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Wiltshire firing on all cylinders

Wiltshire continued their fine form by moving to the top of the Unicorns Championship Western Division with a convincing 97-run victory over Dorset at Station Road.  

Jacob Lintott took 5-42 as Devon dismissed Wiltshire, who are also into the last four of the Unicorns Knockout Trophy, for 332.

However, they conceded a first-innings deficit of 72 when they were bowled out for just 260 and, after Jamie Levitt added 102 to his earlier half-century, Wiltshire declared on 373 for six.

Requiring a mammoth 446 for victory, Dorset fell short on 348 despite an unbeaten 87 from Chris Park. 

Devon are a point behind the leaders following a second successive victory, hammering Oxfordshire by nine wickets at White Post Road.

After dismissing Oxfordshire for 252, Liam Lewis and Rob Holman struck centuries to lift their side to 380 for eight declared, a first-innings lead of 128.

Three wickets apiece from Joshua Bess and Jack Popham dismissed Oxfordshire for just 140, leaving Devon with a victory target of just 13, which they completed for the loss of one wicket in 2.4 overs.   

Wales Minor Counties sit third in the table after drawing with Berkshire at Usk Cricket Club Ground.

The hosts won the toss and posted 314 courtesy of 72 and 87 from Dion Holden and Aneurin Norman respectively before securing a first-innings lead of 161 after dismissing their opponents for just 153.

Wales Minor Counties recovered from an early collapse to make 264, with Norman hitting a second successive half-century, and set the visitors 426 for victory.

Former Northamptonshire batsman Ben Howgego struck a century and 88 for Cambridgeshire against Buckinghamshire at London Road

Berkshire were up against it on 66 for five, but Matthew Carter ensured they reached 190 for seven and a draw with an unbeaten 49 from number eight. 

Richard Moore compiled a century as Cheshire collected the first win of their defence, beating Cornwall by 40 runs at Moss Lane.

Moore’s 122 prompted the hosts to declare on 280 for nine before 16-year-old Harry Killoran’s 5-64 dismissed Cornwall for just 158.

The visitors responded by skittling Cheshire for 135 to set a victory target of 258, which proved too much for Cornwall despite 91 off 72 balls from Christian Purchase. 

Shropshire are rooted to the bottom of the table following a 260-run loss to Herefordshire at Priorslee Road.

Herefordshire managed only 152 after winning the toss, but secured a first-innings lead of nine when Bradley Wadlan ripped through Shropshire with fine figures of 6-26.

Former Glamorgan player Michael O’Shea top-scored with 70 as Herefordshire declared on 364 for nine, with ex-Yorkshire spinner Gurman Randhawa taking 5-146.  

Chasing 374 to win, Shropshire were never in it and only managed 113 in 40.1 overs. 

Cambridgeshire top the Eastern Division after drawing with Buckinghamshire at London Road.

Karl Turner, formerly of Nottinghamshire, hit 175 from the top of the order in a losing cause for Northumberland at Roseworth Terrace

Ben Howgego, formerly of Northamptonshire, and AM Butt struck centuries to enable Cambridgeshire to declare on 475 for seven.

Joe Barrs’ five-wicket haul helped dismiss Buckinghamshire for 197 and, after Howgego’s 88 propelled Cambridgeshire to 246 for six, the visitors required a huge victory target of 525.

Rob White, another ex-Northants player, was not overawed by the challenge, hitting an unbeaten 185 off 254 balls, but Buckinghamshire had to settle on 426 for eight. 

Lincolnshire claimed their first triumph at the second attempt courtesy of a 172-run victory over Northumberland at Roseworth Terrace.

Karl Turner, a former Hampshire and Nottinghamshire player, contributed 175 from the top of the order as Northumberland, with 337 all out, secured a first-innings advantage of 12.

Karanjit Bansal then followed Turner to three figures as his 127 enabled Lincolnshire to declare on 351 for four, setting their opponents 340 to win.

They were never in the hunt, with Benjamin Powell taking 4-32 in Northumberland’s 167 all out which included 56 from ex-Leicestershire batsman Jacques du Toit. 

Former Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman Simon Guy struck a vital hundred in Suffolk’s draw with Cumberland at the Victory Ground.

Guy’s crucial second-innings 116 lifted Suffolk to 377, setting Cumberland 255 for win after they had secured a first-innings lead of 123 courtesy of opener James Lowe’s 114.

But Cumberland had to settle for a draw as they ended the final day on 113 for four.


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