OLLIE Wright starred with a superb spell as Banbury thrashed hosts Horspath by nine wickets to set the pace at the top of Home Counties League Division 1.

The seamer returned 4-13 in ten overs as Horspath slumped from 38-0 to 117 all out.

The visitors knocked off the runs inside 27 overs for their second successive win.

Horspath’s opening batsmen Jamie Stead and Robbie Eason started well after being put in to bat.

But Wright dismissed both openers plus Tom Coleman and James Fitzjohn, while Jack Wilkins claimed the valuable scalp of Rameez Raja.

There was no recovery from that. Horspath’s top scorer was extras with 31 as they were bowled out in the 44th over.

Although Horspath skipper Will Eason tried eight bowlers, they could not stop Craig Haupt and Lloyd Sabin, with an unbeaten 51 off 68 balls, leading them to a comfortable victory.

Oxford suffered a tense two-wicket defeat in the last over at home to High Wycombe, despite having the upper hand for much of the game.

Choosing to bat first, Oxford lost both Owyn Tong-Jones and Andrew Clough for ducks.

The recovery centred around Mohammad Ayub and skipper John Barrett, whose 51 took 81 balls before he was out in the final over.

Oxford’s total of 186-8 was not a big one, but Wycombe were soon struggling after Richard Musk, who finished with 3-48, dismissed both openers.

Chris Humphreys and Andrew Clough worked their way through the middle order to leave the visitors struggling at 136-7.

But Wycombe got home from the first ball of the final over.

After last week’s win over Henley, Great & Little Tew lost by nine wickets at Slough.

Put in to bat, Tew slumped to 49-6 and did well to see out their full 50 overs.

Andy Harris led the way with an unbeaten 51 as they battled to 155-8.

Slough, with unbeaten half-centuries from Fahim Qureshi and Lloyd Paternott, got home in the 39th over, despite a top spell of 1-12 from ten overs by left-arm spinner Joe Thomas.

James McDougall showed his class to guide Aston Rowant to a nine-wicket victory over Datchet in Division 2.

The New Zealander, who made 87 not out shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 142 with Tom Condon to ease Rowant past the visitors’ 170-9 to make it two wins out of two for the Oxfordshire club.

Datchet were always struggling after winning the toss as Wes Morrick’s tight opening spell put them on the back foot.

With young spinners Adam Muttitt and Sasha Barras tying down the middle order, the Berkshire side made only 170-9. Morrick finished with an amazing 1-6 from nine overs.

Rowant knocked off the runs in just 33 overs thanks to McDougall and Condon.

An excellent all-round display from Anupam Sanklecha could not prevent Shipton-under-Wychwood suffering a last-over defeat at Harefield.

Sanklecha struck 92 off just 69 balls with two sixes and 11 fours to help the visitors reach 231-8, after opener Andy Hemming had laid the platform with 58.

However, a second-wicket stand of 114 between Matthew Ogden and Dhavalkumar Norotam put Harefield on course for victory.

Sanklecha (3-30) did his best to stem the tide, but the hosts won with four wickets and four balls to spare.

Thame Town lost by seven wickets at home to Buckingham with just an over left.

Half-centuries from Michael Beard and Richard Straughan helped Thame, who were put in to bat, recover from a poor start to make 205-8. Straughan’s 61 came of only 701 balls.

Leigh Tomlinson and Ashley Pearson timed Buckingham’s run chase to perfection, thanks to a late burst from Oxon skipper Jonny Cater.