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CRICKET: League probe after duo left in dark
11:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
THE league are to hold an inquiry into the circumstances that led to Abingdon Vale 2nd conceding their home Division 5 match to Leighton Buzzard 2nd.
The destination of the title depends on the outcome as Leighton will pip Great Brickhill if they are awarded the game.
If the match is deemed a draw, then Brickhill will be champions by a point. Jason Cardy (48), Chris Butcher (35) and Paul Butcher (31) set up Vale’s 196 all out, while Gareth Benger took 4-60.
Mark Burfoot’s 64 looked like taking Town to maximum points.
After a delay, Abingdon were given 70 minutes to bowl their final 20 overs.
At 7.30 – the time that all matches must finish under the rules of the league – there were still five overs remaining.
The umpires let the match continue, and with two overs left at 7.45, and darkness descending, Abingdon told the umpires it was too dangerous to continue play and conceded with the visitors on 183-6.
Once they have received both umpires’ reports, the league will adjudicate.
Abingdon Vale 2nd 14pts, Leighton Buzzard Town 2nd 10
Tiddington 2nd defeated Great Brickhill 2nd. Andy Parke (77) and Jon Talbot (43) took Tiddington to 244-9, then Parke (4-27) and Neil Smith (4-28) dismissed Brickhill for 133.
Tiddington 2nd 25 Great Brickhill 2nd 6 Kimble crushed Cumnor 2nd. Phil Semmens finished with season’s best figures of 5-55 from 17 overs, while James Russell took 3-35 from 16 as the hosts were felled for 92.
Steve Richards (54) was the only man out as Kimble reached 93-1.
Cumnor 2nd 1, Kimble 25
Challow & Childrey drew at Thame Town 2nd who made 273-6 through Guy Holmes (88) and Paddy Harris (79). But Liam Brown put up some stern resistance with 46 and Sam Bond 34 as Challow closed on 190-7.
Thame Town 2nd 18, Challow & Childrey 2nd 6
Callaem Biel’s 5-40 helped Oxford 3rd bowl out Twyford 2nd for 149.
Saad Khari’s 4-45 was then in vain as Adam Hall (44) and Miles Picknett (34) steered Oxford towards 150-6.
Twyford 2nd 8, Oxford 3rd 25