Bicester & North Oxford's last pair Steve Lewis and Paul Jeacock nearly defied Great & Little Tew with a remarkable rearguard.

They batted for 17 overs and came within seven balls of securing a draw in Division 1 on Saturday.

Tew had posted 226 thanks to Andrew Harris (61) and Shane Faulkner (58), which looked well beyond Bicester despite Kalyanakrishna Doddapaneni smashing four sixes and 11 fours in his 92.

Anthony Smith (5-44) and Jack Taylor (4-62) did the damage for Tew, who bowled the home side out for 196 to all but secure their division one status.

Bicester & North Oxford 18pts, Great & Little Tew 30.

Banbury 2nd and Oxford Downs played out a high-scoring draw that dented both sides' hopes of catching leaders Buckingham Town.

After choosing to bat Banbury posted an impressive 259-4, with former Oxfordshire opener Andrew Sabin (83) to the fore once again, while Ashley Pearson hit 62.

Chris Sandbach's 105 kept Downs in the hunt, but neither side could force the victory they needed as the visitors closed on 245-8.

Banbury 2nd 18, Oxford Downs 14.

Banbury Twenty stay fourth but only after they were given a major scare by bottom club Dinton.

Aussie Andrew Grubich (55) took Twenty to 220-9 in the face of good spin-bowling by Richard Scott (4-76) and captain Rodney Browne (3-56).

Nathan Brooks then hit 51 for the visitors, but seamers Grubich (4-55) and Michael Thomas (4-61) bowled them out just eight runs short.

Twenty lost two points for their slow over rate.

Banbury Twenty 28, Dinton 18.

Cumnor all but dismissed any relegation fears when they saw off Milton Keynes Park by two wickets in a tense finale.

Only captain Graham Simpson (61) showed any form against the swing of Ali Morteza (3-40) and spin of Matt Neilson (3-53) as Park were bowled out in the final over for 146.

The home side made hard work of the run chase as wickets fell at regular intervals, but an eighth wicket partnership between Mark Kirsten and Rob Lawrence took them to the brink of victory before Ayaz Khan hit a massive six to seal the win.

Cumnor 30, Milton Keynes Park 14.

Shipton-under-Wychwood gave leaders Buckingham Town a fright before losing by three wickets.

An 81-run partnership between Paul Jennings (52) and Jon Hartley (77) were the backbone of Shipton's 210-8, while Greg Pearson took 4-57.

Jimad Khan (40) and Jonny Cater (59no) saw Town to 211-7 with eight balls to spare.

Shipton-under-Wychwood 16, Buckingham Town 30.