Senior Cup

There was a thrilling finish at Banbury 2nd in the second round, where the hosts prevailed over Abingdon Vale by just four runs.

A good team effort in which Andrew Sabin scored 30, his son Lloyd 38 and Chris Board 39 saw Banbury bowled out for 201.

New Vale skipper Mike Cook took 4-48, but his side fell agonisingly short as Chris Roderick ran out of partners and was left stranded on 91 not out.

On the other side of town there was a similarly tight finish as Cumnor narrowly overcame Banbury Twenty.

Opener Shahbaz Alam hit 51 and all-rounder Umair Ghazali a belligerent 69 as Cumnor posted an impressive 265-9.

The six penalty runs they received due to Twenty's slow over rate were to prove crucial as the home side closed on 259-9. John Wright (44) gave them a flying start before they were pegged back by spinners Sam Jones (4-29) and Ghazali (4-28).

The closest match of the day came at Great & Little Tew, where Buckingham Town won by one wicket with nine balls to spare.

Tew had managed 181-8 from their 45 overs, in which Rob Garrett top scored with 33 and Richard Pengelly (3-34) was the pick of the bowlers.

Graham Judd (57) and Jonny Cater (40) put Town in command, but wickets continued to fall and they scrambled over the winning line by the narrowest of margins.

There was a minor shock at Horspath, where the Division 1 side lost by six wickets to Bourton Vale, who play in the tier below them.

Put in to bat, the home side struggled to 145 all out, with only Phil Chanel (33) showing any early season form.

Ed Shaw's 55 made sure Vale enjoyed an easy win with 17 overs to spare.

Matt Maule smashed 85 from 50 balls and Nick Pykett 95 not out from 56 deliveries as Tiddington, of Division 2, thrashed Division 6 Brackley by 206 runs.

After electing to bat, Tiddington got off to a good start thanks to John Mackie (59) and Jon Talbot (36), before Maule and Pykett – who hit eight sixes – added 124 for the third wicket to take their side to 344-4 from their 45 overs.

Sam Hollingshead then helped reduce the visitors to 57-8 before Keith Cartwright (41) took them to 138 all out.

Shipton-under-Wychwood's 203 all out on a typically sporting Bletchley Town pitch proved to be plenty as the home side slumped to 149 all out.

Veteran Paul Hemming top scored with 44 for Shipton, while Mark Roberts (5-29) shone with the ball.

Craig Lambert and Jon Hartley then took three wickets each to seal a place in the next round.

Shipton will be joined in the last eight by Division 3’s Leighton Buzzard Town, who are now the lowest ranked team left in the competition.

Their 38-run win over Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts was set up by Jack Kempster (64) Kirk Brazier (47) and Philip Whatmore (42), who took Town to 225-9.

Ian Mead then hit 66 and David Leadbitter 46 to keep Nondies in the game, but Lee Selfe's 4-41 restricted the visitors to 187-9.

Mark Green hit a fine unbeaten 126 and Mike Lyons 55 as Long Marston cruised to a nine-wicket victory over fellow Division 2 outfit Challow & Childrey.

Challow had posted 192 all out thanks to Mike Konschel (42) and Nick Meadows (40).

Quarter final draw: Bourton Vale v Shipton-under-Wychwood, Cumnor v Buckingham Town, Long Marston v Banbury 2nd, Tiddington v Leighton Buzzard Town.