In-form Shipton-under-Wychwood continued their impressive surge up the Division 1 table by handing out a cricketing lesson to Oxford Downs.

Shipton's positive response to being asked to bat brought them 256 runs before they were all out, with Paul Hemming (89) and Tim Senior (64) to the fore.

Richard West took 4-64 for Downs and then top-scored with 55, but they were bowled out for 192 by Jason Hunt (4-52), Craig Lambert (3-32) and Shaun Miller (3-56) and then docked one point for a slow over rate.

Shipton 25pts, Oxford Downs 8

Cumnor missed the chance to go top of the table when they crashed to an eight-wicket defeat at title rivals Buckingham Town.

On a green wicket, all the Cumnor batsmen struggled to score fluently, with opener James Neilson batting through to finish 89 not out and Adam Cook hitting a patient 53.

Vishal Valambhia took 3-85 for Town, who found batting rather easier as they cruised to 205-2 with time to spare thanks to Jonny Cater (95no) and Leigh Tomlinson (50).

Buckingham 25, Cumnor 5

Horspath are closing in on the leaders after stretching their unbeaten run to five by thrashing Dinton.

Only Tim Brooker of Dinton's stellar batting line-up showed any form, but he was stranded on 56 not out when the last of his teammates was all out for 148. Medium pacers Lee Mason (3-44) and Will Eason (3-29) did much of the damage.

Eason's older brother Robbie then hit 39 as the hosts eased to 150-3 and maximum points.

Horspath 25, Dinton 5

Banbury Twenty's batsmen failed to capitalise on a decent performance by their bowlers as they crawled to 104-9 at home to Bletchley Town.

Left-arm seamer Ghufran Mohammed took 4-21 from 16 overs as all the Twenty batsmen found the going difficult.

Earlier, Michael Thomas had taken 4-66 in a 27-over spell, while Faisal Khalid took 4-73 from 16 in Town's 196-9. Ken Hollis top-scored with 75.

Twenty lost one point because they failed to complete their overs within the allotted time.

Banbury Twenty 7, Bletchley Town 15

Bicester & North Oxford are in danger of being cut adrift at the foot of the table after they slumped to their fifth straight defeat, this time to fellow strugglers Oxford 2nd.

The club have never fallen out of the top flight but are now 19 points behind the rest after they failed to defend their 161 all out at Roman Way.

Oxford, who had chosen to field first, made hard work of the run chase but eventually reached the victory target for the loss of seven wickets.

Oxford 2nd 25, Bicester & N Ox 10