Veteran seamer Paul Humphreys admitted it had been a very nervous week in the Aston Rowant camp before they were crowned Division 1 champions on Saturday.

Rowant won the title for the second time in three years as rain prevented a potentially dramatic end to the season.

Rowant, Bicester & North Oxford and Cumnor all had a chance of finishing top on Saturday, but only Rowant were able to take the field and even their game with Oxford 2nd was abandoned at half time.

Put into bat, they had made 225-9 from their 52 overs, with Wes Morrick (49), Chris Watling (43) and Chris Eaton (42) all getting in and getting out.

Rain between the innings then prevented a resumption.

Humphreys, who captained Rowant last season, said: "We let ourselves down the week before against Banbury Twenty, although they played very well.

"It was all set up for a difficult game against Oxford 2nd and we had had a pretty nervous week.

"Our captain, Simon Bird, called us all together and we had a good team meeeting where we planned what we needed to do if it wasn't going to rain.

"We had borrowed some extra covers to give ourselves the maximum opportunity to play if we needed to.

"By the time we started we had learnt that Bicester & North Oxford were off and that they were planning to start at Banbury, where Cumnor were playing, at 3.50pm, which was the latest time possible.

"News filtered through as the day went on, but you are never that certain whether someone is pulling your leg.

"In the end, Simon spoke to the Banbury Twenty captain Dave Clarke.

"He said, 'it's ok Birdy I have just watched Cumnor drive out of the car park."

Rowant were strongly tipped for the title before the season, but no team really dominated the division.

All other games in the division were abandoned before a ball was bowled, which means Banbury 2nd are relegated.

The promotion and relegation situation could change if Kidlington lose a potential vote for re-election to the league.