CRICKET: A second unbeaten century in three matches from Nick Moorman set-up a 109-run victory at Hanborough in Cherwell League Division 3 last Saturday.
Just like at Bledlow Ridge two weeks’ previously, Moorman carried his bat throughout the Bicester innings to finish on 105 not out as the visitors rattled up 208-4.
Bicester skipper Steve Conway then led the way with the ball taking 4-22 as Hanborough were bundled out for 99.
The crushing win sees Bicester return to the top half of the table and guarantee Division 3 cricket next season following two successive promotions.
Bicester took the brave decision to bat first on a poor, wet wicket that offered considerable assistance to the bowlers.
Moorman and Rob Humphreys (23) added 58 for the second wicket in very testing conditions.
The defining partnership came for the fourth wicket between Moorman and Michael Simpson as the experienced pair put on 110. Both batsmen punished a flagging Hamborough attack with Moorman bringing up his hundred shortly before the close of the innings to cap an outstanding effort on the most difficult wicket his side had played on this season.
Simpson was dismissed in the final over for 40 but a total of over 200 was always likely to be beyond their opponents.
David Clark and Michael Speight soon found considerable movement and bounce as Bicester took the field.
Clark picked up 2 wickets to finish with 2-24 from 13 tight overs whilst there was also an early wicket for Speight as Hanborough slipped to 50-3.
Things got even worse for the hosts as Conway collected three wickets from his first three overs, including two LBWs in one over. Conway’s fourth wicket came when Humphreys juggled but managed to cling on to a skier to dismiss Rose for 24.
Martyn Oliver looked to be batting too low at number eight as he held up the push for victory with some stubborn resistance and crisp strokes. But when Speight (2-34) returned to bowl Oliver for 30, the door was opened and Richard Simpson (2-14) took two late wickets to complete the victory with 10 overs remaining.
Fittingly the final wicket fell as Moorman clung on to a high catch at long-off.
Bicester complete their season when they entertain Bledlow Village at home this Saturday.