Weather intervened for the first time in this season’s Cain & Fuller CDCA Div 1 with the Oakridge v Minety & Northleach match being rained off writes Roger Gillespie.

No such problems at Oaksey where the covered wicket was perfectly dry. Visitors South Cerney elected to bat but were soon in trouble due to a fine spell from skipper Andy Steward (3-17).

A tight opening spell from Ken Lane (9-5-9-1) dried up the runs and things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Dan Bye (2-5) and Steve Jenkins (2-2) took important wickets. Only Sam Catterall (27) stood firm as South Cerney finished well under par on 98-9. After the break an early wicket failed to dampen the Oaksey spirit as Tom Cook (65*) and Ben Langridge (22*) guided the hosts to an emphatic win at 100-1 in less than 16 overs and consolidate their position at the top of the table.

Barnsley Beeches maintained their title challenge with a comfortable win at Cherington Park. The visitors were invited to bat and posted a very competitive 206-7 with significant contributions from Josh Odom (63), Akalanka Udara (37) and Andrew Walker (27). For hosts Avening & Cherington Richard Harvey (2-25) and Bruce Walker (2-48) bowled well. Inspired by their bowling performances the same two players got the Avening & Cherington innings off to a great start with a fine opening partnership. The partnership was broken by Yohan Dharmathileka (3-15) who took both the wickets of Richard Harvey (43) and Bruce Walker (37). A fine spell from Jay Thompson (5-27) then ensured there would be no recovery as the hosts were bowled out well short of the target on 153 all out.

At Lady Hill hosts Bibury powered to their first win of the season in emphatic style putting visitors Ashton Keynes to the sword. Electing to bat first the hosts got off to a great start through Charlie Robinson (87) and skipper James Richardson (32) then some late order hitting saw them through to an imposing total of 229-7 at the break. For Ashton Keynes skipper Mike Abbley (4-48) was the pick of the bowlers. After tea the visitors never got going and soon found themselves 30-8 due to a fine spell from Alan Thomas (5-18), well backed up by Nouan Wickie (3-20) and Dave Little (2-20). A late cameo from Kieran Kelly (19*) provided some respectability but could not prevent Ashton Keynes from being dismissed for only 65 in the 23rd over.

Here are all the scores from the weekend.

Oaksey v South Cerney

South Cerney 98-9 (0 pts) Sam Catterall 27, Andy Steward 3-17, Steve Jenkins 2-2, Dan Bye 2-5

Oaksey 100-1 (19 pts) Tom Cook 65*, Ben Langridge 22*

Oaksey won by 9 wkts

Avening & Cherington v Barnsley Beeches

Barnsley Beeches 206-7 (20 pts) Josh Odom 63, Akalanka Udara 37, Andrew Walker 27, Richard Harvey 2-25, Bruce Walker 2-48

Avening & Cherington 153-10 (6 pts) Richard Harvey 43, Bruce Walker 37, Jay Thompson 5-27, Yohan Dharmathileka 3-15

Barnsley Beeches won by 53 runs

Bibury v Ashton Keynes

Bibury 229-7 (20 pts) Charlie Robinson 87, James Richardson 32, Mike Abbley 4-48

Ashton Keynes 65-10 (3 pts) Kieran Kelly 19*, Alan Thomas 5-18, Nouan Wickie 3-20, Dave Little 2-20

Bibury won by 164 runs

Oakridge v Minety & Northleach

Match cancelled - rain