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Chris Jones hit a Minor Counties record 363 runs in his two innings as Dorset beat Shropshire by 123 runs in the MCCA Championship Western Division.

The 21-year-old Somerset batsman hit 175 followed up with 188 from 185 balls - a Minor Counties record for the highest aggregate score.

It was also the first time a batsman had compiled two scores over 150 in a match.

Jono Whitney hit a century of his own in reply for Shropshire, but Jack Leach claimed eight wickets in the match to secure victory for Dorset.

Sam Hockin's 10-wicket haul and an unbeaten 125 from Taylor Williams ensured Western Division leaders Cornwall remained top of the pile after they beat Cheshire by 105 runs.

Oxfordshire defeated Herefordshire by 107 runs with Jonny Cater top scoring with 106; Ashur Morrison’s 11 wickets proved crucial as Wiltshire claimed a seven-wicket victory over Wales while Berkshire and Devon played out a draw.

Bedfordshire suffered one of the heaviest defeat in their 112-year history when they went down by an innings and 110 runs to Cumberland in the Eastern Division.

Cumberland posted a mammoth 454 from 90 overs, James Lowe top-scoring with 134 and Gary Pratt smashing an unbeaten 114 from 67 balls.

Bedfordshire would never get close to the total as Toby Bulcock claimed nine wickets in the match to earn a victory that moves Cumberland to the top of the division.

Cambridgeshire claimed a narrow six-run win over Suffolk after the visitors were bowled out for just 143 in their second innings, thanks largely to four wickets from Lewis Bruce and three for Joe Barrs, who claimed nine in the match.

Atiq-ur-Rehman Chishti’s 158 ensured Staffordshire earned a draw against Norfolk; Hertfordshire drew with Northumberland and Buckinghamshire claimed a comfortable 90-run victory over Lincolnshire to remain second in the Eastern Division.

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