PETE Boulton scored two tries as Banbury defeated Oxford University Greyhounds 50-27 to keep alive their hopes of a third successive Oxfordshire Cup victory.

One of the tight-head prop’s scores saw him smash through three tacklers and crash over the line.

In a repeat of last year’s final, the Bulls won the first-round tie in the opening period as they raced into 33-8 interval lead.

Other try scores for Banbury were Jack Briggs, Sam Stoop, Alex Gandy, Dan Brady, George Grieve and Jacob Mills.

Ed Phillips added five conversions to bring up the half-century.

The Greyhounds rallied in the second half, but could not close the gap.

They scored four well-executed tries from Patrick Haughton, Daniel Radigan, Tobias Clarke, and Charlie Pozniak.

Tom Dyer converted two and landed a penalty goal.

Oxford Harlequins paid for a poor first half as they went down 22-12 at home to Chinnor 2nd.

The visitors opened the scoring with a try after 15 minutes from full back Luke Hibberd.

It was converted by Cam McDonald, who then went over for an unconverted try.

In the 36th minute, a breakaway try saw Ieaun Mainwaring, converted by McDonald, made it 19-0.

Quins finally got on the scoresheet when Charlie Craig sped over for a superb try, converted by Huw Dimond to make it 19-7 at half-time.

In the second half, Quins closed the gap to seven points when a catch-and-drive saw flanker Angus Atkinson dive over for a try.

McDonald replied with a penalty goal for Chinnor, who had to resist a later surge from the hosts, who did everything but score.

Witney were handed a walkover by Bicester.

Grove and Henley 2nd were unable to fulfil their fixture, both teams citing a shortage of front-row players as the reason.

The clubs have been told by the organisers to rearrange the game.