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Buckinghamshire were the only victors in the opening round of Minor Counties Championship games, beating hosts Cambridgeshire by 139 runs in a contrived result at March.

After no play was possible on day one of three, the visitors posted 222 all out, with Fahim Qureshi making 76 and Jason Harrison 58. Lewis Bruce took 4-69 and Joe Dawborn 3-39.

Chad Keegan

Former Sussex seam bowler Chad Keegan claimed 5-30 for Oxfordshire in their draw against Berkshire at Henley-on-Thames

Attempting to set up a positive result on the last day, Cambridgeshire forfeited their first innings and allowed Buckinghamshire to declare on 68 for one from 6.5 overs.

Set 291 for victory, the home side struggled in the face of 5-30 from Simon Stanway and were all out in 65.1 overs.

The other Eastern Division game saw Suffolk host Norfolk at Bury St Edmonds.

Following a washout on day one, the visitors made 263 for six declared - James Spelman top-scoring with 62 and Christopher Swallow claiming 4-83.

In reply Martyn Cull and Hasan Adnan added 196 for the third wicket, hitting 98 and 111 respectively in a total of 318 for seven declared.

That left time only for Norfolk to reach 71 for two in their second innings.

In the Western Division Berkshire came close to victory over hosts Oxfordshire in a low-scoring contest at Henley-on-Thames, yet an opening day washout proved decisive.

Bjorn Mordt’s 5-49 helped to limit Oxfordshire to 105 all out, but the reply brought just 10 more with Chad Keegan returning 5-30.

Simon Hole’s 74 and Tom Nugent’s 4-53 left Berkshire 162 to win and they reached 134 for two from 38 overs.

Only three innings were possible between hosts Dorset and Wiltshire at Bournemouth.

Responding to the visitors’ 321 for six declared, of which Richard Underdown top-scored in the match with 91, Dorset declared on 312 for nine with Tom Hicks unbeaten on 65.

Wiltshire then moved to 132 for five from 50 overs.