CUMNOR posted a 147-run win on the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method as rain destroyed much of the Cherwell League programme.

Cumnor posted 244-9 in their 50 overs against Great Brickhill as Max Mannering hit 69 not out and Michael Race 64 in the Division 1 clash.

In reply, Garth Davson scored 44, but with the visitors at 97-4 in 20 overs, the rain brought an early conclusion with Cumnor winning on the DLS method.

Jack Wilkins took 5-9 for Banbury 2nd, but they ended up frustrated as rain forced an abandonment against hosts Buckingham Town 2nd.

Banbury had been shot out for 127, Justin Lambden (61) scoring virtually half their runs.

Buckingham were in dire trouble at 35-6 before the rain came, bizarrely, securing more points than Banbury despite their precarious position.

Challow & Childrey were washed out against visitors Abingdon Vale, who had scored 220 all out in 47 overs, Arthur Jones hitting 83 and George Trewby taking 3-46.

In reply, Challow were 36-1 when the match was called off.

Rain also ruined Tiddington’s clash with visitors Oxford Downs.

Adam Beck (80) and Tom Costley (36) saw Downs to 198-6, but the wet weather meant Tiddington could not start a reply.

Twyford posted 242-8 at home to Long Marston before the match was called off.

Adam Bone top-scored with 77 for Twyford, but the wet weather intervened.

In Division 2, the rain had the final say with Didcot agonisingly close to a big victory against Sandford St Martin in their Division 2 clash at Boundary Park.

After Didcot posted a massive total of 326-3 in their 50 overs, Sandford were in all sorts of trouble at 45-6 when the rain forced the players off just 13 balls away from a position that would have constituted a game under the Duckworth Lewis Stern method.

Didcot captain Richard Cook had no hesitation in batting first.

Although the home side lost young opener Luke Higgins early, caught behind off Ollie Ong for one, Didcot put all the Sandford bowlers to the sword.

Leading the way was Richard Underdown, who amassed a fabulous 131 off 121 balls including 16 fours and four sixes.

He shared a 202-run stand with Elliot Mathews, who finished 74 not out, while Connor Morrison hit 39 and Cook chipped in with 37.

The visitors had no answer to the opening burst of Adam Spears and George Woodley.

The latter bowled with considerable pace, forcing Jonathan Springer to hit the wicket after he struck him with a blow to the head from a short-pitched delivery.

Springer was left dazed as he fell onto his stumps.

No Sandford player reached double figures as they slipped to 45-6.

But conditions continued to deteriorate, and with just 13 balls remaining to reach the 20 overs needed to constitute a game, the umpires took the players off as the rain continued to fall.

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Elsewhere, only one match came to a conclusion – and it was Westbury who seized the opportunity after beating Aston Rowant 2nd by 61 runs on the DLS method.

Tom Gurney (59) and Olly Tice (40no) saw Westbury to 124-1 in 22 overs as they chased down Aston Rowant’s 218-8.

The rain forced the players off, but Westbury were well ahead of the DLS par score, giving them maximum points.

Earlier, Charlie Williams had taken 4-36 and Charlie Harper 3-57 in Rowant’s innings.

Cropredy’s trip to Bledlow Village was abandoned after the north Oxfordshire side had set 237 all out in their 50 overs.

Ed Somerton top-scored with 53 in Cropredy’s innings before the heavens opened.

Rain also ruined Oxford 2nd’s clash with visitors Horspath 2nd.

Jehan Mohammed had struck a wonderful 126 not out in Horspath’s 248-8, Arthur Muir taking 5-47.

Oxford were 56-1 in reply in the 15th over when the game was abandoned.

Leighton Buzzard’s home clash with Wolverton Town was also washed out.

In Division 3, Great & Little Tew 2nd bounced back from last weekend’s ten wicket defeat by securing victory by the same margin against visitors Cublington.

Cublington were shot out for just 128 as Aluptageen Maqbool took 5-20.

With rain threatening, Tew raced to 130-0 in 17.1 overs as Tim Wyatt hit 60 not out and Markus Jeacock 54 not out.

Horley also put last week’s defeat behind them as they hammered Bicester & North Oxford by 139 runs.

Batting first, Horley racked up 280-8 as Dave Clark hit 78 not out and David Taylor 61.

Dan Savin struck 56 in Bicester’s reply, but they were restricted to 141-6 in a reduced 32 overs.

Oxford Downs 2nd defeated visitors Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts by two wickets.

Andrew Lake took 3-14 as Nondies were bowled out inside 30 overs for 150.

This gave Downs plenty of time before the rain came to reach 153-8 to secure victory, Darryl Woods top-scoring with 73.

Banbury 3rd were staring down the barrel at Stokenchurch, who amassed a formidable 349-8 before the match was abandoned.

Ashley Hunt hit 123 and Arshad Latif 89 for Stokenchurch, but rain meant there was no opportunity for a Banbury reply.

Bizarrely, Banbury finished with more points than their hosts.

Minster Lovell’s game away to Great Brickhill 2nd was washed out with Minster standing at 183-5 in the 33rd over, Ollie Mersh having scored 65 and Connor Tinsley 62.

With rain looming, East Oxford decided to go on the attack against Abingdon Vale 2nd – and promptly cruised to an eight-wicket win in Division 4.

Kamran Ali Shah took 4-20 as Abingdon were bowled out for 129, Tom Allen’s 50 providing the only resistance for the hosts.

Raja Imran (47) and Ali Shah (44) then led East Oxford to 132-2 in the 18th over.

Charlbury were too strong for Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd as they ran out eight-wicket winners.

Stuart Atkins took 4-44 in Shipton’s 209 all out, Paul Hemming top-scoring with 44.

Tom Nash (63no) and Ben Forrester (60no) then led Charlbury’s reply as they reached 210-2 in the 42nd over.

Thame Town 2nd defeated hosts Brackley by eight wickets on the DLS method.

Brackley scored 139-2 in 48.5 overs, with Thame replying with 80-2 in 26.4 overs.

Tiddington 2nd’s game away to Bletchley was abandoned with Tiddington 97-4 in the 30th over.

Witney Mills’s long trip to Long Marston was also washed out.

Sam Buckfield (55) and Adam Mayho (44no) had steered Mills to 149-3 in the 30th over before rain had the final say.

In Division 5, James Boon struck 78 for Kingston Bagpuize as his side defeated visitors Didcot 2nd by 187 runs on the DLS method.

The hosts rattled up 259-8 in their 50 overs, Matthew Addison taking 4-45.

Didcot had reached 72-3 in 21.1 overs when rain forced the players off.

Cropredy 2nd posted a massive 228-run win on the DLS method against visitors Chearsley.

Mike Amos-Simpson (91) and Luke Cherry (72) helped Cropredy to a massive 328-8, and Chearsley reached 100-9 in 25 overs when the rain came.

All the other games in the division were ruined by the rain.

Aston Rowant 3rd’s match at home to Kimble was washed out after they had bowled Kimble out for 226, David Coates taking 4-25.

Cumnor 2nd were struggling at 38-5 in 9.1 overs when the rain came to their rescue.

Horspath 3rd had posted 166 all out, Joe Clapton taking 3-39.

Ceri Holmes took 4-24 for Horspath in Cumnor’s reply, but the wet weather intervened.

Leighton Buzzard Town 2nd were bowled out for 232 against hosts Dinton 2nd before the heavens opened and the match was abandoned.

Challow & Childrey 2nd cruised to a ten-wicket win at Banbury 4th in Division 6.

Banbury were all out for 175 as Freddie Robson took 4-62 and Martin Turnbull 3-13.

Robson completed a fine match, scoring 88 not out and Patrick Bryan 73 not out as Challow raced to 176-0 in the 31st over.

Minster Lovell 2nd defeated visitors Eynsham by 74 runs on the DLS method.

Eddie Dunn (52) saw Minster to 191 all out, with Eynsham reaching 117-7 in 37 overs, Sam Jones top-scoring with 76.

Ben Elkington’s century helped Twyford 2nd to 301-5 against Sandford St Martin 2nd to secure a 101-run win on the DLS method.

Sandford were 200-6 in 40 overs in their reply as Colin Simpson hit 106.

In Division 8, Witney Mills 2nd saw off visitors Long Marston 3rd by eight wickets.

Veteran seamer Richard Tilley rolled back the years with 4-10 as Marston were bowled out for 104, before Ross Morgan struck 76 not out to lead Mills to 105-2.

There was a maiden century for veteran Graham Nelson in Shipton 4th’s match at Abingdon Vale 4th in Division 10.

Unfortunately for Nelson, it was all in vain as they were eventually washed out.