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Robbie racks up 8,000 Cherwell League runs

27 May 2024

Robbie Eason notched up a notable milestone when he passed 8,000 runs in the Cherwell League as Horspath 2nd made it third time lucky in Division 2 with a crushing 213-run win at home to Buckingham Town 2nd.
His second half-century of the season allied to Joval Calix's impressive figures of 5-8 saw the side open their account in style.
Eason's unbeaten 79 steered the hosts to a formidable 275-9 - the day's second highest score - after they were put in to bat.
His 117-ball knock included eight fours and a six with his innings taking him up to 8,077 Cherwell League runs, according to the league website. His total includes five centuries and 56 fifties.
The Horspath run machine was well supported in a fourth-wicket stand of 78 by Alfie Turner (48), before putting on 52 with Calix (21).
Dougal Main blasted two sixes in a whirlwind 29 off 17 balls, before being unluckily run out at the non-striker's end when Matthew Dipple tipped a straight drive from Eason on to the stumps.
Buckingham were then skittled for 62. Erasmus Du Toit (2-15) struck with the first ball of the innings, and there was a first league wicket for Nishi Ranasinghe (1-27) before Calix's off-spin wrapped up the innings.
The win saw the side shoot up the table to fourth ahead of next Saturday's trip to third-placed Challow & Childrey.
Horspath 3rd slipped to a 61-run defeat at home to Oxenford in Division 3A.
The visitors posted 229 all out after electing to bat with stand-in skipper Andy Cummings (3-19), Joe Gibbs (3-26) and Josh Cummings (3-52) among the wickets.
Div Puri (77) top-scored for Oxenford with good support from Sattyam Bankar (34) and Shafiqullah Hussankhil (32).
Luke Finch and Ollie Taylor made 32 apiece for Horspath, but the side succumbed to 168 all out with Bankar taking 4-25.
The side are away to Westcott next Saturday.
Horspath 4th's early season struggles continued in Division 5C with a 125-run defeat by Oxenford 2nd at Jesus College.
Despite again having 10 men, the visitors performed creditably with the ball to bowl Oxenford out for 181 after they had chosen to bat, Ben Wise taking 3-42 with two wickets apiece for Robin Pykett, Stuart Berry and Eddie Gadd.
Opener Tim Rayden (49) and Sameer Sonawale (42) provided the backbone of the Oxenford innings.
But Horspath's brittle batting was exposed once more as the side slipped to 56 all out with Waqas Mir picking up 3-10.
The side entertain Garinsgton next Saturday.