CHRIS Eaton carried his bat for a superb century, but it was all in vain for Aston Rowant 2nd as they lost by five wickets at Abingdon Vale in Cherwell League Division 1.

Rowant elected to bat first, and opener Eaton compiled an excellent innings of 104 not out as Rowant posted 214-7 in their 50 overs.

His innings came off 150 balls and included 11 fours.

Vale got off to a flying start in their reply, reaching 75-0 in just the tenth over.

And from that position of strength, they had no problems chasing the target.

Opener Will Barker top-scored with 63, before Tim Chilvers blasted a quickfire 35 as his side reached 215-5 with more than 11 overs to spare.

Harry McNeilly was the star after his excellent bowling display helped Tiddington to at 41-run triumph at home to Twyford in Division 1.

The win moved the victors up to fourth, while Twyford dropped into the bottom two.

Twyford opted to field first, and it appeared to be a sound decision as Tom Weymes removed opener Peter King and No 3 McNeilly for ducks.

Archie Davis quickly followed for nine, leaving the hosts languishing on 20-3.

A 53-run stand between Will Cooper (28) and Chris Goodman (29) helped to steady the ship, before Nick Pykett added 41 off 40 balls.

But wickets kept on tumbling, Bilal Afzal taking 3-10 and Fawad Khan 3-44 as Tiddington were all out in the 41st over for 156.

The hosts got off to a good start in Twyford’s reply, as Shahid Mahmood became the first of McNeilly’s four victims.

They reached 46-1 before losing four wickets for no runs as McNeilly claimed a further three wickets and Max Smith removed opener Shabaz Alam for 27.

From that position, Twyford never recovered.

Neil Smith took 3-20 in eight overs, while Ben Smith wrapped things to dismiss the visitors for 115

Horspath 2nd finally got off the mark at the tenth attempt, easing to a six-wicket victory at Cumnor.

But despite a first win of the campaign, they remain 26 points adrift at the foot of the table.

Alex Hodder-Williams was the mainstay of Cumnor’s 199 all out with 78, Ian Slatcher inflicting most of the damage with 5-49.

Jamie Stead (66) then led Horspath’s reply as they eased to 200-4 in the 45th over and a maiden success.

Oxford Downs fell to a two-wicket defeat at Dinton in a thrilling clash.

Batting first, Downs set a competitive 226-7, Will Watts top-scoring with 55.

Wasim Mehmood (3-39) shone with the ball as Dinton lost regular wickets, but 71 from Brennan Gough – son of former England paceman Darren – saw Dinton home at 231-8.

Banbury 2nd were no match for fellow high-fliers Long Marston as they crashed to a 126-run defeat.

The visitors amassed 284-8, Sam Bastin top-scoring with 80, and Archie Hammond hitting 78.

Richard Simpson was Banbury’s star, taking 5-55.

Young George Tait scored 43 in Banbury’s reply, but they fell to 158 all out, with Andrew Lane taking 4-25.