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Berkshire lose top spot - but then regain it!

By Dave Wright

Shropshire deducted two penalty points

Berkshire are back on top of the Western Division table. It first seemed that they had been pushed down a rung as they took 23 points from their 95-run win over Wiltshire while Shropshire earned 24 points for their 128-victory against Herefordshire. However, the MCCA's updated table shows Shropshire have been deducted two points (we presume for a slow-over rate but that's not confirmed) and so Berkshire regain pole position on 46 points, one more than Shropshire.
These two unbeaten sides meet at Finchampstead in their next game, starting Sunday, July 22nd.

Here's a summary of this week's Western Division games.

Werrington: Devon 136 (Josh Bess 58, Tom Dinnis 5-46) & 469-7 dec (Alex Barrow 163, Jamie Stephens 97, Josh Bess 89), Cornwall 271 (Paul Smith 83 not out, Jake Libby 67, Jamie Stephens 6-92) & 335-4 (Jake Libby 142 not out, Paul Smith 86 not out, Sam Wood 69). Cornwall (22 pts) beat Devon (4 pts) by six wickets.
Nottinghamshire batsman Jake Libby (pictured) led Cornwall to their highest-ever successful run chase in this local derby with an unbeaten century and 209 runs in the match. Cornwall’s previous best successful run chase was 322 against Shropshire in 2005.
Libby, back with his native county while he is not required for Vitality Blast duty by Nottinghamshire, made his first Minor Counties Championship century in four years to see Cornwall to what appeared a challenging target.
Libby shared a fourth-wicket stand of 140 with Sam Wood, the former Nottinghamshire batsman, and an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 146 with Paul Smith to see Cornwall to victory.
Eastnor: Shropshire 396-9 (Alexei Kervezee 158, Ross Aucott 126, Alex Wilkinson 5-53) & 280-8 dec (Omar Ali 85, Alexei Kervezee 54, Tom Cummins 5-69), Herefordshire 170 & 378 (Barney Morgan 147 not out, Tom Cummins 55, Alex Wyatt 4-61). Shropshire (24 pts) beat Herefordshire (4 pts) by 128 runs.
Shropshire’s march to victory was slowed by a maiden Minor Counties century from Kidderminster Victoria’s Barney Morgan.
Morgan shared a Herefordshire last wicket partnership of 67 with Dan Conway which was three more than Conway and Peter Burgoyne added for the last wicket against Wales two years ago. Conway was last out for 49 to give former Leicestershire seamer Alex Wyatt his fourth wicket of the innings and seventh of the match.
Banbury: Oxfordshire 171 (James Hayman 4-42) & 226 (Gareth Andrew 72 not out), Dorset 119 (Gareth Andrew 8-40) & 157 (Gareth Andrew 6-67). Oxfordshire (20pts) beat Dorset (4 pts) by 121 runs.
Oxfordshire’s former Somerset, Worcestershire and Hampshire all-rounder Gareth Andrew finished with match figures of 14 for 107.
Andrew followed up his eight wickets in Dorset’s first innings with six more to help Oxfordshire to their first championship win of the season. Andrew also made the only half-century of a low-scoring match.
Abergavenny: Cheshire 415-7 (Furqan Shafiq 108, Will Evans 73 not out, Danny Leech 65, Sam Pearce 4-107) & 243-6 dec (Cal Rowe 98, Mojed Ilyas 4-57, Wales 160 (Cameron Herring 90, Yuvraj Odedra 45) & 331-8 (Mujahid Ilyas 116 not out, Sam Pearce 98. Wales (7 pts) drew with Cheshire (12 pts).
For the second successive Minor Counties Championship match Wales mounted a brave last day rearguard action to secure a draw.
Cardiff batsman Mujahid Ilyas, 18, was the hero with an unflustered maiden Minor Counties century in only his second match for Wales but first in the championship. He batted through the final day and faced 332 balls.
Ilyas shared a seventh-wicket stand of 163 with Sam Pearce, a Wales record for that wicket, which bettered the 145 that Pearce and Chris Matthews added in the first innings against Devon two weeks ago.

Updated 13:00 - 2 Jan 2019 by Dave Wright

Where next?

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