CUMNOR’S run in the Cricketer Village Cup was brought to a disappointing end as they fell to a

three-wicket defeat at Sarisbury Athletic.

The Oxfordshire champions were unable to repeat their batting heroics of the previous round as they were restricted to 176-9 in their 40 overs.

Hampshire side Sarisbury then edged home with just eight balls to spare to reach the quarter-finals.

Cumnor opted to bat first at Park Field and recovered well after losing two early wickets as Harry Ackland struck a fine half-century for the hosts.

Ackland scored 52 and Joe Dale 42, but the middle order were restricted by a well-drilled Sarisbury attack, led by Tom Kitcher (4-32).

Their total of 176-9 appeared below par, but they got off to an excellent start in the field as Alex Davies removed opener Sam Floyd for a duck.

However, faced with an asking rate below five an over, Sarisbury manipulated the field well to tick along nicely.

Although Davies, who was the pick of the Cumnor attack, finished with figures of 3-26 from his eight overs, the visitors never fell behind the rate.

Josh Hill, batting at No 3 for Sarisbury, anchored his side’s reply with a steady, but crucial, knock of 46.

This allowed them to reach 177-7 to end Cumnor’s superb run in the competition.