CRICKET MATTERS Oxfordshire have title in sights

NCCA-Logo MasterOxfordshire are closing in on their first National Counties Championship title since 1989 after dominating the third day of the four-day final against Suffolk at Tring. 

Solid batting down the order extended Oxfordshire’s lead to 346 despite the efforts of Suffolk captain, slow left-armer Jack Beaumont, who took five for 59. 


CRICKET MATTERS Oxfordshire win Western Division

NCCA-Logo MasterSuffolk and Oxfordshire will meet in the final of the National Counties Championship at Tring Park on September 5-8 following a dramatic end to the last day of the regular season. 

Suffolk snatched the Eastern Division One title from the grasp of neighbours Norfolk after a record-breaking last wicket partnership between Adam Mansfield and Ben Claydon clinched an improbable one wicket win over Staffordshire at Copdock. 


NATIONAL COUNTIES Championship day two round-up

NCCA-Logo MasterEuan Woods kept Berkshire in the hunt for a fifth straight National Counties Championship with a brilliant all-round performance in their Western Division One match against Cheshire at the Falkland club in Newbury. 

After Cheshire slow left-armer David Wainwright had returned his Championship-best figures of six for 38 to help dismiss Berkshire for 190 in their first innings, Woods then triggered a collapse which saw Cheshire lose their last seven wickets for 15 runs. 


NATIONAL COUNTIES Championship day one round-up

NCCA-Logo MasterOxfordshire improved their prospects of topping Western Division One of the National Counties Championship and reaching next month’s final by dismissing Dorset for 129 on the opening day at Wimborne. 

Despite fielding a much-changed side to the one that ended Berkshire’s seven-year unbeaten run last week, Oxfordshire soon had Dorset in trouble at 22 for four after their hosts had won the toss. 


CRICKET Herefordshire win promotion to Western One

NCCA-Logo MasterBedfordshire and Herefordshire secured the two promotion places in the new National Counties Championship with comfortable victories over Northumberland and Wales NC in the penultimate round of matches.

Bedfordshire completed their season with an innings and 50 runs win over Northumberland at Jesmond. Their unassailable lead at the top of Eastern Division Two was confirmed while they were heading home down the A1 when Buckinghamshire were beaten by 158 runs by Cumbria at Furness.


NATIONAL COUNTIES Day two review & scores

NCCA-Logo MasterBerkshire’s 36-match unbeaten record - which stretches back to August 2014 -  is under threat after Oxfordshire dismissed them for 140 and then turned a first innings lead of 154 into 419 by the close thanks to a composed century from Ollie Ebsworth-Burland on his home club ground at Thame. 

Ebsworth-Burland also made a second innings century on his only previous appearance for Oxfordshire – also at Thame – two years ago and, having made 81 in the first innings of this match he again prospered against a Berkshire side hoping to win the Championship for a record fifth consecutive time. 


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