WILL Watts starred with bat and ball as Oxford Downs secured a crushing 151-run victory at home to Challow & Childrey in Division 1 of the Cherwell League.

Watts top-scored with an unbeaten 51 as Downs posted 207-7 in their 50 overs, Chris Sandbach chipping in with 43 as Hugh Atkinson took 4-30.

It soon proved to be a target way beyond Challow, for whom only skipper Ryan Gordon (22) made double figures in their total of 56.

There were four ducks as Watts took 4-2 and Johnny Law 4-29.

Cumnor stayed top of the table after posting a 45-run win at Twyford.

Harry Ackland hit 38 as Cumnor were bowled out for 193, Atif Ali taking 4-53.

Mohammed Fayyaz scored 40 in Twyford’s reply, but Ackland took 3-35 as the hosts were bowled out for 148.

Banbury 2nd saw off hosts Abingdon Vale by three wickets.

Put in to bat, Vale posted 204 all out, Paul Butcher hitting 45 not out and Amith Premkumar 41.

Banbury reached the target with 11 balls to spare, thanks to James Mokler (95) and George Tait (54), despite Joe Butcher’s 4-31.

Tiddington fell to a four-wicket defeat against visitors Long Marston.

The hosts were all out for 201 thanks to Will Goodman’s 84 and Charlie Elliott’s 42, Alastair Bee taking 5-41 for the visitors.

Marston reached 202-6 with two overs left, Ewan Crawley top-scoring with 50.

Garth Davson scored a century in Great Brickhill’s 110-run win at Buckingham Town 2nd.

The hosts racked up 272-5, Davson hitting 100 and Doug Aris 81. Davson then claimed 3-7 as Buckingham were bowled out for 162.

In Division 2, Graham Judd took seven wickets as Westbury maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with an exciting 11-run win over hosts Didcot.

Westbury opted to bat first, and posted 221-7 as Will Gurney top-scored with 49 and George Markham hit 45 not out.

Elliot Matthews scored 69 in Didcot’s reply, but they were constantly pegged back by Judd, who took 7-39, eventually falling to 210 all out with two balls left.

A last-wicket stand of 29 saw Cropredy to an unlikely but thrilling one-wicket win at Horspath 2nd.

Cropredy restricted their hosts to 186-9 in their 50 overs, Patrick Somerton taking 3-27 and Jamie Stead top-scoring with 40.

Opener Saim Hussain hit 44 in Cropredy’s reply, but it was only a last-wicket stand between James Coleman (46no) and Patrick Somerton that saw Cropredy to victory, Ryan Hicks taking 3-10.

Aston Rowant 2nd edged out hosts Bledlow Village by one run in another thrilling finish.

In a low-scoring match, Rowant were all out for 107, Chris Eaton hitting 50.

But Chris Leaney then claimed 5-23 as Bledlow fell for 106 in their reply.

Sandford St Martin lost by 40 runs at Leighton Buzzard, who had racked up 304-8 in their 50 overs.

Phil Whatmore (71) top-scored for the home side, with Chris Thompson taking 4-47.

Mark Robey (61) and Thompson (55) batted well in Sandford’s reply, but they were eventually bowled out for 264.

Oxford 2nd lost by 49 runs at Wolverton Town.

Sean Potter (51) and Aky Hussain (50) saw Wolverton to 255 all out, Abdullah Sadiqi taking 4-66.

Sadiqi then hit 38 in Oxford’s reply, but they were dismissed for 206.

In-form Dan Savin starred with bat and ball in Bicester & North Oxford’s 103-run victory at Banbury 3rd in Division 3.

Bicester posted 253-7, Savin scoring 88 and Nick Moorman 54, Sophie Mitchelmore taking 3-38 for the hosts.

In reply, Banbury never got close, closing on 150-8 as Neil Megson hit 35 and Savin took 3-14.

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts won a high-scoring thriller at Horley by seven runs, with both sides scoring more than 300.

Nondies opted to bat first and rattled up 319-9 as Chris Day struck 114 and Garry Adamson 62.

Horley put up a sperb chase, but were all out for 311, despite a brilliant 129 for Dave Eaton and 60 for Nick Tarrant.

Minster Lovell remain the only unbeaten side in the division after posting a 38-run win at home to Stokenchurch.

Connor Tinsley (53) top-scored for Minster as they were bowled out for 226 in the 48th over.

Chris North then scored 51 in Stokenchurch’s reply, but were all out for 188 as Elliot Graham took 3-42.

Oxford Downs 2nd brushed aside hosts Great & Little Tew 2nd by seven wickets.

Wasim Mehmood took 4-19 to help to restrict Tew to 143-9 in their 50 overs.

Downs wasted little time in reaching 144-3 in the 29th over, Andrew Russell top-scoring with 76 not out.

Cublington got off the mark with a 91-run win at Great Brickhill 2nd.

Owen Venables struck 88 as Cublington set 327-8 in their 50 overs.

Maicol Javed then struck 110 in Brickhill’s reply, but they were all out for 236.


LATE RUNS: Liam Hare nudges this one to leg during his unbeaten 22 for Witney Mills in their Division 4 defeat at the hands of East Oxford Picture: Richard Cave

In Division 4, Fawad Khan was the star for East Oxford as his six-wicket haul helped his side to a five-wicket win at home to Witney Mills in Division 4.

After winning the toss, East Oxford had no hesitation in putting Mills into bat on a damp and green pitch following the heavy rain of the preceding days.

And Mills could find no answer to the bowling of Khan, who returned superb figures of 6-27 in his ten overs.

Abdul Saleem took the first wicket to fall, bowling Sam Cross for two, before Khan took control.

In an uninterrupted ten-over spell, he removed the next five batsmen with a combination of line and length proving too good for Mills.

In the lower order, it was only Dylan Delport (24) and Liam Hare (22no) who got Mills above 100 as they were dismissed for 107 in the 41st over.

The visitors needed a good start as East Oxford began their chase – and they got it as Ali Shah was caught off the bowling of Ollie Burney for just five.

But Mubasher Hassan top-scored with 41 to steady the ship, as they reached 108-5 with more than 25 overs to spare, the home side eased to victory as the conditions dried out and batting became easier.

Thame Town 2nd crushed hosts Charlbury by 192 runs to stay clear at the top with a 100 per cent record.

Charlbury inserted the visitors, who proceeded with few alarms to 275-5, James Nielson top-scoring with 67.

Rafe Dickie hit 53 as he and Nielson put on impressive 113 for the opening wicket.

A late impetus to the innings was provided by Jack Aston, who smashed a quickfire 48, which included three fours and three sixes.

Charlbury were then skittled out for just 83, as Jonathan Jelfs took 3-18 and Dan Patey 3-21.

Abingdon Vale 2nd recorded their first victory of the season with a welcome six-wicket win at Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd.

Three wickets apiece for skipper Matthew Darley, Matthew Bell and Luke Maslen helped to dismiss Shipton for just 121.

Vale eased to 122-4 in the 23rd over to secure maximum points for the first time since their promotion last season.

Shipton helped them to a rapid victory by bowling 22 wides.

Tiddington 2nd easily defeated hosts Long Marston 2nd by seven wickets.

Joseph Elliott returned the remarkable figures of 4-8 off ten overs – which included six maidens – as Marston were restricted to 153-8 in their 50 overs.

John Mackie and Peter King then both hit 45 as Tiddington eased to 156-3.

Bletchley Town beat hosts Brackley by 18 runs.

After scoring 161 all out, Bletchley dismissed their rivals for 143.

To compound a disappointing day, Bletchley also had five points deducted.

Cropredy 2nd maintained their 100 per cent record in Division 5 as they thrashed visitors Dinton 2nd by nine wickets.

George Buckingham took 4-29 as Dinton were shot out for a paltry 86, before Charlie Wise hit 59 not out to lead Cropredy to 89-1 in the 13th over.

Father and son Kelvin and Dylan Driscoll shone as Cumnor 2nd beat visitors Aston Rowant 3rd by four wickets.

Thad Cooper had struck 94 as Rowant posted 204-9 in their 50 overs, youngster Dylan Driscoll taking 3-17.

Kelvin Driscoll then hit 67 and Dylan struck 33 to steer Cumnor home at 205-6.

Horspath 3rd were too strong for visitors Chearsley, as they won a truncated match by 104 runs.

The game was reduced to 30 overs per side as the pitch was given time to dry out after heavy rain the day before.

Craig Wharton then hit 99 and Andrew Roberts 50 as Horspath racked up 231-3.

Chearsley were then bowled out for 127.

Didcot 2nd fell to a seven-wicket defeat at Kimble.

Sam Couldrick (47) and Luke Higgins (35) helped Didcot set a respectable 210-8 in their 50 overs.

However, Kimble reached 212-3 with more than four overs left, Peter Dumbarton top-scoring with 52.

Kingston Bagpuize were put to the sword by Leighton Buzzard Town 2nd’s Wayne Tyas as they lost by seven wickets.

Kingston posted 253-7 in their 50 overs, James Boon top-scoring with 60.

But Tyas then hammered 157 not out off 153 balls to steer Buzzard home at 254-3.

Aston Rowant 4th proved much too strong for visitors Great & Little Tew 3rd as they won by 161 runs in Division 7.

Adrian Summons struck 91 as Rowant racked up 251-5 in their 45 overs, before William Senior took 3-25 as Tew were shot out for 90 in reply.

Harry Smith hit an unbeaten 84 as Westbury 2nd beat East Oxford 2nd by six wickets.

Ed Curtis starred for Tiddington 3rd as they ran out comprehensive 153-run winners at Stokenchurch 2nd in Division 9.

Stokenchurch put Tiddington in to bat, and they posted 197-6 in their 45 overs, Andrew Cashman top-scoring with 63.

The home side then had no answer to Curtis, who took 5-17, while Ellie Noble claimed 3-9 as they were shot out for 44.

In Division 10, Cropredy 3rd completed a perfect day for the club, running out five-wicket winners at Aston Rowant 5th.

Adrian Beecroft carried his bat with 79 not out as Cropredy successfully chased down Rowant’s total of 141 all out.

Elsewhere, Lee James took 5-13 as Bicester & North Oxford 3rd beat Thame Town 4th by four wickets after skittling their visitors out for just 50.