ABINGDON Vale staged a remarkable fightback to pull off an unlikely 49-run win in a controversial Cherwell League Division 1 clash against Shipton-under-Wychwood.

Vale opted to bat first, but slumped from 12-1 to 12-6 as Calum Taylor and Greg Woods ran through the top order.

The big talking point, however, was the sixth wicket, which saw Paul Butcher fail to take guard within three minutes of the previous dismissal – and was promptly given timed out after Shipton skipper Taylor maintained his appeal.

The decision backfired, however, as Vale, fuelled by the incident, went on the attack.

Henry Pickford, their No 10, blasted 84 off 58 balls including ten fours and four sixes.

He received valuable support from the tenacious Jonathan Jenkinson (30) as the hosts set a competitive 190 all out.

The Vale bowlers then took centre stage as Shipton were dismissed for 141, fired-up skipper Joe Butcher leading the way with 4-29.

Cumnor maintained their 100 per cent record with a 57-run win over Twyford.

Adam Cook was the star, hitting 55 in his side’s 210, before taking 3-35 in Twyford’s 153 all out.

Didcot saw off hosts Westbury by four wickets to make it three wins from three.

Patrick Foster claimed 5-23 in Westbury’s 119 all out, then Will Woodley hit 37 to steer Didcot to 123-6.

Tiddington defeated Long Marston by 87 runs.

Max Smith and Will Cooper both hit 51 in Tiddington’s

215-7, before Joe Elliott took 4-25 in Marston’s 128 all out.

Elsewhere, Great Brickhill beat Buckingham 2nd by 104 runs.

In Division 2, Cropredy top the table after a six-wicket win over Bledlow Village.

Ed Somerton claimed 4-38 in Bledlow’s 206 all out and then Joe Fox hit 77 as Cropredy reached 207-4.

Aston Rowant 2nd eased past Bicester & North Oxford by six wickets.

Bicester set 210-8, Markus Jeacock hitting 73.

Ben Knowler (47no) and Oli Shaw (41) led Rowant to 212-4.

Minster Lovell won by 92 runs at home to Leighton Buzzard Town.

Connor Tinsley (85no) and James Merriman (70) helped Minster to 250-7, before Leigh Smith claimed 3-20 in Buzzard’s 158 all out.

Horspath 2nd beat Challow & Childrey by five wickets after chasing down 195 to win.

Ryan Gordon hit 63 for Challow, but Horspath reached 199-5 as Stephen Green hit 44 not out.

Banbury 2nd went down by five wickets at Wolverton Town.

Sulaiman Hussain smashed a century for East Oxford as they racked up 333-7 in a 64-run win over Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts.

His 100 came off just 62 balls with ten fours and six sixes.

Raja Imran (69) and Maseh Sadiqi (59) also starred, before Nondies were held to 269-7 in their reply.

Oxford 2nd also amassed 333 as they hammered Horley by 183 runs.

Balaji Ramalingam hit 108 in Oxford’s 333 all out and Aman Dogar took 4-27 as Horley fell for 150.

Oxford Downs 2nd maintained their perfect start with a 52-run win over hosts Sandford St Martin.

Tom Costley hit 73 in Downs’ 245-8, before Gus Watts (3-39) and Dan Sherbourne (3-46) combined to dismiss Sandford for 193.

Banbury 3rd defeated visitors Stokenchurch by 59 runs.

Jamie Coles (93) and Ollie Murrey (70no) steered Banbury to 270-3.

Arshad Latif then hammered 105 in Stokenchurch’s reply, but they were all out for 211 as Robert Wilson-Fry took 4-27.

Richard Carr’s 101 helped Thame 2nd to a thrilling nine-run win over hosts Great Brickhill 2nd.

In Division 4, a century from Jack Belmont (112) took Great & Little Tew to their first win as they beat Horspath 3rd by 22 runs.

Tew set 259-8 before dismissing Horspath for 237.

Charlbury hammered hosts Kimble by 163 runs.

Ben Geeson-Brown hit 82 in Charlbury’s 282 all out before Charlie Sinton took 5-26 as Kimble were shot out for 119.

Abingdon Vale 2nd beat Bletchley Town by 34 runs.

Dour opener Rob Hood showed a welcome return to form with 50, before Matt Butcher took 4-28 and veteran Danny Hartley 3-19.

Jordon Davis’s 80 helped Tiddington to a 57-run win at Long Marston 2nd.

JJ Smith smashed 128 not out as Kingston Bagpuize beat Dinton 2nd by 103 runs in Division 5.

Kingston rattled up a massive 340-3, Marco Cecchini scoring 88 and Jon Warner 59.

Warner took 3-37 as Dinton fell for 237.

In Division 6, Westbury 2nd amassed 319-6 in a 183-run win at Bledlow Village 2nd.

Harry Smith led the way with 81, before Andy Clarke took 4-32 in Bledlow’s 136 all out.

Lee Keyes hammered 124 not out for Minster Lovell 2nd in their 122-run win at Aston Rowant 4th in Division 7.

After the visitors set 289-5, Wes Spearman claimed 6-55 to dismiss Rowant for 167.

In Division 8, Jason Hunt dominated as Shipton 3rd beat Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts by three wickets.

Nondies set 216 all out, Simon Dickens taking 5-33.

Hunt bludgeoned 166 to steer Shipton home at 217-7.

In Division 9, a fine innings of 91 from Seb Gibson helped Eynsham 2nd to a 36-run victory over Bledlow Ridge.

Tom Cunningham hit 108 for Great & Little Tew 2nd in their 43-run victory at Shipton 4th.

Henry Nichols added 70 in Tew’s 288-5 and then claimed 5-53 as the hosts were restricted to 245-9 in Division 10.