MINOR COUNTIES Dorset at double in championship

dorset cccDorset made it back-to-back home wins in the Minor Counties Championship with an innings and 23 runs victory over Herefordshire at Bashley.

Inexperienced Herefordshire were shot out for 128 in their second innings with former Leicestershire off-spinner Jigar Naik taking four for 47 to finish with eight wickets in the match.

It was Herefordshire’s second two-day defeat of the season and was hard on all-rounder David Ball who top-scored in both innings and returned career-best figures of seven for 86 in Dorset’s innings.

But Herefordshire lacked the depth of Dorset’s batting and they were unable to take the match into a third day.

An intriguing final day is in prospect at Bridgnorth thanks to Shropshire slow left-armer Warrick Fynn who took 11 wickets in the match against Cornwall.

Fynn followed up his six wickets in the first innings with five more in the second to finish with a match haul of 11 for 124, not quite his career best.

At one point Fynn reduced Cornwall to 31 for six in their second innings but they were revived by a masterful 94 from 97 balls from former captain Matt Robins.

Robins played with assurance against the spinners but he missed out on a century as he was caught behind off Ben Roberts when Shropshire turned to seam.

Thanks to Robins Cornwall were able to set Shropshire 229 to win on a wearing pitch.

Captain Joe Carrasco led Shropshire’s chase with a half century but slow left-armer Andrew Libby chipped away with three wickets.

Shropshire, with Fynn unbeaten on 29, need 54 more for victory, Cornwall need five wickets.

Earlier Greg Smith, the former Derbyshire and Essex off-spinner completed his second five wicket haul of the season to wrap up Shropshire’s first innings.

Oxfordshire’s Olly Clarke is better known as a slow left-arm bowler but he almost made a maiden century against Wales at Usk.

Clarke made 97 from 145 balls before he became one of four wickets for former Hampshire Academy seamer Andrew Gorvin on his Wales debut.

Solid batting down the order helped Oxfordshire build a first innings lead of 146 which Wales reduced by 95 for the loss of four wickets.

Former Lancashire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire all-rounder Wayne White again impressed as Devon’s locum professional against Wiltshire at Sandford.

White followed up his first day half century by taking seven for 62 but Wiltshire trailed by only 44 thanks to Uzair Qureshi’s 81 and handy contributions from skipper Ed Young and Brad Dawson.

Ben Beaumont’s second innings half century helped Devon to 178 for six in their second innings.

Defending champions Berkshire are well-placed for a third win of the season after another day of pressure cricket against Cheshire at Finchampstead.

First they dismissed Cheshire for 98 with off-spinner Euan Woods taking four for 14.

Berkshire opted to bat again and build on a lead of 186 which they stretched to 415 with Dan Lincoln clobbering six sixes in his rapid 81.

Cheshire fared better second time around but they still have a mountain to climb to avoid defeat on the final day.

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