Dinton slip bottom after heavy defeat

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Dinton Cricket Club’s miserable run of form continued with a heavy eight-wicket defeat to fellow strugglers Aston Rowant at the weekend.

The result leaves Dinton rooted to the bottom of Division Two of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League, having failed to win any of their last six games.

The Oxford Road club went into the game on the back of three defeats in four and they were up against it from the start after the late withdrawal of captain Alister Gibbins

Having won the toss and chosen to bat first on a good pitch, Brian Sanders (21) and Faisal Ali (14) saw Dinton off to a reasonable start, putting on 27 for the first wicket.

When the breakthrough was made by the excellent young seam bowler Leo Bethell, though, the struggles of the Dinton top order once again were highlighted.

A burst of quick seam bowling by Gordon Harris saw Dinton crumble to 50-5, including removing stand-in captain Henry Woodward first ball, as the innings quickly subsided.

This left the lower middle order to once again pick up the pieces and try to get the visitors to a respectable total, with Kelvin Burrows leading the counter-attack as he struck six fours in a much-needed 39, while Tom Brooker finished unbeaten on 13.

However, the rest of the lower order were blown away by the experienced Wesley Morrick, who took five wickets and Dinton finished all out for 130 all, well below par.

Morrick took the bulk of the wickets for Aston Rowant, picking up five, with Bethell (2-35) and Harris (3-30) doing the rest of the damage.

Despite spirited and skilful opening spells by Faisal Ali and Nheem Amin, Dinton were unable to make the early inroads that they desperately needed to give them any hope.

Damian Shirazi batted with composure at the top of the order on his way to 58 not out, ably supported by Daniel Matthews (37). Faisal Ali (1-25) and Najam Rehman (1-13) both picked up a wicket each but Rowant reached their target inside just 29 overs and for the loss of only two wickets, and that was enough to see them leapfrog Dinton.

Dinton face a must-win game this week when they entertain fellow strugglers Cove, who are two places and 13 points better off.