DATCHET have been knocked off top spot in Division One of the Home Counties Premier Cricket League after a rain-affected draw at Banbury on Saturday.

Banbury won the toss and chose to field first, with their hosts managing 151-7 from 62 overs.

Number five Joseph Thomas top-scored with 40 runs from 87 balls, with four boundaries and one maximum hit.

Vishal Aeri, batting at number seven, finished unbeaten with 37 runs, while captain Steven Naylor made 24 and David Brent 20.

Joe Thomas was the pick of the Banbury bowling attack with his figures of 3-28 from 14 overs, which includes the wickets of Naylor and Thomas.

Oliver Wright claimed the wickets of both opening batsman Joe Barrett (4) and Gheyas Khan (0) in his 3-36 from 19 overs.

The home side managed 24-1 from eight overs before rain put a stop to play in Oxfordshire.

Captain and opening batsman Lloyd Sabin was unbeaten with 15 runs and Edward Phillips made nine. The sole wicket fell to Oliver Smithson, 1-15 from four overs.

The draw means


have lost their 100 per-cent record this season and are now second in the table behind defending champions, Henley.

Datchet return to the Wally Gage Memorial Ground for the visit of Horspath this Saturday (11am).

Cookham Dean have recorded back-to-backs wins for the first time this season in Division Two following their 16-run victory against Harefield.

Harefield won the toss and elected to field first at Ricketts Field, with the home side making 104 runs all out from 29.4 overs.

Number three Yash Rastogi and Simret Mangat, batting at number eight, both made 19 runs whilst Robert Mettler was the only other batsman to reach double figures with 10.

Jordan McLeod was the destroyer-in-chief for Harefield with his figures of 6-42 from 14 overs, which included the wickets of both Tom Fray and Sahan Nanayakkara for a duck.

McLeod was backed up by Thomas Crick, who claimed 3-26 from 11 overs, and Lee Tyrrell with 1-18 from four overs.

The visitors managed 88 runs all out from 29.3 overs in response to suffer just their second defeat this season, which has seen them fallen to second place in the table.

Wasim Ahmed spearheaded the


bowling attack with his figures of 8-42 from 15 overs, which includes the wicket of Aidan Summerfield for a golden duck. It is his second five-wicket-haul this season and takes his average down to an impressive 9.39.

The win means Cookham Dean now stand in fifth position in the table ahead of a trip to second-bottom Amersham this Saturday (11.30am).