ADDERBURY are Division 4 champions in their first season.

A 6-0 whitewash of Hanborough sealed the title as Adderbury picked up silverware in their maiden campaign in the Oxford & District Bowls League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries.

Banbury Central B look best-placed to also win promotion to Division 3 after beating West Oxford 41/2-11/2.

Fellow challengers Chad-lington surprisingly lost to Florence Park.

Oxford University Press comfortably beat South Oxford B 5-1 in the division’s other match.

Banbury Central A closed in on the Division 1 title with an excellent 5-1 victory in their top-of-the-table clash away at City & County A.

It leaves them needing a win against struggling Witney Mills to confirm the league title.

There was a derby at the other end of the table, as Witney Mills condemned neighbours West Witney to relegation and ensured they will continue to play in Division 1 next year after a 5-1 win.

It remains tight at the top of Division 2, with any one of five clubs able to claim the title in the final round and four of the top five playing each other.

Charlbury’s 5-1 win over Witney Town in a rain-affected game sees them go top by a point – but just two and a half separate the leading quintet.

Previous leaders South Oxford A surprisingly lost 4-2 to Kidlington in a close contest, with Melvin Brain’s 11-shot winning margin giving his side an eight-shot success.

And it was close in the division’s other two matches as Charlbury beat Bicester by just five shots in a 41/2-11/2 win.

Shiplake defeated Thame 4-2, with just a single shot proving the difference after Jim Bland cut the losing margin of his rink to one point at the death.

Woodstock were relegated from Division 3 despite beating Bloxham 51/2-1/2 after fellow strugglers Blackbird Leys and City & County B recorded shock victories away at top two Watlington and Chipping Norton by 4-2 and 5-1 scorelines respectively.

James Baldwin was the hero for Leys, winning his rink by nine-shots to give his side a single-shot margin of victory and ensure that the battle to avoid relegation goes down to the final round.

Headington B saw off Oxford Sports Club by six shots to set up a title decider against Watlington.