CHALLOW & Childrey defeated visitors Didcot by six wickets in a rain-affected clash to go top of Cherwell League Division 2.

Didcot, put in to bat, were dismissed for 113 as George Trewby took 5-25.

The target was revised upwards to 117 on the DLS system and, led by Patrick Bryan’s 31 not out, Challow reached 117-4 with nearly six overs to spare.

Abingdon Vale eased their relegation concerns in Division 1 with a narrow 21-run victory over Twyford.

Twyford inserted their hosts after winning the toss, and they proceeded to 197-5 in a match reduced to 44 overs per side.

Jeisimhan Diwakar hit 61 and Luke Charlesworth 45 for Vale, while Tom Jackson took 3-41.

Shahid Mamhood then hit 51 and Shabaz Alam 35 in Twyford’s reply, but they were bowled out in the 41st over for 176 as Graham Charlesworth took 3-16.

Kieran Beesley took 5-62 for hosts Didcot 2nd, but it was not enough to secure victory at Abingdon Vale 2nd as they ended up batting out for a tight draw in Division 5.

Leaders Vale posted 190-7 in 47 overs, Rob Hood top-scoring with 45.

Didcot’s Jordan Ford (40) and Beesley (34) shone in their reply, but they closed on 176-8, denying Vale maximum points.

Kingston Bagpuize moved up to fifth place, keeping alive their outside promotion hopes, with an 89-run victory at home to Bledlow Ridge.

Jordan Smith’s 43 helped Kingston to 173-7 in 44 overs.

George Woodley then claimed 4-19 as Bledlow slumped to 85 all out.