Andy Clarke (3-30) and Tom Boardman (3-34) helped dismiss Minster for 156.

In Division 2, Westcott failed to cope with batsman Mike Hume as they went down to a 75-run defeat at home to Faringdon.

Faringdon amassed 244-7, with Hume hitting 132, before Will Oglesby claimed 6-50 as Westcott were dismissed for 169.

In Division 4, Fringford wrapped up the second promotion spot with a 106-run win over Chesterton.

Damian Leach (79no) and Kevin Hicks (69) saw Fringford to 224-6.

John Bacon claimed 4-40 as Chesterton fell to 118 all out.

Westbury 2nd slipped to a 74-run loss at home to Minster Lovell 2nd in Division 6.

Minster rattled up 209-7, with Neil Spearman (69) and James Merriman (50), despite 5-26 from Darren Gascoigne.

Tim Jarvis then claimed 4-25 to help dismiss Westbury for 135.

In Division 8, Chesterton 2nd went down to a 63-run defeat against Ducklington.

Jacob Souch hit 50 in Ducklington’s 174-9, and then Andy Walker and Stephen Burke both took 3-21 as Chesterton were 111 all out.

RESULTS Division 1 Westbury 238-7 (T Wilson 80, M Loggin 51, H Smith 51, M Green 3-56), Minster Lovell 156 (A Clarke 3-30, T Boardman 3-34).

Division 2 Tetsworth 160 (R Foster 46, D Cyrus 45no, Haroon Nasser 33), Marsh Gibbon 162-5 (W Hammond 90no, C Needham 32no).

Faringdon 244-7 (M Hume 132, I Oglesby 32), Westcott 169 (Alimar Khan 75, Talib Hussain 43, W Oglesby 6-50).

Division 4 Fringford 224-6 (D Leach 79no, K Hicks 69), Chesterton 118 (J Bacon 4-40, D Macdonald 3-31).

Division 5 Stanton SJW w/o Brill.

Division 6 Minster Lovell 2nd 209-7 (N Spearman 69, J Merriman 50, D Gascoigne 5-26), Westbury 2nd 135 (A Green 55, T Jarvis 4-25, E Crowther 3-13).

Division 8 Ducklington 174-9 (J Souch 50, S Weston 36, S Burke 35, J Walker 3-54, A Mishra 3-59), Chesterton 2nd 111 (A Mishra 39, A Walker 3-21, S Burke 3-21).

WILF BENNETT TROPHY Final: Oxford 141-6 (20 ovs, R Canning 42), Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 104 (18.5 ovs, N Duxon 42).

SATURDAY FIXTURES Div 1: Shrivenham v Westbury.

Div 2: Faringdon v Westcott.

Div 5: Uffington v Brill.

Div 8: Eynsham 2nd v Chesterton 2nd.

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