RYAN Gordon slam-med a spectacular 150 to lead Challow & Childrey to a 126-run victory on the DLS method at Sandford St Martin in the Cherwell League

On yet another rain-affected weekend, Challow’s victory moved them up to third place in the Division 2 table and in with a shout of clinching a promotion spot.

Sandford skipper Chris Thompson, perhaps with the wet weather forecast in mind, opted to insert Challow.

Although opener Jack Chapman fell cheaply, Sandford were soon made to rue the decision as Gordon dominated.

He shared a second-wicket stand of 168 with Patrick Bryan, who hit 66 in 118 balls.

But it was Gordon who really shone as he bludgeoned 16 fours and eight sixes in an astonishing display of aggression.

Gordon’s 150 came off 98 balls, which saw Sandford up to 306-8 in their 50 overs.

Sandford slumped to 46-3 with Steve Dobson, Tom Tanner and Ian Reynolds swiftly being sent back to the pavilion.

Despite a 110-run stand between opener Jim Howe (54no) and skipper Thompson (67), there was no way back for Sandford.

As the rain began to fall, the match ended in the 40th over with Sandford on 180-4 – resulting in a comprehensive victory on the DLS for the visitors.

Didcot’s home clash with Cropredy was ruined by the bad weather.

Vishane Perera hit 92 and Elliot Matthews 67 in Didcot’s 199-5.

The visitors were 61-3 in reply in the 13th over when rain forced the players off.

Abingdon Vale’s victory bid at Horspath 2nd was denied by the rain.

They had posted 255 all out, Max Owen hitting 52 and Amith Premkumar 50.

Horspath were already in trouble at 44-3 in the eighth over when rain forced the players off.

In Division 5, Abingdon Vale 2nd were dismissed for 107 at home to Kingston Bagpuize, who were 47-3 when the rain came.

Veteran Robin Newman and Ruairidh Howells took five wickets apiece to help Abingdon Vale 3rd to a 26-run win at home to Bledlow Ridge 2nd in Division 8.

Vale had been skittled out for only 83 in the 23rd over against the Bucks club.

Then seamer Newman (5-26) and Howells (5-30) worked their magic to dismiss Ridge for 57.

Fine knocks from Mark Tracey (92no) and Stuart Edwards (81) were in vain for Kingston Bagpuize 2nd, who were held to a draw at home to Shipton-under-Wychwood 4th in Division 10.

Bagpuize posted a challenging 207-2, but Shipton held on at 114-6, with Richard Woodley taking 3-18