WINSLOW Town’s promotion hopes took a blow as they succumbed to a dismal eight-wicket defeat to Oxfordshire Cricket Association Division Three leaders Chipping Norton.
The result means Winslow slide to third in the table, six points behind Clifton Hampden with four games remaining.
Going into the game level on points with Norton, a win would have been a huge boost to Winslow but that never looked likely.
After skipper Glyn Davies had chosen to bat first, Winslow quickly found themselves 19-3 before Jamie Litherland (19) and Callum Price (30) came together to put together a promising partnership. The pair put on 46 for the fourth wicket but Litherland’s unfortunate dismissal then sparked a collapse.
From 65-3, Winslow crashed to 94 all out as Kevin Duester did the damage with 4-13 from 6.4 overs.
The Chipping Norton reply was a patient one as they knew the importance of victory but Litherland’s early wicket gave Winslow some hope. But it proved to be a false dawn as the hosts cruised to victory with only Price able to make another breakthrough.
Winslow host Witney Swifts this Saturday knowing a win is a must if they are to keep up their promotion hopes alive.