Cotswold & District Cricket Association Division One round-up
8:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
ADLESTROP have retained their Sweetfuels CDCA Div 1 title with a game to spare after a home victory over NATS earned them their fourth Div 1 title in a row.
Batting first, the hosts posted a formidable 240-4 thanks to contributions from all of their top order. Matt Barnes (64) and Jamie Parker (63) led the way but were given good support from several batsmen including Nick Rawlings (47*).
All of the NATS bowlers suffered, although Phil Cross (3-59) had the consolation of taking a few wickets.
Without their leading run-scorer and against a strong bowling line-up this was always going to be a tough chase for NATS. Nevertheless, they got off to a decent start with Stuart Phillips (100) leading the way with a fine century, well supported by his father Bob Phillips (37).
However, the pursuit of quick runs led to wickets falling to Sam Rawlings (3-48) and Sam Keen (2-33) leaving NATS 22 runs short on 219-6 after a creditable chase.
The other two leading contenders went head to head at Cricklade where Langford destroyed the hosts’ title challenge by winning emphatically. Having chosen to bat, the visitors started steadily reaching 74 before the first wicket fell. Darren Fisher (6-54) then removed the dangerous Jeremy Kirby (55) and the rest of the Langford top order in quick succession before Mike Mabbatt (3-13) cleaned up the tail.
At tea, the Langford total of 166 all out would have seemed vulnerable, however a blistering opening spell from Will Findlay-Wilson (10-4-11-4) left the hosts reeling at 38-4. After some tight overs from Chris Sinsbury (10-1-18-1) it was left to Harry Puffitt (4-19) to knock over the tail and help close the gap in the race for the runners-up spot as Cricklade were bowled out for 82.
At Beechwalk, Div 2-bound Oakridge finished on a high with a good win over hosts Chedworth.
The visitors were inserted and left the home skipper regretting this decision as they raced to 140-0. The removal of both openers Tim Hawkins (30) and Mark Robbins (95) in successive overs gave Chedworth some hope of limiting the damage. However, a good knock from Bradley Luker (40*) maintained the momentum as Oakridge posted 214-5.
After tea, a tight spell from Richard Minchin (2-33) put the hosts on the back foot and wickets fell, particularly to Mike Deane (4-55), as they strove to keep up with the required rate.
A solid innings from skipper Alistair Lockey (31) kept them in them in the hunt but a late flurry from Rob George (35) was not enough as the hosts fell 28 runs short on 187-7.