Horley pipped visiting Great & Little Tew on countback in a thrilling Bernard Tollett Oxfordshire Cup quarter-final tie.
Having exactly matched Tew’s 139-9, Horley were unsure who had won as the sides left the field.
But a quick check on the rules revealed countback should decide the clash, with Horley’s 133-7 after 19 overs beating Tew’s 127-8.
Jon Hart (3-37) helped restrict Tew first up before Dave Clark (65) played Horley’s key innings, despite Matt Woods’s 4-18.
There was more drama at Ship-ton-under-Wychwood where the hosts beat Banbury by one wicket.
Craig Haupt (55) was the mainstay of Banbury’s 175-8.
The visitors reduced Shipton to 8-3 inside three overs, but some big hitting from Joe Barrett (57), Tim Senior (44) and George Seacole (43) turned the tide.
Shipton still had it all to do at 169-9 after 19 overs. But Banbury captain Jimmy Phillips, who had to step in as his side’s umpire, signalled they had used up the allotted 75 minutes to bowl their overs.
This meant six penalty runs and put the scores level before Shaun Milller hit the second ball of the final over for four.
Horspath’s home clash with Ast-on Rowant last night was abandoned due to rain.
Oxford beat Cumnor in the other quarter-final.
BERNARD TOLLETT OXFORDSHIRE CUP
Quarter-finals Banbury 175-8 (C Haupt 55, N Hawkes 39), Shipton-under-Wychwood 179-9 (19.2 ovs, J Barrett 57, T Senior 44, G Seacole 43).
Great & Little Tew 139-9 (J Hart 3-37), Horley 139-9 (D Clark 65, M Woods 4-18). Horley win on countback.
Aston Rowant 122-8 (20 ovs, B Watling 54, A Krol 4-28), Horspath 11-2 (3.1 ovs) – abandoned.
WILF BENNETT TROPHY
Quarter-finals Kidlington 133-7 (S Litten 72no, B Madden 3-9), Witney Mills 136-1 (16.3 ovs, P Claridge 52no, M Evans 45).
Thame Town 138-7 (J Creighton 70), Abingdon Vale 129-7 (J Butcher 32no, A Thomas 3-14).
Oxford Downs 167-3 (J France 62no, W Bartlett 37), Challow & Childrey 131-8 (I Jones 42).
Tiddington w/o Bicester & North Oxford.
Draw for semi-finals (July 8) to be made this weekend.
THERE was an exciting finish to the Cherwell League representative side’s fixture at Horley, with the hosts winning by one wicket with just a ball to spare.
In the fourth of nine games to celebrate the league’s 40th anniversary, Cherwell made 196-9 from their 40 overs, Ed Somerston making 63.
Horley needed five runs from the final over with the last pair at the crease. Matt Brice struck the fifth ball to the boundary to seal victory.
Scores: Cherwell League Representative XI 196-9 (40 ovs, E Somerton 63, P Papenfus 3-49), Horley 197-9 (39.5, J Kubinek 3-42).
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