Aston Rowant defied the weather to beat Banbury 2nd and go back to the top of the table on Saturday.

With morning leaders Cumnor unable to play as their ground was too wet, Rowant took full advantage by securing a comfortable four-wicket win.

Put in to bat, Banbury managed 225-8 from their 52 overs, Simon Hole leading the way with a combative 104 not out while Ashley Blanchard scored 48.

Rowant opener Alex Jewell, who has been enjoying a prolific run of form, then hit 79, and with the help of Wes Morrick (48), set his side on the way to 226-6.

Despite the defeat, Banbury moved above local rivals Banbury Twenty in the table and so out of the likely relegation places.

Banbury 2nd 10pts, Aston Rowant 25.

Bicester & North Oxford also climbed over Cumnor after their easy seven-wicket victory over Shipton-under- Wychwood.

Veteran seamer Andrew Wingfield Digby, making a rare appearance in the first team, took 3-28 and with Nathaniel Watkins (3-26) helped dismiss Shipton for 127.

Paul Jennings (36) was the only visiting batsman to get going after his side chose to bat first.

Bicester lost three early wickets before Aussie keeper Andrew House (46no) and Kingsley West (44no) steadied the ship and saw their side to 129-3.

Bicester & North Oxford 25, Shipton-under-Wychwood 4.

Roger Gilbert took 7-41 as Oxford 2nd swept aside Great & Little Tew and so ease their relegation fears.

Tew were indebted to 15-year-old Edmund Gross, who hit a splendid 61 not out.

But he received little in the way of support as the home side crumbled to 150 all out.

Oxford then showed plenty of aggressive intent in pursuit of the target, with Tim Marcon hitting 35 and John Barrett 41.

Lloyd Brock took 3-61 to leave the visitors wobbling slightly on 120-5, but they knocked off the remaining 31 needed for victory without further loss.

Great & Little Tew 7, Oxford 2nd 25.

The matches between Cumnor and Banbury Twenty, and Horspath and Oxford Downs, were called off.

Each side receives six points.