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Eason's 5-17 fires Horspath clear at top

03 Jun 2024

Skipper Will Eason produced a devastating spell of 5-17 to fire Horspath to a 77-run win over Dinton in a low-scoring Cherwell League Division 1 top-of-the-table clash at the Recreation Ground.

Defending 137-9 after being put in to bat on a tricky surface in a match between the division's two unbeaten sides, Horspath skittled Dinton for just 60 with Eason the chief destroyer.

Extracting good movement from the surface and swing through the air, he roared in to remove both Dinton openers in the first over.

Asad Rafiq also exploited the favourable seam bowling conditions to reduce Dinton to 14-3 and when Eason struck twice more the visitors were in disarray at 21-5.

Asad (2-30) claimed his second victim, before Eason completed his five-wicket haul by trapping Dinton skipper Jamie Perkin lbw for 13.

There was no way back for the visitors and it was left to Jehan Mohammed (2-11) and Amin Rafiq (1-1) to wrap up victory with Lachlan Biggs's sharp stumping sealing a fourth straight win.

Eason's five-wicket haul came off 10 overs and was his first since taking 5-34 against Burnham in the Home Counties Premier League Division 2 three years ago.

Earlier, Horspath had found it tough going with the bat. The hosts were in early trouble at 7-2, before losing four wickets for three runs in slumping to 44-6.

But Stephen Green dug in to make a gritty 34, putting on 45 for the eighth wicket with Eason (23). Tom Maciejewski (2-15) and Usman Manawar (2-19) were the pick of the Dinton attack.

The win gives Horspath a 17-point cushion over Banbury 2nd ahead of next Saturday's trip to Cropredy. 

Horspath 2nd had no answer to a brilliant century from Australian Dylan Crees as the side went down to a 63-run defeat at Challow & Childrey in Division 2.

Crees hammered 124 off 112 balls to take the hosts to 241-6 after being put in to bat.

Crees, who shared in a second-wicket stand of 109 with opener Ryan Gordon (49), hit eight fours and six sixes before he was caught and bowled by Nishi Ranasinghe.

Luke Heritage picked up 2-57, while Joval Calix was Horspath's most economical bowler, taking 1-25 from his 10 overs.

Horspath then found it tough going against an accurate attack. Opener Dominic O'Connor (46) and Robbie Eason (24) put on 84 for the second wicket, before four wickets fell for 10 runs.

The visitors were always struggling from that point and despite contributions from Alfie Turner (32) and Calix (26) fell to 178 all out, with Joe Harris (3-34) and Conor Jones (2-22) leading the way for the hosts.

The side will look to bounce back at home to Witney Swifts next Saturday.

Horspath 3rd's batting misfired in a 53-run defeat at Westcott in Division 3A.

Having bowled the hosts out for 160 after putting them in to bat, the side collapsed to 107 all out.

Jason Cardy (4-17) and Ed Oakley (3-35) produced superb spells to reduce Westcott to 85-8 after opener Alimar Khan made 27.

But then Horspath were frustrated by tailenders Syed Waqas (39) and James Bateman (23no), who put on 44 for the last wicket.

The visitors slumped to 15-4 and with only Cardy (24) and Oakley (22no) providing any resistance were all out inside 21 overs with Waqas Ur-Rehman (6-29) doing the damage.

Horspath are at home to Great Brickhill 2nd on Saturday.

Captain Craig Wharton hit a defiant unbeaten 72 as Horspath 4th slipped to an 11-run defeat at home to Garsington in Division 5C.

Chasing the visitors' 176-8 after electing to field, Horspath were in early trouble at 4-2.

But they rebuilt the innings and while Wharton was at the crease were always in with a chance.

However, the opener eventually ran out of partners as the side were bowled out for 165 with his 117-ball knock including eight fours.

Shalitha Gedara (4-19) and Sandeep Gumudelli (3-24) were Garsington's chief wicket-takers.

Earlier, Ben Wise (2-12) and Stuart Berry (2-16) produced excellent opening spells for Horspath, before Julius Leslie chipped in with 2-55.

Santosh Sahu (47) and Bhargav Satish (43) shone with the bat for Garsington.

Horspath visit Wootton & Boars Hill next Saturday.