ASTON Rowant got their Division 1 campaign off to a flying start with a five-wicket victory away to Oxford on Saturday.

Star of the show in this derby clash was South African teenager Dan Moriarty, who collected three wickets and made a valuable 31 to see the visitors over the line in a low-scoring match.

Choosing to bat first, Oxford made a horrendous start, crashing to 9-5.

Owyn Tong-Jones, Muhammad Ayub and John Barrett all fell for ducks, while Harvey Eltham was run out by Tom Condon for four, while Shami Mendis fell for one.

Skipper Jamie Perkin led a counter-attack with an unbeaten 56 off 99 balls.

His only support came from Connor Kilpatrick, who became the first of three wickets for left-arm spinner Moriarty as Oxford were shot out for just 96.

Moriarty finished with 3-23 and seamer Leo Bethell 3-25.

Rowant slipped to 23-3 in reply, but Chris Watling (45) and Moriarty, put on 67 to help the visitors to a comfortable victory.

Craig Haupt became the first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in the league during Banbury’s 84-run defeat at Henley.

The left-handed opener reached his target during his innings of 26 in Banbury’s reply of 157 all out to the hosts’ total of 241-8 from 50 overs.

Graham Beer made a promising debut for Banbury with 2-33 in ten overs.

After Haupt and Lloyd Sabin put on 60 for the first wicket, Banbury fell away against spinner Gurveer Singh, who took 5-45.

A brilliant unbeaten 97 from skipper Michael Beard helped Thame Town to a 24-run victory at Finchampstead.

After the visitors, who chose to bat first, slumped to 28-4, Beard dominated the innings.

He took an amazing 27 runs, including four sixes off the final over to lift them to 210-7 from their allocation.

Finchampstead slipped to 103-7 in reply, but rallied to 186-9 by the close, off-spinner Gamindu Kanishka taking 4-23.

Horspath tumbled to a 63-run defeat at Slough.

Having elected to bowl, Horspath were unable to stop Slough rattling up 243-6 with Lincolnshire’s Conrad Louth hitting 106 off 127 balls with one six and eight fours.

Louth shared a stand of 100 for the second wicket with Fahim Qureshi (48) and a partnership of 88 with Shahid Yousaf (41) for the third.

It looked as if Horspath may face an even bigger target at one stage, but a fightback saw the visitors pick up four late wickets for ten runs courtesy of Tom Cosford (2-37) and Darryl Brown (2-45).

Horspath were always struggling after losing opener Robbie Eason and Tom Coleman with just 16 on the board.

Mark Skelton (37) top-scored as they closed on 180-9 to secure a third batting point.

GREAT & Little Tew made a stunning recovery from 25-5 to record a 24-run victory in tense Division 2 clash at home to Burnham.

Narrowly relegated last season, Tew will be boosted by this result in their bid to bounce straight back to the top flight.

Having been put in to bat, the host were soon in deep trouble.

The innings was held together by Robbie Shurmer, who hit 52 not out, and he received good support from Tom Young (25).

Even so, their total of 115 from 38.4 overs seemed inadequate.

But Burnham also struggled in the conditions, with the Tew bowlers sharing out the wickets.

Perhaps the decisive factor were two super run outs by Curtly Slatter as the visitors were dismissed for 101 in the 44th over.

Shipton-under-Wychwood made an inauspicious start to the new campaign when they lost by eight wickets away to Buckingham Town.

Put in to bat, the visitors were soon struggling at 20-4, not helped by the running out of Luke Champion for two.

Charlie Miller tried to lead a recovery with an aggressive 47 from 56 balls, including two sixes and six fours.

Scott Harris added some tail-end resistance, but Shipton were all out for 125 in 31.2 overs.

The visitors opening attack of skipper Anupam Sanklecha and Scott Harris kept it tight in their ten-over spells, but once they came off the floodgates opened and Buckingham cruised to victory with nearly 20 overs to spare.