A BRILLIANT unbeaten century from Patrick Foster could not save Horspath from a four-wicket defeat at Ynystawe in their rearranged Voneus Village Cup fifth-round tie.

Having elected to bat, the Oxfordshire champions were in deep trouble at 50-5.

But Foster, with the excellent support of opener Jimmy Phillips (56), took the Welsh side's attack apart, making a stunning 113 not out off just 75 balls.

The pair shared a thrilling sixth-wicket stand of 124 to set Horspath on the way to 225-7 off their 40 overs.

However, it was not enough as Carl Roberts hammered a superb unbeaten 99 from 100 deliveries to steer Ynystawe home at 228-6 with nine balls to spare.

The match took place in South Wales after it was postponed from the previous weekend, when rain made the Recreation Ground pitch unplayable.

Sulaiman Hussain made 25 to get Horspath off to a good start, only to be dismissed via a run out when Rhys Palmer touched Phillips's straight drive on to the stumps.

It triggered a top-order collapse as five wickets went down for 20 runs before Foster and Phillips set about repairing the damage.

Taking advantage of a short boundary on one side, Foster hit 11 fours and six sixes, while Phillips's 91-ball knock included three boundaries and two maximums. Lee Hicks took 3-43 for the Glamorgan & Gwent champions.

Roberts and Morgan Hodges then put on 114 for Ynystawe's second wicket as the home side reached 155-1.

But when Hodges holed out for 57 off Foster, and three more wickets fell, Horspath sensed a chance with the home side 184-5.

Controversy flared when Will Eason, in attempting to catch Luke Garthwaite's off drive on the boundary returned the ball infield as he went backwards, but the umpire adjudged it was a six.

After Garthwaite hit the next ball for four there was a disturbance on the sidelines, and a lengthy delay followed.

But Roberts kept his cool to see Ynystawe home, sealing victory in style with a six over mid-wicket - his fourth maximum to go with ten boundaries.