Chinnor survive closure to get two wins in a week

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A RESURGENT Chinnor Cricket Club have fought the threat of closure to record two wins in a week.

The club didn’t have enough players to field a team before the season began but a surge of interest has saved it from the brink.

A final plea went out through The Thame Gazette to keep the historic club alive and it looks to have worked.

Chinnor moved up to second place by beating Brampton by one wicket in a tense OCA Division Nine match.

Batting first, Bampton scored 221-6, with David Coates taking 3-35 off 12 overs.

In reply, Chinnor reached 222 -9 in the last over, thanks to Coates (65) and a last wicket stand between Tim Airstone (39no) and Terry Gray (31no) which put on 56 runs.

The following day, Chinnor beat Stanton St John Willows in the Steve Dixon Memorail Cup to clinch a semi-final fixture with Wolvercote.

Chinnor batted first and reached 223-9 with Coates (51) reaching his second 50 of the weekend.

He was well backed up by captain Lee Taylor (38) and David Brooks (31).

In reply, SSJ Willows were all out for 188, with only Awais Nana (66) and Majid Aslam (39) making a major contribution.

Coates took 3-43 off 10 overs and Alistair Ritchie 3-38 off 6.1 overs. On both days, Coates was awarded the man-of-the-match accolade.

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