Trouble at Mills for struggling Chearsley

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Chearsley struggled to post a challenging total for visitors Witney Mills and went down by eight wickets in Cherwell League Division Four on 

Skipper Veness lost the toss and the hosts were inserted. He and Andy Crichton gave them a good start untilthe latter was out for 12 at 25.

Veness (22) and Neil Davies (14) took the score to 59 when both fell in quick succession.

This brought together Matt Ricketts and Charlie Parker they added 76 for the fourth wicket the former making 27 and the latter top-scoring with 37.

They were both out with the score on 126 and apart from George Miller (21 no), none of the latter batsmen made any telling contribution.

They were all out for 186 in the 41st over. Dan Swindells, Pierre Lefort and Chaminda all took three wickets for the visitors.

This meant Mills had 59 overs to get the runs, and they didn’t need anything like that amount. The home side badly missed their bowling spearhead Ed Holland.

Mills did lose skipper Mike Dove to the second ball of the innings, but Pete Claridge (29) and Dan Swindells added 117 for the second wicket, Chearsley paying dearly for dropping both early on.

When Claridge fell this brought in veteran Malcolm Evans who hit eight boundaries including four sixes in his unbeaten 45 and Swindells finished on exactly 100 not out, Mills winning by eight wickets and nearly 26 overs to spare.

Chearsley, who sit second from bottom in the division, visit Brackley on Saturday.

Dinton seconds were unable to see off the Oxford Downs seconds batsmen in their Division Three game and lost by two wickets.

Dinton won the toss and chose to bat on a firm deck at Oxford Downs.

At 45-1 Dinton seemed to have found some much needed stability with their batting and a platform to build a meaningful score with Mark Ludlow and Faisal Ali at the crease. However, both Ludlow and Ali (27) were removed within the space of two overs and 45-1 quickly became 92-6. Some lusty blows from Tyrone Burrows (17) along with the dependable Matt Kellaway (52no) took Dinton to a well below par score of 146 all out.

The Oxford Downs reply began and Faisal Ali (17-4-35-2) soon had them under pressure, supported by Pete Baker and Neil Davies chipping in with a wicket each.

The score of 55-4 should have got worse for the home side but skipper Davies shelled two catches at slip along with two other dropped catches meant they were at 105-4 before the introduction of Mark Ludlow to the attack.

Ludlow bowled with decent pace and bounce to take four quick wickets to reduce Downs to 124-8 giving Dinton renewed optimism.

However, another dropped catch when the score was on 130 allowed the home side to get to their target for the loss of eight wickets.

There was another defeat for the Hermits IIs despite a good bowling performance. They again let themselves down by a lack of application in the middle with the bat and some indifferent catching. They are second from bottom.

It was better news for Chearsley IIs, who played for the first time in three weeks and had a very good win at Kimble seconds in Division Nine.

Skipper Lazaruk won the toss and inserted the home team. Their total of 180 was built around scores of 41 by both Arun Singh and Pete Dumbarton. Ben

Caiger took career best figures of 4 for 31 and Mark Claridge weighed in with 2 for 45.

Stuart Burnham (59) and Jonathan Hirst (9) gave the visitors a great start with 67 for the first wicket and Mark Claridge (40) kept up the good work.

Sam Warren was unbeaten at the end with 36 as was John Holland on 12, the victory coming with five overs and seven wickets to spare.