Hindmarch inspires Cumberland
Paul Hindmarch took fine figures of 6-26 as Cumberland cruised to a 10-wicket Eastern Division victory over Lincolnshire to become the only team to triumph during the second round of MCCA Championship fixtures.
Lincolnshire, who won the toss, were always on the back foot after being dismissed for just 95 as Toby Bullock claimed 4-19 and Chris Miller returned 3-8.
Opener Josh Tolley’s 90 and 52 from number three Ryan Brown gave Cumberland a first-innings lead of 106 and, after Hindmarch skittled the visitors for just 109, the hosts knocked off the required runs inside three overs.
Rhys Wynne also took six wickets but Hertfordshire had to settle for a draw against Buckinghamshire.
Despite Wynne’s 6-47 off 21 overs, Buckinghamshire still posted 255 after being put into bat thanks to Zaheer Sher’s 66.
The visitors managed to build a first-innings lead of 22 after half-centuries from Andrew Lewis and W Jones, only for Buckinghamshire to reach 47 for one and take a share of the spoils.
Martyn Cull’s magnificent hundred was overshadowed by rain as Suffolk drew with Bedfordshire.
After the opening day was washed out, Cull smashed a run-a-ball 147 and Tom Huggins fell two short of a deserved ton as Suffolk made 390, Andy Reynoldson taking 6-95.
Huggins and Matt Hunn claimed four wickets apiece to dismiss Bedfordshire for 208 before they scrambled to 183 for five in their follow-on when time ran out.
Northumberland’s clash with Staffordshire was abandoned without a ball bowled due to the wet weather.
In the Western Division, centuries from Sean Griffiths and Aneurin Norman failed to inspire Wales to their first success of the campaign as Cheshire batted out the final day.
Scott Phillips’ five-wicket haul salvaged Wales a first-innings lead of 28 before Griffiths and Norman both registered 103 to set Cheshire 301 for victory.
Jonothan Kettle and Khalid Sawas passed fifty as Cheshire settled for a draw on 222 for six.
Only 81 overs were available over the three days at St Austell as Cornwall and Devon were left frustrated.
There was time for Rob Holman and Matthew Thompson to make 79 and 77 respectively, the latter’s unbeaten, as Devon made 294 for eight in between the showers.
Berkshire batsman Matthew Jones struck a second-innings unbeaten century to thwart high-flying Wiltshire’s victory charge.
Wiltshire were always in control after their bowlers backed up Joe Breet’s 106 to secure a lead of 44 and, despite Shaun Udal’s five-wicket haul, they were able to declare on 325 for eight as the number four continued his fine form with 85.
Berkshire, chasing an unlikely 369 to win, reached 196 for three as Jones made 107 off 114 balls and Bjorn Mordt compiled 57 in a second-wicket stand of 122.
Bowlers were on top in the contest between Oxfordshire and Dorset, but the elements prevented a positive result.
Dorset were reliant on a a partnership of 86 from Chris Park and Edwards Denham, who made 61 and 53 respectively, as they recovered from 49 for six to post 178 after winning the toss.
Denham’s 4-29 ensured that was 62 too many for Oxfordshire, who then reduced Dorset to 150 for seven second time around.