TOM Cosford and Jamil Faruq took four wickets apiece to set Horspath on the way to a convincing six-wicket win at home to Thame Town in the Home Counties Premier League.

Spinner Cosford (4-30) and seamer Faruq (4-58) led the way as the visitors were bowled out for 178 after being put in to bat in the Division 1 encounter.

Darryl Brown then hit a brilliant half-century (53) to help secure victory.

Opener Callum Russell (48) and Gamindu Kanishka (47) were among Cosford’s victims.

Hassam Mushtaq was left undefeated on 21 as the wickets clattered at the other end.

Leg-spinner Mushtaq gave Thame hope, taking two quick wickets as Horspath faltered at 61-3, but Brown took the game away from the visitors.

Dominating a fourth-wicket stand of 64 with Jimmy Phillips, the South African hit ten boundaries before being trapped lbw by Mushtaq, who finished with 3-47.

It was left to Cosford to clinch victory with a quickfire 36 off 19 balls, taking Horspath to 182-4 with his third six.

Aston Rowant earned a gritty four-wicket victory at Banbury.

The hosts elected to bat, but were restricted 122-7 from their 61.3 overs, Gordon Harris (4-31) and Wes Morrick (3-65) doing the damage.

The hosts never got going, with Olly Clarke top-scoring with 23.

Rowant needed to dig deep to secure victory.

They were restricted to 56-4, before Morrick (37) and Chris Watling (30no) put on a 62-run partnership.

That fifth-wicket stand proved the difference as Rowant claimed victory in the 47th over.

Oxford suffered a six-wicket defeat at Tring Park.

Calvin Dickinson was the star of the show for the visitors, top-scoring with 88 from 104 deliveries, but he received little support from his teammates.

Oxford, put into bat, were dismissed for 175 in the 58th over, Rory Criddle taking 3-10 from 5.5 overs.

Despite Dickinson’s fine knock, which included 13 fours, wickets fell regularly around him.

Tring made a strong start in reply, Andrew Dixon (32) and Alexander Woodland (32) sharing an opening partnership of 52.

Spinner Harvey Eltham dismissed them both to leave the hosts on 79-2.

But a third-wicket stand of 64 between Michael Payne (45) and Charlie Macdonell (43) brought Tring to within touching distance of victory.

The visitors then reached 178-4 in the 56th over.

Shipton-under-Wychwood’s miserable season continued as they were skittled for just 35 in a six-wicket defeat at home to Datchet.

The total is just ten runs above the record lowest score in Division 2, set by Bicester & North Oxford in 2006.

Shipton were put into bat and had reached 17-1, but they then lost nine wickets for just 18 runs.

Tom Lambert (5-12) and Chris Peploe (5-15) took centre stage as extras top-scored with nine.

Datchet’s reply was not convincing, with Anupam Sanklecha dismissing Max Stevenson for a first-ball duck, but they secured victory when reaching 38-4 in the 11th over.

Oliver Birts was the only player in the match to reach double figures.

Great & Little Tew closed to within six points of Buckingham Town with a 103-run victory at the leaders.

The visitors were put into bat and lost Robbie Catling early on to the bowling of George Humphries (4-57).

But Tew recovered well to reach 137-5, before a 64-run partnership between Joe White (50) and Tom Bradbeer (46) lifted them over 200.

Wickets fell regularly after they were both dismissed as the visitors were all out for 217 in the 57th over, Andrew Hall taking 4-37.

Lawrence Brock dismissed Buckingham’s Robert Large for a first-ball duck.

The hosts were never able to recover as Joe Thomas (4-17) and Robbie Shurmer (3-51) took centre stage.

Only a fifth-wicket stand of 39 between Jonny Cater and Hall offered any resistance as Buckingham were all out for 114.