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CRICKET: Dazzling Darby cracks century
5:58pm Monday 22nd June 2009 in Division 5
Andy Darby hit a splendid 116 not out for Great & Little Tew 2nd – but they had to settle for a draw against Bledlow Ridge 2nd in Division 5.
Darby was supported by Tom Maxwell (68) as Tew made 239-5 dec, with Richard Dryden taking 4-62.
Robert Carter (52) batted well in Ridge’s 145-8, Curtly Slatter taking 3-24.
Gt Tew 2nd 16pts, Bledlow Rid 2nd 7
Challow & Childrey 2nd looked on course for a competitive total before Wallingford's Alan Bowman took 5-15 to reduce them to 153 all out.
Nigel Hill (56) shone for Challow, but James Barrett (45) and Lee Ainsworth (44) steered the leaders to a six-wicket win.
Wallingford 25, Challow 2nd 6
Abingdon Vale 2nd came within one wicket of clinching their first win at home to Banbury 3rd.
Graham Coates (83) starred in Vale's 218-9, while Jeremy Coles took 4-68.
Sam Ryan (74) and Coles (41) then had the visitors sniffing victory, but Danny Hartley (3-42) chipped away and they fell short on 193-9.
Banbury also suffered a five-point deduction.
Abingdon Vale 2nd 16, Banbury 3rd 6
Russell Haynes hit an unbeaten 103 as Chearsley raced to an eight-wicket win at Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd.
It came after Nondies made 147 all out with only Sam White (39) showing much flair against Nick Babington (3-27).
Ox & Bletch Non 2nd 4, Chearsley 25
Bicester & North Oxford 2nd recovered from 68-5 to reach 215 all out against Leighton Buzzard Town 2nd thanks to 88 not out from Michael Simpson.
James Thomas then struck 40 in Town's 135-8.
Bicester & North Oxford 2nd 15, Leighton Buzzard 2nd 10