Minor Counties round-up: Berkshire collapse against Cheshire

Brad Wadlan - runs for Wales against Shropshire
Brad Wadlan - runs for Wales against Shropshire

Western Division round-up, by Paul Bolton

Banbury: Oxfordshire 246 (Richard Kaufman 64, Andrew Libby 4-51), Cornwall 90-3.

Honours even at Banbury where a half century from Richard Kaufman and 45 from captain Jonny Cater sustained Oxfordshire against the spin of Andrew Libby, Matt Rowe and Sam Wood.

Former Worcestershire, Somerset and Hampshire all-rounder Gareth Andrew removed both Cornwall openers before the close but Tom Rowe was unbeaten on 31 at the close.

South Wilts CC: Herefordshire 259 (Matt Pardoe 109 not out, Peter Burgoyne 54), Wiltshire 166-2 (Jack Haines 80 not out, Ed Young 63 not out).

A captain’s innings from Matt Pardoe, who carried his bat for his first championship century of the season, kept Herefordshire afloat.

Almost half of Herefordshire’s total were scored by Pardoe, the former Worcestershire left-hander, and former Derbyshire and Sussex all-rounder in Peter Burgoyne in a fifth wicket stand worth 120.

Wiltshire ended the day strongly with opener Jack Haines and captain Ed Young, formerly of Gloucestershire, sharing an unbroken third wicket partnership of 127.

Oswestry: Wales 421 (Oskar Kolk ,Umar Malik 100, Brad Wadlan 54, Warrick Fynn 4-75, Alex Wyatt 4-101), Shropshire 68-2.

A maiden Minor Counties century from Oskar Kolk, the St Fagans and Cardiff MCCU batsman, and a second of the season from Cardiff’s teenage opener Umar Malik frustrated Shropshire who opted to bowl first.

Kolk and Malik added 197 for the second wicket but Wales lost their last five wickets for 26 runs with slow left-armer Warrick Fynn, playing on his home ground, claiming his fourth haul of four wickets or more in successive innings.

Chester Boughton Hall: Cheshire 254-9 (Rick Moore 68, Simon Normanton 55 not out), Berkshire 63-6.

Berkshire, the defending champions, collapsed in the evening session against  former Derbyshire, Lancashire and Leicestershire seamer Wayne White, Loughborough MCCU paceman Chris Sanders and slow left-armer Danny Woods, who each took two wickets.

Half centuries from Rick Moore and all-rounder Simon Normanton took Cheshire to a competitive total despite three more wickets for former Middlesex slow left-armer Chris Peploe.