STEVE Bates hit a fine unbeaten 107 as Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd dominated their drawn Division 5 match with Thame Town 2nd.

Put in to bat, Shipton were able to declare on 202-2 from just 37 overs, with Bates receiving support from Ian Lewis (36no) and Paul Jennings (35).

Rain interruptions left Thame with 29 overs in reply and they could only crawl to 67-2, which left them pointless.

The tensest match on the opening day came at Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd, where Aston Rowant 2nd came within six runs of pulling off an impressive win.

Nondies chose to bat and managed 168-7 in an innings reduced to 40 overs by rain. Steve Schofield hit 45 and Hugh Doulton 34.

Further rain reduced Rowant's reply to just 30 overs, but Mark Walker (35no) and Leigh Lewis (33) took the visitors close to victory before falling short on 163-5.