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Oxfordshire continue momentum

Group Four leaders Oxfordshire maintained their 100 per cent start in the Unicorns Knockout Trophy with a 39-run victory over Buckinghamshire at Vicarage Hill.

Jonathan Cater and Chad Keegan struck half-centuries, the latter’s unbeaten, as Oxfordshire posted 256 for seven after they chose to bat.

Despite 52 from opening batsman Hamza Taj, Buckinghamshire fell short on 217 for seven.

Defending champions Berkshire suffered their second successive defeat, losing heavily to a Michael Hill-inspired Staffordshire by 154 runs.

Hill hit fives sixes and five fours in his 65-ball unbeaten 75, adding to Peter Wilshaw’s 65 from the top of the order as Staffordshire, who chose to bat, made a commanding 282 for nine.

That proved well beyond Berkshire, with Hill taking 5-10 off five overs to skittle them for just 128 inside 32 overs.

Devon top Group One after Liam Lewis’ unbeaten ton led his side to a resounding nine-wicket victory over Dorset at the Fortfield.

The hosts’ decision to field paid dividends when they dismissed Dorset for 149 in 45.2 overs, Joshua Bess taking 3-22.

Lewis, who hit fifties in his side’s previous two encounters, blazed eight fours and a quintet of maximums to lead Devon to victory with 131 balls remaining.

Josef Breet’s unbeaten 85 helped Wiltshire secure their second win in as many matches, triumphing by 21 runs in a rain-reduced match versus Cornwall at Station Road.

Billy Root, right, brother of England batsman Joe, left, led the way for Suffolk with 116 off 115 deliveries

Breet and Michael Coles, with 53, were the only two players to get into double figures for Wiltshire, who managed 185 for eight in 26 overs after losing the toss.

Tahir Afridi’s 3-27 from five overs helped restrict Cornwall to 165.

Suffolk are three points clear at the top of Group Two after Billy Root’s century saw off the challenge of Bedfordshire by four wickets at the Victory Ground.

After winning the toss, the home side limited Bedfordshire to 235 for nine, Luke Thomas contributing 60 from the top of the order.

But that was not enough as Michael Comber, who made 52, and Root, brother of England batsman Joe, combined in a third-wicket stand of 125.

Root was dismissed for 116 off 115 balls in the 45th over, leaving former Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman Simon Guy and Tom Rash to get their team over the line with 26 deliveries unused.

Hertfordshire's clash with Cambridgeshire at Brunton Memorial Ground fell victim to the weather.

Lee Dixon smashed a century as Cheshire defeated Cumberland by 38 runs, condemning the Group Three leaders to their first defeat of the competition at Parkgate.

The number four blazed 11 fours and five sixes in a 62-ball 103 to lift Cheshire, put into bat by their opponents, to 256 for seven.

Richard Moore took 4-37 to damage Cumberland’s reply and, despite half-centuries from Logan Weston and Alex Atkinson, they were restricted to 218 for nine.

Wet weather prevented any action between Northumberland and Shropshire at Osborne Avenue. 


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