ABINGDON Vale lost to Oxford Downs by one-wicket in thrilling last-over finish to their Cherwell League Division 1 clash.

Put in to bat, Abingdon soon lost the wickets of Will Barker and Jeisimhan Diwaker.

A 53-run stand for the third wicket between Adam Scholey and Amith Premkumar got Vale back on track.

But when they both fell, quickly followed by Arthur Jones, Vale were firmly on the back foot at 92-5.

They never really recovered, and were eventually all out for 161.

Premkumar top-scored for Vale with 33 while Sam Chilvers hit 31.

Frankie Crouch and youngster Freddie Smith shared 38 for the first wicket in Downs’s reply, before Vale began chipping away.

At 109-7, after the dismissals of Costley and Wasim Mehmood, it was in the balance with Downs needing 52 with three wickets left.

However, Amin Rafiq’s resolute 42 proved crucial, before last pair Jonny Law and Harry Sutton hit the runs needed with three balls to spare.

Ross Packham picked up 6-37 for Challow & Childrey, but it was all in vain as they fell to a surprising 55-run defeat at struggling Oxford 2nd in Division 2.

Oxford were dismissed for 175 as left-arm seamer Packham shone.

But Challow crashed to120 all out in reply, Kasim Nawaz leading the way with 4-20.

Didcot lost by four wickets at home to title-contending Buckingham Town 2nd.

Elliot Matthews (78) was the pick of the Didcot batsmen, but they were all out for only 158 as James Gear and Nick Bond took three wickets each.

Ben Laycock then hit 61 and Jason Ell 43 not out to steer Buckingham to 159-6.

Tim Chilvers hit an unbeaten half-century to help leaders Abingdon Vale 2nd to a three-wicket win at home to Bledlow Ridge in Division 5.

Matthew Darley (3-21) and Elliott Miles (3-27) combined to dismiss Bledlow for 93.

Chilvers made batting look easy when all around him were losing their wickets, finishing on 54 not out as Vale edged home at 94-7.

Didcot 2nd had much the better of their draw away to Cumnor 2nd.

The visitors amassed sn impressive 254-5, with James Bywater top-scoring with 78 and James Head hitting 64.

Sam Herbert took 4-69 for Cumnor, who then reached the close at 172-9 to avoid defeat, Ranjit Singh capturing 5-63.

Kingston Bagpuize were on the wrong end of an incredible haul of 9-37 from Leighton Buzzard Town’s Andy Smith. Buzzard had racked up 266-5 dec in 46 overs, Rhiann Krynaus hitting 89 and Richard Raine 57.

Smith then ripped through the Kingston order with his nine-wicket tally sending the visitors crashing to 142 all out.