Opener Andrew Sabin's unbeaten 104 came too slowly to take Banbury 2nd to victory at home to Great & Little Tew and led to his side falling behind in the Division 1 title race.

Put in to bat, Tew managed 218-9 from their 50 overs, Aussie Anthony Smith (70) and Josh Smith (58) in the runs.

A 154-run partnership between Sabin and Chris Board (61) looked like setting up the win, but despite having six wickets in hand, Banbury fell 13 runs short of victory.

Banbury 2nd 10pts, Great & Little Tew 13.

Marc Milligan took 6-53 and then hit an unbeaten 47 as Oxford Downs closed up on Banbury by thrashing bottom club Dinton.

After being asked to bat, the visitors had no answer to Milligan and Tom Crouch (4-50) as they crumbled to 115 all out. Only Mark Ludlow (37) put up much resistance.

Downs then cruised to 117-2 thanks to an unbroken partnership between Milligan and Jamie Perkin (30no).

Oxford Downs 30, Dinton 6.

Banbury Twenty continued their surge up the table when they overcame Milton Keynes Park by 49 runs.

Twenty's Aussie seamer Andrew Grubich, who has only recently resumed bowling after being injured in the first match of the season, took 6-24 as Park subsided to 122 all out.

Earlier, Mark Haupt had hit 56 and John Wright 46 in the home side's 171 all out, in which spinner Mike Alston took 6-53.

Banbury Twenty 30, Milton Keynes Park 15.

Buckingham Town completed the double over Bicester & North Oxford and extended their lead at the top to 22 points.

An 85-run partnership involving Graham Savin (54) and Krishan Talsania (41) saw Bicester to 198 all out.

But this proved inadequate as Leigh Tomlinson (34) saw Town off to a good start, before Jimad Khan (54) and Jonny Cater (51no) added 99 as Town eased their way to 199-5.

Bicester & North Oxford 13, Buckingham Town 30.

Ali Morteza impressed a watching county selector by hitting a sparkling 55 in 38 balls and then taking 5-51 in Cumnor's draw with Shipton-under-Wychwood. Graham Scott (58), James Neilson (42) and Andrew Robertson (44) also batted well for Cumnor, who posted an imposing 257-9 despite Shaun Miller's fine 6-89.

From 66-0, Shipton collapsed to 98-6 as Morteza ran riot and then decided to shut up shop, crawling to 176-7 by the close.

Shipton-under-Wychwood 16, Cumnor 17.