BROTHERS Chris and George Sandbach shone as Oxford Downs went top of Division 1 with a comprehensive 93-run victory at Banbury 2nd.

Despite losing Adam Beck early, Downs, who won the toss, saw the Sandbach brothers share a stand of 126 for the second wicket.

Chris top-scored with 110, including nine fours and a six, while George hit 57.

The partnership helped Downs to 224-6 in their 50 overs, Jack Wilkins taking 3-52 for the home side.

Harry Sutton then took 5-35 and Amin Rafiq 3-36, as Banbury were all out for 131 in the 36th over.

  • Banbury 2nd 8pts, Oxford Downs 25

Cumnor were knocked off top spot as they were involved in an enthralling tie with Buckingham Town 2nd.

Batting first, Buckingham posted 214-8 in their 50 overs, Jason Ell top-scoring with 38.

Joe Dale struck 53 in Cumnor’s reply, but they lost regular wickets, before Chris De Verteuill was bowled for 37 with nine balls to spare with the scores level.

  • Cumnor 18pts, Buckingham 2nd 18

Challow & Childrey are still looking for their first win after they slipped to a five-wicket defeat at home to Twyford.

They were bowled out for 158 as Zabiullah Saeed took 3-11 and Mohamed Fayyaz 3-18.

In reply, Shabaz Alam (40) and Saeed (39no) saw Twyford home at 161-5.

Challow & Childrey 7pts, Twyford 25

Tiddington posted an excellent three-wicket win at Great Brickhill

Neil Smith took 3-12 to help dismiss the hosts for 190, before Nick Pykett (56) led Tiddington to victory at 191-7 with more than three overs to spare.

  • Great Brickhill 11pts, Tiddington 25

A disastrous middle-order collapse saw Abingdon Vale lose by 31 runs at Long Marston.

Luke Maslen (3-61) led the way as Vale restricted their hosts to 177-9 off their 50 overs.

Arthur Jones was left unbeaten on 60 for Abingdon, who fell from 46-2 to 58-7 before being dismissed for 146.

  • Long Marston 25pts, Abingdon Vale 11

WESTBURY slipped to their first defeat of the Division 2 season as they succumbed to a brilliant century from Bledlow Village’s Harry Bartlett.

Bartlett smashed 109 from just 88 balls, including 12 fours and seven sixes, in Bledlow’s 240 all out.

Westbury were dismissed for 191 in the 47th over.

  • Westbury 14pts, Bledlow Village 25

Horspath 2nd won by eight wickets at Sandford St Martin.

The hosts were restricted to 198-8, before Tom Beresford (74) and Dom O’Connor (57) shared a century stand.

Jamie Stead (43no) continued their impetus as Horspath reached 200-2 with 14 overs left.

  • Sandford St Martin 6pts, Horspath 2nd 25

Aston Rowant 2nd crashed to an eight-wicket defeat at home to Leighton Buzzard Town.

Oli Shaw (57no) starred in Rowant’s 159 all out, Lee Selfe taking 4-30.

Tom Light (62no) and Phil Whatmore (43no) then led Buzzard home at 160-2 in the 29th over.

  • Aston Rowant 2nd 4pts, Leighton Buzzard Tn 25

Richard Cook’s 5-42 was in vain as Didcot fell to a four-wicket defeat at Oxford 2nd.

Will Woodley (42) top-scored in Didcot’s 183-9, Andrew Busby taking 3-32.

Cook took five of the six Oxford wickets to fall, but the hosts reached 186-6 in the 47th over to secure maximum points.

  • Oxford 2nd 25pts, Didcot 9

Cropredy were shot out for just 73 as they lost by six wickets at home to Wolverton Town.

  • Cropredy 4pts, Wolverton Tn 25

BICESTER & North Oxford beat Minster Lovell by seven wickets to stay top of Division 3.

Danny Clark took 4-35 as Minster were dismissed for just 149, before Bicester cruised to 152-3.

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts crushed visitors Great Brickhill 2nd by 206 runs as Garry Adamson smashed 128 and Wasim Mohammed hit 79.

Neil Megson produced a typically stubborn knock to steer Banbury 3rd to a three-wicket win at Cublington.

The hosts had been shot out for 129, Junaid Ali scoring 83 of them and father and son Mike and Richard Simpson taking 4-22 and 4-14 respectively.

Banbury were struggling on 575 in their reply, but a resolute Megson finished 44 not out off 157 balls to lead Banbury to 130-7 with eight balls remaining.

Horley saw off hosts Oxford Downs 2nd by 32 runs.

Andrew Stanley (61) and David Finch (51) helped Horley to 248-6 in their 50 overs.

In reply, Andrew Lake hit 56 and Freddie Smith 47, but Downs were all out for 216 as Steve Palmer took 3-47.

Stokenchurch saw off visitors Great & Little Tew 2nd by 56 runs.

They were all out in 40 overs as Josh Garrett took 5-60 and Ashley Hunt top-scored with 52.

But Tew collapsed to 145 all out in their reply.

In Division 4, Tiddington 2nd crushed visitors Charlbury by nine wickets.

Charlbury were shot out for 156 in 42.2 overs, before John Mackie (81no) and Jon Talbot (64no) led Tiddington to 157-1 with 25 overs to spare.

Witney Mills had an easy eight-wicket win over visitors Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd.

Sam Haselgrove (3-20) and Ben Madden (3-34) helped to dismiss Shipton for just 123, before Sam Buckfield hit 56 to lead Mills to 129-2.

Thame Town 2nd fell to their first defeat, going down by 18 runs against East Oxford.

Batting first, East Oxford were bowled out for 221, Mubasher Hassan top-scoring with 43.

Richard Carr stuck 77 in Thame’s reply, but Kamran Ali Shah took 3-28 as the hosts were bowled out in the penultimate over for 203.

Elsewhere, Long Marston 2nd beat Bletchley Town 2nd by 37 runs, while the match between Abingdon Vale 2nd and Brackley was cancelled due to a waterlogged ground.

Division 5 leaders Cropredy 2nd suffered a first loss as Aston Rowant 3rd ran out seven-wicket victors.

Cropredy were all out for 115, before Leigh Lewis hit 45 not out to steer Rowant to 119-3 in 25 overs.

Kingston Bagpuize saw off hosts Dinton 2nd by 19 runs.

They posted 179 all out as Jonathan Warner top-scored with 33.

Matthew Watts then took 3-35 and Colin Allen 3-43 as Dinton were bowled out for 160.

Nigel Coltman hit 90 not out for Horspath 3rd as they defeated hosts Leighton Buzzard Town 2nd by 63 runs.

Horspath set 208-8 in their 50 overs, Alex Thomas chipping in with 43.

Buzzard then fell for 145 in their reply.

Chearsley beat Kimble by 61 runs, while Didcot 2nd’s match at home to Cumnor 2nd was abandoned due to the wet ground.

Ben Elkington hit a brilliant ton as Twyford 2nd beat Oxford 3rd by 73 runs in Division 6

Elkington hammered 144 in Twyford’s 278-7, with Oxford all out for 205 in reply.

Didcot 3rd succumbed to a David De Abreu hat-trick as they lost by six wickets at Wolverton Town 2nd in Division 7.

Didcot were shot out for 124 as De Abreu took 5-26 including his treble, before the hosts cruised to 125-4.

Mark Fitzgerald claimed 5-11 for Charlbury 2nd as they beat Shipton-under-Wychwood 3rd by six wickets in Division 8.

Fitzgerald’s haul skittled Shipton for a pathetic 39.

Charlbury lost four wickets before reaching the target in the 12th over.

Four wickets apiece for Joe Clapton (4-8) and Duncan Green (4-24) helped Cumnor 3rd to a 27-run win at Oxford 4th in Division 9, while in Division 10, Eynsham 2nd beat Dinton 3rd by 46 runs as Kevin Read’s 6-17 helped to bowl the Buckinghamshire side out for just 45, chasing Eynsham’s 91 all out.