Oaksey earned a comfortable victory against Ashton Keynes to extend their lead at the top of the table.

The weather intervened with a vengeance in this week’s Cain & Fuller CDCA Division One programme.

After a very wet week four matches were cancelled due to wet pitches.

The only game to be played was at Ashton Keynes where the hosts performed miracles to get the game on.

Oaksey were grateful for this opportunity and grabbed it with both hands.

After being inserted in damp conditions Oaksey immediately lost a wicket to Anton Lovatt (2-34) but brushed this setback aside through an excellent knock from Dan Bye (53) who was well supported by Hector Whitrow (35) and Dan Horton (30).

Further rebuilding was required when these wickets fell to a fine spell from Tom Waller (3-39) and the man for the job was Ben Langridge (34*) who batted sensibly to facilitate some excellent late hitting from Phil Cassrels (48) and take the Oaksey score to 218-6, an impressive score for the conditions.

The various rain delays resulted in a target of 167 in 27 overs for the hosts. A bright start from George Ford (21) provided some promise and a decent knock from Will Shelley (21) kept the hosts in the game. However some fine bowling from Hector Whitrow (3-11) and Ken Lane (2-25) backed up by some good ground fielding and excellent catching forced the required run-rate ever upwards and the hosts ran out 50 runs short at 117-9 at the end of their 27 overs.

With all other matches cancelled Oaksey extended their lead at the top to 23 points.

Ashton Keynes v Oaksey

Oaksey 218-6 (19 pts) Dan Bye 53, Phil Cassrels 48, Hector Whitrow 35, Ben Langridge 34*, Dan Horton 30, Tom Waller 3-39, Anton Lovatt 2-34

Ashton Keynes 117-9 (5 pts) (revised target 167 off 27 overs) George Ford 21, Will Shelley 21, Hector Whitrow 3-11, Ken Lane 2-25

Oaksey won by 50 runs.

Elsewhere, Barnsley Beeches v Oakridge, South Cerney v Bibury, Minety & Northleach v Fairford 2nd XI, Minety & Northleach v Fairford 2nd XI and Longborough & Sezincote v Avening & Cherington were cancelled due to rain.