ABINGDON Vale were on the end of a one-man hammering in their Division 1 match at Great Brickhill.

Former Northamptonshire and England Under 19 World Cup player Mark Nelson hammered an incredible 179 from 132 balls with 28 fours and seven sixes as second-placed Brickhill racked up a mammoth 344-6 in their 50 overs.

Vale were tumbled out for just 143 in their reply.

Oxford Downs kept up their unbeaten record and set up a probable title showdown with Brickhill next week as they defeated hosts Long Marston by 47 runs.

George Sandbach (87) and Freddie Smith (68) helped Downs to 277-4 in their 50 overs.

Matthew Storey struck 87 in Marston’s reply, but 4-45 from Wasim Mehmood and 3-33 from Sandbach ensured the hosts were all out for 230.

Cumnor moved up to fourth with a 42-run victory over Tiddington on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Cumnor were bowled out for 147 as Patrick Knightley took 3-26.

Tiddington were struggling at 73-7 in the 21st over when the rain forced the players off.

Buckingham Town 2nd moved out of the bottom two as they shocked hosts Twyford by two wickets.

They are replaced in the drop zone by Challow & Childrey after their match at home to Banbury 2nd was abandoned as a draw.

Banbury had posted 223 all out, with Challow 32-1 when the heavens opened.

There was relief all round as Sandford St Martin recorded victory at the 15th attempt in Division 2, beating Wolverton Town by eight wickets on the DLS method.

Wolverton were all out for 200 in the 48th over. Then Steve Dobson (79no) led Sandford to 132-2 in the 26th over before the rain came.

Olly Tice smashed a century as Westbury closed in on the title with a four-run DLS method victory at home to Leighton Buzzard Town.

Tice hit 102, Tom Gurney 75 and William Gurney 70 as Westbury rattled up 278-4.

Phil Whatmore then hammered 136 not out in Buzzard’s reply, but when the rain came at 35 overs, Buzzard’s 218-7 was four runs behind par.

Didcot moved second with a 116-run DLS victory over visitors Bledlow Village.

The hosts were bowled out for 194, Richard Underdown hitting 39.

Bledlow were 78-4 in the 24th over when the rain intervened.

Thad Cooper’s 100 was in vain for Aston Rowant 2nd, who lost by nine wickets on DLS at home to Horspath 2nd.

Rowant set 179-9, with Cooper leading the way.

But Tom Beresford (63no) and Jamie Stead (33no) saw Horspath to 140-1 in the 31st over to secure a DLS victory.

Cropredy saw off hosts Oxford 2nd by 142 runs in another rain-affected match.

Bicester & North Oxford wrapped up promotion from Division 3 with a five-wicket win at Stokenchurch on the DLS method.

The hosts were all out for 169, before Dan Savin hit 40 not out to lead Bicester to 144-5 in 38 overs.

Horley stayed in the second promotion spot with a seven-wicket win at Great & Little Tew 2nd.

The hosts were bowled out for 150 as Pete Papanfus took 5-37 and Josh Garrett hit 66.

Dave Clark (64no) and Dave Eaton (50no) then guided Horley to 152-3.

Banbury 3rd saw off hosts Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts by 20 runs on DLS.

Nondies were all out for 222 as Imran Mohammed took 4-35.

Paul Taylor (50) helped Banbury to 170-5 – which was 20 runs ahead of par – when the heavens opened.

Minster Lovell boosted their outside hopes of promotion with a crushing 143-run win at Cublington.

Minster racked up 283-9, Jack Simpson top-scoring with 98.

Cublington then slumped to 140 all out in their reply.

Oxford Downs 2nd were denied by the rain as they were washed out at home to Great Brickhill 2nd.

Brickhill had been bowled out for 204, and Downs had raced to 96-2 in 14 overs when the match was abandoned.

In Division 4, Abingdon Vale 2nd were hammered by visitors Witney Mills by nine wickets.

Ben Madden (6-35) and Dylan Delport (4-12) ripped through the Vale line-up for a paltry 48, before Sam Haselgrove hit 30 not out to steer Mills to 50-1.

Thame Town 2nd kept up the pressure on leaders East Oxford to just four points as they hammered visitors Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd by nine wickets.

After dismissing Shipton for 171, Thame raced to 172-1 as Richard Carr hit 64 and Harry Thomas 44 not out.

Charlbury fell to a five-wicket defeat at Bletchley Town.

Jude Ramanadanpulle took 5-19 as Charlbury were shot out for 124, Bletchley reaching 126-5 to secure victory.

East Oxford beat Tiddington 2nd on the DLS method to stay top of the table.

Division 5 leaders Kingston Bagpuize racked up a huge 322-9 to set up a 147-run DLS victory over hosts Cropredy 2nd.

Arthur Verdin hit 110 not out and then Steve Bullen took 4-37 as Cropredy were restricted to 175-8 before the rain.

Aston Rowant 3rd beat visitors Didcot 2nd by 61 runs on the DLS method.

They had posted 181-8 in their 50 overs, and had Didcot at 120-7 in the 30th over when the rain came.

A fine knock of 69 from youngster Dylan Driscoll helped Cumnor 2nd to a five-wicket win at Chearsley.

Chasing the home side’s 175 all out, after Ethan Davie took 4-34, Driscoll’s innings saw Cumnor to 176-5.

Swapnil Kulkarni hit 100 not out as Horspath 3rd beat hosts Dinton 2nd by 30 runs on the DLS method.

Horspath set 225-7 in their 50 overs thanks to Kulkarni’s knock.

Dinton were 195-7 in the 43rd over when the heavens opened.

Kimble beat Leighton Buzzard Town 2nd by 158 runs in the day’s other Division 5 match.

Sam Hollingshead took 6-10 for Eynsham to help his side to a four-run win in a low-scoring clash with Challow & Childrey 2nd in Division 6.

Eynsham had earlier been shot out for just 65 as Alex Dawson took 5-16.

But Hollingshead’s haul sent Challow crashing to 61 all out in reply.

In Division 7, Matt Clark took 6-17 to help Bicester & North Oxford 2nd to a three-wicket win at home to Didcot 3rd.

Toby Collins hit a brilliant 110 for Oxford Downs 3rd, but they had to settle for a draw at home to Brackley 2nd in Division 8.

Veteran seamer Robin Newman took a hat-trick as Abingdon Vale 3rd beat Long Marston 3rd by 152 runs.