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Cornwall defence hit by back-to-back losses

Minor Counties Championship holders Cornwall suffered a second straight defeat at the start of their defence.

Having lost to local rivals Devon a fortnight ago, Cornwall were beaten by Oxfordshire at Truro. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonathan Carter starred for the visitors with twin tons, the latter unbeaten to secure a five-wicket win.

Francois Vainker’s 13 wickets boosted the hosts, but Oxfordshire built on an eight-run first-innings lead by comfortably chasing 228.

Wales Minor Counties, who lead a fledgling table, were one of four Western Division sides to make it two victories from two along with Berkshire, Cheshire and Shropshire.

The Welsh pursued 290 to beat Devon, for whom James Toms his the only hundred of the game, by two wickets at Usk.

Berkshire thrashed Herefordshire by 185 runs at Eastnor thanks in part to 10 wickets for Richard Logan and nine for Gurveer Singh. Cheshire overcame Wiltshire by 34 runs at Chester despite 11 wickets for Tahir Afridi. Shropshire saw off Dorset by 127 runs at Bridgnorth.

Leaders Hertfordshire are the only team in the Eastern Division with two triumphs after a high-scoring six-wicket win over Lincolnshire at Hertford.

Dan Birch made 200 for the visitors but Daniel Blacktopp and Henry Ramsden put on 292 in the first-innings reply en route to 155 and 126 respectively.

Suffolk and Cumberland secured their first victories in the 2013 competition. The former beat Cambridgeshire by four wickets at Bury St Edmunds and the latter defeated Norfolk by eight wickets at Barrow-in-Furness.

Bedfordshire and Staffordshire shared what was a second draw for both sides. Luke Thomas’ 125 aided a first-innings lead of 253 for Bedfordshire at Luton, but Tim Maxfield and Peter Wilshaw responded with a 289-run alliance. Maxfield made 221 and Wilshaw 138.

Buckinghamshire were also held to a second draw, by Northumberland at High Wycombe. Buckinghamshire’s top three of Fahim Qureshi, Hamza Taj and former Northamptonshire batsman Rob White struck second-innings tons, the latter ending unbeaten on 211.


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