BICESTER and North Oxford CC (BNOCC) returned to winning ways with a five-wicket home victory over Great Brickhill, thanks to 92 not out from in the in-form Alister Gibbins.
In their limited overs league game, Great Brickhill won the toss and chose to bat but quickly found themselves in trouble with the fiery bowler Andy Godbold (3-34), impressing with the ball.
An innings of 82 not out from Drew Burrows was the most resistance the visitors could muster as they finished on 190-9 from their 50 overs.
There were two wickets apiece for Dan Savin, Danny Clark and Chris de Kock who ably backed-up Godbold.
In reply, Bicester found themselves in a little trouble at 60-3 but any worries were quickly banished by Gibbins and Olly Ward.
The pair guided BNOCC to the brink of victory but Ward was dismissed just short of the line.
It was left to Savin and Gibbins to knock off the winning runs with Gibbins selflessly foregoing his century at the expense of helping his side seal victory and with it, the 25 points.
Bicester’s second and third XIs also put in strong performances but both were held to draws by Horspath and Dinton respectively.
Runs for Warwick Bradfield (86 not out), Ben Clark (73 not out) and Adam Gould (60) got the seconds to a competitive 272-4 from 45 overs.
Trevor Price (3-10) and Liam Randall (3-20), meant Horspath were never in the hunt but they held on for the draw, finishing on 117-6.
For the thirds, opening batsmen Mark Adams (127) and Stevyn Jackson (53) helped them to 292-5 from 45 overs but Dinton batted out the game, ending on 145-7.
– Matthew Brown