DARRYL Woods rolled back the years with an outstanding century, but could not quite inspire his Oxford Downs 2nd side to victory at home to Great Brickhill 2nd in Cherwell League Division 3.

Woods smashed a brilliant 114 and James Florey chipped in with 57 as Downs racked up an impressive 251-6 in their 53 overs.

Great Brickhill made no attempt to chase the target, opting instead to shut up shop for a draw.

They finished well short on 149-7 and remain at the bottom of the table.

l Oxford Downs 2nd 18pts,

Great Brickhill 2nd 4

Olly Tice enjoyed a fine game as Westbury climbed to the top as they thumped visitors Banbury 3rd by nine wickets.

Mark Pallett (57) and Stuart Armstrong (50) helped Banbury set 186-8 in their 53 overs – Tice notably taking five

outfield catches for the hosts.

Tice then carried his bat for 78 not out and fellow opener Tom Gurney hit a classy 96 as Westbury cruised to 188-1 with more than ten overs to spare.

l Westbury 25pts,

Banbury 3rd 4

Horley picked up their first win, ending the unbeaten record of hosts Wolverton Town with a five-wicket victory.

James Wimbush took 5-43 and Steve Palmer 4-47 to help dismiss Wolverton for only 105.

Stephen King then struck 53 not out as Horley reached 109-5 in the 25th over.

l Wolverton Tn 6pts,

Horley 25

Cublington thrashed hosts Bicester & North Oxford by 131 runs.

They posted 230 all out, before dismissing their hosts for 99.

l Bicester & NO 5pts,

Cublington 25

Minster Lovell’s superb start to life in the Cherwell League continued as they eased to an eight-wicket victory at Witney Mills to continue their unbeaten record and stay top of Division 4.

Second-placed Mills opted to bat first on an excellent pitch, but quickly lost opener Sam Cross for one.

Pete Claridge and Adam Mayho then shared 37 for the second wicket, before Mayho became Brian Barrett’s second victim.

Leigh Smith removed Sam Buckfield for 19, before having opener Claridge caught behind for 45.

With the score at 97-4, Mills would still have hoped to set a competitive total.

But they failed to contend with the pace of Smith and the spin of Eddie Dunn and Jack Simpson as they lost their final six wickets for just 31 runs to be bowled out for 128 in the 48th over.

Smith finished with superb figures of 5-50 from 17 overs.

In their reply, Minster lost both openers as skipper Harry Ebsworth and vice-captain Nathan Harris both fell victim to Ollie Burney.

But an unbroken third-wicket stand of 92 between youngster Ollie Mersh and No 4 Connor Tinsley saw Minster to 130-2 in the 31st over to wrap up a comprehensive victory.

Tinsley finished 48 not out with five fours, while Mersh’s 41 not out contained three fours and two sixes.

l Witney Mills 3pts, Minster Lovell 25

Horspath 3rd held their nerve to edge a thrilling encounter against hosts Brackley by one run.

Horspath were asked to bat first and they struggled to reach 126 all out in the 52nd over.

Rob Cartwright (3-24) and Douglas Smith (3-29) led the way, while Alex Thomas

top-scored with 41.

Stuart Berry then claimed 3-26 in Brackley’s reply as they fell to 125, losing their last wicket off the scheduled final ball of the match.

l Brackley 6pts, Horspath 3rd 25

Tiddington 2nd climbed to third place as they saw off hosts Dinton 2nd by four wickets.

Batting first, Dinton were bowled out for 217 as Ali Khan hit 74 not out and Neil Roberts 54, while Leon Desai took 3-59.

John Mackie (69) and Dan West (59) then shone in Tiddington’s reply as they reached 218-6.

l Dinton 2nd 10pts, Tiddington 2nd 25

Veteran Paul Hemming hit 67 not out and Ian Harris 64, but it was not enough for victory as Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd had to settle for a draw against hosts Thame Town 2nd.

Shipton posted 229-7 in their 53 overs, Matt Ridgway taking 3-53.

James Neilson’s 69 meant Thame were always in the hunt.

But they ran out of time and finished just eight runs short on 221-8 in another exciting climax.

l Thame Tn 2nd 11pts, Shipton 2nd 16

Stokenchurch’s unbeaten start to the season continued as they easily defeated visitors Bletchley Town by eight wickets.

Majid Ahmed’s 4-39 helped to dismiss Bletchley for 130, and then Paul Maddock hit 75 not out to steer Stokenchurch to 133-2.

l Stokenchurch 25pts, Bletchley Tn 4

Abingdon Vale 2nd went top of Division 5 after easing to a 77-run win at home to Didcot 2nd at Hales Meadow.

Arthur Jones (35), Robert Hood (33) and Max Owen (30no) helped Vale to 205-7 in their 53 overs.

Skipper Matthew Darley then continued his good recent form with the ball, claiming 4-49 as Didcot were shot out for 128.

l Abingdon Vale 2nd 25pts,

Didcot 2nd 4

Abingdon leapfrogged Cumnor 2nd who lost by eight wickets at Leighton Buzzard Town 2nd.

Cumnor were rolled over for just 91, James Aldridge the pick of the hosts’ attack with 4-25.

Greg Proudfoot then struck 48 to steer Buzzard to 94-2 in 20 overs

l Leighton Buzzard Tn 2nd 25pts, Cumnor 2nd 2

Stuart Bullen’s outstanding figures of 5-8 helped

Kingston Bagpuize record a five-wicket win at Bledlow Ridge.

Ridge were bowled out for 135, despite 59 from Ben Keeping.

Kingston than cruised to 137-5 in the 33rd over as James Boon hit 57.

l Bledlow Ridge 7pts,

Kingston Bagpuize 25

Cropredy slipped to a surprise two-wicket defeat at home to Kimble.

They were bowled out for 178, before Kimble edged in at 180-8 with nine balls to spare to deny the visitors the chance to go top.

l Cropredy 11pts,

Kimble 25

Oxford 3rd were dismissed for 102 as they fell to a 56-run defeat at home to Long Marston 2nd.

The visitors posted 158 all out, which proved more than adequate as Oxford were bowled out in 31 overs, despite 44 from Andrew Russ-ell.

l Oxford 3rd 6pts,

Long Marston 2nd 25