Loye puts Bedfordshire to the sword
Former England international Mal Loye cracked 179 to help unbeaten Buckinghamshire to an eight-wicket win over Bedfordshire in the MCCA Championship Eastern Division match at Slough.
Loye, who represented Lancashire and Northamptonshire in county cricket, was chiefly responsible for guiding Bucks to 335 for eight declared in response to their opponents’ first-innings score of 252 for nine, which featured 125 from Steve Stubbings.
Bedfordshire then subsided to 170 all out at the second time of asking, leaving a routine victory target of 88.
Darren Bicknell hit a first-innings hundred and Paul McMahon finished with 10 wickets in the match as second-placed Cambridgeshire defeated Lincolnshire by 12 runs in a thriller at Grantham.
Lincolnshire were on course to reach their target, only to then lose their last four wickets in quick succession as McMahon made swift work of the tail.
Norfolk lie third after a comprehensive innings-and-33-run triumph over Hertfordshire, but only 26.3 overs were possible at Jesmond, where Northumberland and Cumberland were forced to settle for a draw.
Staffordshire and Suffolk also shared the spoils at Knypersley in a match that saw the visitors’ Ben France and home batsman Kadeer Ali compile centuries.
Wiltshire thrashed Hertfordshire by an innings and 98 runs at South Wilts CC to move to the top of the Western Division.
A total of 294 proved more than enough after Wiltshire had opted to bat first as Herts collapsed on two occasions, registering paltry scores of 102 and 94.
Tahir Afridi returned match figures of 10-89 for the victors.
Cornwall somehow escaped defeat against Oxfordshire, despite a woeful second-innings performance at Great & Little Tew.
Hundreds from openers Richard Kaufman, who had earlier taken 5-81 with the ball, and Lloyd Sabin propelled Oxfordshire to 458 for six declared and a first-innings lead of 119.
Cornwall were then reduced to 97 for nine, but Chad Keegan’s five-wicket haul ultimately proved in vain.
Richard Oliver’s 175 and five wickets from Tom Friend helped Shropshire defeat Wales Minor Counties by 44 runs in a rain-hit encounter at Oswestry.
Cheshire ran out comfortable winners against Berkshire, by a margin of 183 runs, while the clash between Devon and Dorset was abandoned due to rain.