Sefton takes over top spot
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Defending champions Sefton leapt to the top of the country cricket standings after a comprehensive win over Weedons on Saturday.
Cheviot and Oxford-Rangiora also picked up wins in the latest round of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day competition, while struggling Leeston-Southbridge forfeited its match against Southbrook.
The semi-finals now look likely to be played between Sefton, Leeston-Southbridge, Cheviot and Weedons.
At Sefton, Weedons were asked to bat and never got on top of a steady attack, falling all out for 130 in the 42nd over.
Tom Spall backed up his initial three wicket haul against Southbrook with another three economical wickets backed up by two from Matt Rowe.
Sefton lost an early wicket, but Tim Harrison and Harley James, then combined to finish the match in 32 overs, with nine wickets in hand.
Cheviot defended 110 at Darfield Domain against Darfield-South Malvern (DSM) to solidify their top four spot.
At Darfield Domain, Cheviot batted first with only Jack Harris, batting at number 5, looking comfortable, making 39 off 42 balls. Chris Warner bowled well for his four wickets.
Two quick wickets by Cheviot paceman Ben Rayner gave his side a sniff of victory, before Country representative Harry Fitzpatrick’s off-spin ripped through the DSM line-up to finish with 3/3 off nine overs, including six maidens.
Oxford-Rangiora continued its solid 2018 form with a crucial win over fellow cellar dwellers Lincoln.
After winning the toss at Lincoln Domain, Oxford made their way through to 160/7 off their allotted 45 overs.
Lincoln’s Blake De Haan launches an unsuccessful appeal for LBW
Calvin Scott was the rock of the innings with an unbeaten 54, that was interrupted by a ball that slipped through the grill of his helmet and broke his nose. Mark Elliot and Carlito Shalfoon were the pick of the Lincoln bowlers.
Oxford started their bowling effort with a bang, taking the first three wickets for only four runs and reducing Lincoln to 36/9. Elliot continued his good day with 47 not out, but was left stranded as Lincoln were eventually all out for 86.