FORMER Pakistan Test seamer Aizaz Cheema’s superb spell of 5-33 sent Horspath crashing to 94 all out and set Banbury on the way to a six-wicket victory in Division 1 at White Post Road.

Under leaden skies and on a freshly-cut green pitch, Banbury skipper Lloyd Sabin had little hesitation in bowling first.

Horspath were soon 13-2, with Cheema removing Dominic O’Connor on his return to the 1st XI after two years, while Brad Taylor picked up the wicket of James Fitzjohn, with the pair providing two of wicket-keeper Will Hawtin’s four catches.

Tom Coleman and Robbie Eason took the score to 41 before Horspath lost six wickets for just ten runs.

Cheema exploited the conditions well to pick up four more victims in his 14-over spell as the visitors collapsed to 51-8.

Mark Jefferson, who top-scored with 28, and Jamil Faruq put on 43 for the ninth wicket, before Ollie Wright mopped up the tail to finish with 4-27.

Banbury slipped to 9-2 in reply, with wicket-keeper Robbie Eason producing a direct hit as he stood back to Ian Slatcher to stump Craig Haupt, before Ollie Clarke was bowled by the former Reading paceman.

However, Sabin and Charlie Hill put on 69 for the third wicket to see them almost home.

Sabin finished unbeaten on 55 from 87 balls with a six and five fours as Banbury clinched victory in 31 overs.

Oxford dominated their rain-shortened match at High Wycombe but were just unable to force victory.

The hosts hung on for a draw at 108-9 in reply to Oxford’s 235-7.

In a match reduced to 90 overs, Oxford’s innings centred around a fourth-wicket stand of 91 between Andrew Clough, who scored 76 off 102 balls and Jamie Perkin, who made 59 not out.

A late unbeaten 25 from 15 balls by Samad Fallah lifted Oxford to a stiff target from their 49 overs.

Fallah then took four wickets as the home side slumped to 54-5, before Richard Musk ran out Kavishka Anjula, and finished with 5-67,

However, with Cameron Parsons making 20 not off 71 balls, Wycombe survived, the final pair playing out the last seven balls.

Great & Little Tew lost by five wickets at home to fellow strugglers Sloughto stay in the bottom two.

Nine batsman reached double-figures as Tew were restricted to 184-9 from 54 overs, Ali Akbar Raja taking 4-41.

Fahim Qureshi’s 68 put Slough on course for victory, although three quick wickets for Robbie Shurmer did give Tew hope at 139-5, before Feroz Baig’s unbeaten 40 saw them home in the 40th over.

ASTON Rowant suffered an alarming batting collapse as they hung on for a draw in their Division 2 top-of-the table clash at Datchet.

Set of 201 for victory from 35 overs in a rain-shortened match, Rowant slumped to 21-6 against the seam bowling of Tom Lambert (5-25) and spin of Chris Peploe.

When Will Pendered was seventh out at 39, there were still 15 overs remaining.

But Wes Morrick, who made 11 from 65 balls before being dismissed off the last ball of the game, and Adam Muttitt, who resisted 54 deliveries for his four not out, ensured that the visitors hung on at 49-8.

Earlier, a sparkling 102 from 91 balls by Steve Naylor helped Datchet reach 200 in 40.5 overs, Morrick taking 4-80 from 20 overs, and Sasha Barras 3-49.

Thame Town recorded a thrilling five-run victory away to Buckingham.

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top-scored with 70 off 100 balls as Thame, put in to bat, made 216-5 from their 54 overs.

Buckingham looked favourites at 121-2, but Andy Russell and Hassam Mushtaq each picked up three wickets as the hosts stumbled.

Thame took two wickets in the final over, including a run out by Will Rooney off the penultimate ball to seal victory.

Shipton-under-Wychwood secured a seven-wicket victory at home to Harefield.

The hosts lost their first four wickets for ten runs – three of them falling to Anupam Sanklecha (4-46) after choosing to bat first.

But his figures were bettered by left-arm spinner Shaun Miller, who mopped up tail to finish with 4-24 as Harefield mustered only 92.

Andy Hemming’s 32 led Shipton to 94-3 in the 31st over to strengthen their mid-table position.