GREAT & Little Tew boosted their chances of avoiding relegation from Division 1 with a stunning nine-wicket victory over Banbury.

Led by Andy Harris’s five wickets, Tew shot out the hosts for 124 and then romped home, thanks to a century opening stand by Harry Smith and Joe White.

Tew’s victory, which came against all the odds, puts them one point behind third-from-bottom Slough and gives them a great chance of avoiding the drop.

After the visitors had chosen to field, Tew struck two crucial early blows when dismissing Banbury openers Craig Haupt and Ollie Clarke in the first three overs.

Charlie Hill (42) arrested the decline with support from Lloyd Sabin and Jack Wilkins and at 89-4 they looked like posting a useful total.

But after breaking the stand, Harris whipped through the lower order, taking 5-37 as the last six wickets fell for 35 runs.

Smith, who made 62 not out off 87 balls with two sixes and five fours, and Joe White, whose 54 came off 79 deliveries, made light of the Banbury bowling, the only wicket being taken by spinner Jamie Curtis just before victory was achieved.

A marathon spell from Samad Fallah paved the way for Oxford’s six-wicket success at home to Tring Park.

The left-arm seamer bowled throughout the innings taking 5-61 off 25 overs, as the visitors struggled to 161 all out. The only resistance came from Charlie Macdonell with 70.

An opening stand of 61 between Ben Charlesworth and Owyn Tong-Jones put Oxford on course for victory, before Muhammad Ayub sped them home with 66 not out from 60 balls, with 11 fours, as they got home in the 44th over.

Brothers Robbie and Will Eason’s salvage operation allied to heavy rain saw Horspath escape with a draw from their trip to High Wycombe.

Horspath, put in to bat on a damp, green pitch, were reduced to 55-6, with Xavier Owen (4-15) ripping through the top order.

But the Eason brothers dug in to frustrate Wycombe by putting on 52 for the seventh wicket.

Robbie made 40 from 99 balls, while Will was equally stubborn with 44 from 108 deliveries.

Horspath closed on 150-9 from 59 overs, with both sides’ allocation reduced by five overs due to a rain break before lunch.

Will Eason then bowled Henry Moore with the fourth ball of Wycombe’s innings, but the hosts reached 64-1 off 11.2 overs before it was abandoned as a draw with 70 overs completed.