BANBURY reigned supreme once again as the county’s Twenty20 kings by completing a hat-trick of Bernard Tollett Oxfordshire Cup wins with a 17-run victory over Horspath in the final at Wormsley.

Charlie Hill was named the man-of-the-match after his impressive 69 from 55 balls steered the holders to 157-7 after they had been put in to bat.

In front of a crowd of 200, Banbury found themselves in trouble at 33-3 in the sixth over after a fine catch and brilliant run out by James Fitzjohn.

But Hill and Justin Lambden (31) added 91 for the fourth wicket off 10.5 overs.

Hill smashed a straight six in the penultimate over, before his excellent innings – which also included six boundaries –came to an end when he was bowled by Belcher’s next ball, making it 144-5.

The last over saw Imran Mohammed run out by Ian Slatcher’s throw for a quickfire 19, before Ollie Wright was bowled by Tom Cosford, the off-spinner returning Horspath’s best figures of 1-20 from his four overs as Banbury reached 157-7.

Tom Coleman (29) helped them reach 48-2 after seven overs.

Stephen Green kept them in the hunt, but the run rate was rising all the time and his effort came to an end in the penultimate over when he was dismissed for 49 off 40 balls, which included a six and two fours.

With spinner Jamie Curtis taking 2-16 for Banbury, Horspath, who needed 28 to win off the last over, closed on 140-6.

Bicester & North Oxford caused an upset when lifting the Wilf Bennett Cup – contested by the group runners-up – with a six-wicket success over Thame Town.

Callum Russell (36no) top-scored for Thame, who were held to 107-7.

Bicester reached 108-4, thanks to 37 not out from man-of-the match Ali Gibbins.