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Cornwall went level on points with Shropshire at the top of the Minor Counties Championship Western Division with the only positive result among 10 round three games, largely due to the rain that has blighted the English summer.

It prevented play on day one against Wiltshire at Falmouth but yesterday Cornwall, having been put in, posted what proved to be a strong 199. Opening batsman Jake Libby top-scored with 44, although he was overshadowed by Henry Langford taking 7-46.

Wiltshire could make only 68 and, after Cornwall declared on 93 for eight, Thomas Sharp and Samuel Hockin shared nine second-innings wickets today in a 123-run win.

Shropshire put Berkshire in at Newbury and conceded 280, mainly courtesy of James Morris’ 107. They could reach just 79 for three in reply.

One innings was possible at Sidmouth as Herefordshire scored 142 for eight versus third-placed Devon, who are level on points with Dorset after their match against Cheshire at Alderley Edge was abandoned without a ball bowled. The same fate befell Oxfordshire and Wales Minor Counties at East Challow.

Eastern Division leaders Staffordshire also suffered a washout with second-placed Buckinghamshire at Stoke-on-Trent.

Cumberland - who lie third - reached 127 for five in reply to Cambridgeshire’s 303 for eight declared at March.

Fourth-placed Northumberland registered 246, but surrendered a one-run first innings deficit to Bedfordshire before responding with 186 for one at Dunstable.

Hertfordshire and Suffolk each forfeited an innings but could not contrive a result, with 300 for seven declared and 185 for eight at Long Marston.

Lincolnshire were 88 for five in the only innings with Norfolk at Cleethorpes.