Wes Morrick and skipper Josh Smith starred as Aston Rowant gained a superb five-wicket away to champions Henley to stay joint top of Home Counties Premier League Division 1.

Morrick returned 1-18 in ten overs to keep the hosts in check after they had chosen to bat first.

Good support came from spinner Daniel Moriarty (3-31), as Henley struggled to break the shackles.

Top-scorer Matthew Rowe was run out for 78 as Henley were bowled out for 219 in 49.4 overs.

George Reid, with fluent a 59 off 83 balls gave Rowant a great start, but they lost three wickets for ten runs and the game was in the balance at 137-5.

But Smith, with an aggressive unbeaten 60 off 73 balls and Morrick (41no) saw the visitors home with nine balls to spare.

A splendid spell of 4-17 in ten overs by Steven Green helped Banbury dismiss Slough for 161 after the hosts had chosen to bat first.

Bradley Taylor and Richard West took two wickets each, as only Conrad Louth (51) played with freedom.

Despite Craig Haupt’s disciplined 68 from 116 balls, the result was in the balance with Banbury on 121-7, but Green guided them home with three wickets and three overs to spare.

Horspath slipped to a tense two-wicket defeat in the last over at home to Tring Park .

After choosing to bat, the hosts slumped to 77-6 with David Brent (3-36) doing the early damage.

But Stephen Green (54) and skipper Will Eason (44no) shared an 86-run stand for the seventh wicket to take Horspath to 183-7 off their 50 overs.

Green’s maiden Home Counties half-century came off 96 balls with five fours, before he fell to a brilliant caught and bowled dismissal by Simon Stanway, who finished with 2-30.

Horspath then reduced Tring to 71-4 with Liam Manley (2-28) leading the way, backed up by some smart catches.

But Michael Payne, who hit seven fours in his 52 off 102 deliveries, and Brent (32) put on 55 for the fifth wicket to inch Tring towards their target as Darryl Brown picked up 3-33.

Needing six to win off the last over with two wickets standing, Jake Seagrave hit two boundaries to clinch victory with two balls to spare at 186-8.

Oxford are bottom of the table after losing by seven wickets at Finchampstead.

Mohammad Ayub (43) and skipper Jamie Perkin (42) top-scored as the visitors were dismissed for 220 after choosing to bat first.

The Berkshire side eased home with 16 balls to spare, thanks to a third-wicket stand of 154 between Dan Lincoln (91no) and Greg Smith (67).

Thame Town slipped to a heavy140-run defeat at High Wycombe.

Although Ed Casterton (116) and skipper Nathan Hawkes (90) put on 188 for the first wicket after the hosts had been put in to bat, Thame did well to restrict them to 266-4 from their 50 overs.

But the Thame batsmen had no answer to Wycombe seamers Jon Burden (5-28) and Cameron Parsons (3-22) and were shot out for 126 in 33.5 overs.

Robbie Shurmer played a key all-round role as Great & Little Tew defeated visitors Amersham by five wickets to keep up with the Division 2 pacesetters.

Tew, relegated from the top flight last season, are just a point behind leaders Chesham after their second win in two games.

Shurmer took an early wicket after Tew had put their opponents in to bat.

The seamer finished with 2-23 in nine overs as the hosts kept a tight rein on the Amersham batsmen.

Thanks to Ed Bowcock (38) and a dogged 33 not out from Stanley Walsh, Amersham managed to reach 174-8 from their 50 overs, Ian Bryan finishing with an impressive 3-28.

Despite Joe White’s 41, Tew were perilously placed at 106-5 in reply, but then Curtly Slatter (39no) and Shurmer (28no) added 69 to see them home with 4.1 overs to spare.

Shipton-under-Wychwood’s weak batting line-up was cruelly exposed as they were shot out for 52 in their ten-wicket defeat at Wokingham.

At one stage, the visitors, who had five ducks, were a disastrous 19-8 and in danger of surpassing the lowest total in league history – Bicester & North Oxford’s 25 against Farnham Royal in 2006.

But Ben Norgrove’s unbeaten 13 helped them to 52 all out, a total that included nine extras.

Wokingham knocked off the runs without loss inside 13 overs.