It was honours even in the Home Counties Premier Cricket derby at Ledwell Road where Great & Little Tew ended Banbury’s five-match winning run.
Having been inserted by the joint leaders, Tew made a steady start in the division one fixture, with the top order all making useful contributions. Openers Matt Clarke and Jordan Garrett 48 gave the home side a solid foundation with Dain Moreton 33 and Joe White 59 carrying on the good work as Tew reached 140-4.
But the wickets began to tumble and Tew were dismissed for 216 runs in the 64th over while Luke Ryan took 4-45.
In reply, Banbury were in early trouble at 38-2 but Kurtis Patterson steadied the ship and remained to the end as the visitors chipped away at the target. But late wickets hampered Banbury’s run chase as they closed on 183-9 with Patterson hitting an unbeaten 92 runs while skipper Andy Harris picked up 5-65.
Despite the draw, Banbury went clear at the top following Henley’s defeat against Finchampstead.