THAME Town returned to top spot in Home Counties Premier League Division 2 as an exciting title race took another twist.

Michael Beard’s side hammered Dinton by 120 runs at home, leapfrogging rivals Oxford, who slipped to a 26-run defeat at Chesham.

It means Thame lead by five points with two games to go.

Thame elected to bat with Beard (53) and Callum Russell (51) hitting half-centuries.

Olliver Ebsworth-Burland contributed 38 and Thomas Bamford 35 as the home side posted 247 all out.

Dinton slipped to 8-2 and were never in the hunt, despite the efforts of Eliot Lloyd (48no).

Hassam Mushtaq claimed 4-23 as they could only reach 127-9.

Oxford lost top spot after defeat at Chesham.

Jason Rance top-scored with an unbeaten 97 in the home side’s 181 all out, overseas left-arm seamer Samad Fallah claiming 4-42.

Oxford struggled in reply, slipping to 15-1 and 23-3, with Owyn Tong-Jones the only player to score more than 30, as Jamie Perkin’s side were dismissed for 155.

Oxford Downs slipped deeper into relegation trouble after a 35-run defeat at Burnham.

They are now only seven points above the drop zone as the season nears its finish.

Downs’ Richard Sillars took 5-57 as Burnham were dismissed for 266, thanks to the efforts of Fahad Raja (77) and Raza Ali Dar (66).

The visitors were reduced to 15-1, but a 92-run second-wicket partnership between

Sillars (63) and George Sandbach (57) put them back on track.

However, once they both fell, wickets fell regularly as Downs were all out for 231.

Horspath’s three-year stay in Division 1 came to an end when they were relegated following a 96-run home defeat by Datchet with two games still to play.

The visitors rattled up 304-8 after being put in to bat with Bobby Sher (71) and David Brent (54) leading the way.

They were backed up by Joe Thomas and Vishal Aeri, who made 32 apiece, as Will Eason took 4-53.

Horspath were then soon in trouble at 10-2.

Tom Cosford hammered 42 and Tom Coleman chipped in with 34 only for the hosts to slump to 122-7.

Robbie Eason salvaged some respectability with 67, before Horspath were all out for 208.

Second-placed Banbury beat Slough by 40 runs at home.

Olly Clarke hit an unbeaten 88 as the hosts set 215-6.

Ollie Wright then claimed 4-49 and Richard West 3-25 as Banbury dismissed their visitors for 175.

Aston Rowant claimed a six-wicket win at Buckingham Town.

Leo Bethell took 3-44 as the home side, who chose to bat, posted 180-8, Jonny Cater hitting an unbeaten 70.

Rowant slipped to 5-2, but Josh Smith (79no) and Chris Watling (51no) helped them reach 182-4.

Meanwhile, Henley have been crowned champions.