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How our Western Division rivals fared this week

By Dave Wright

Henley ace Matt Rowe shines for Cornwall

Truro: Cornwall 245 (Tom Rowe 57, Wayne White 5-78) & 285-9 dec (Matt Rowe 93 not out, Sam Wood 51, Danny Woods 7-65), Cheshire 232 (Matt Rowe 5-63) & 223 (Wayne White 65 not out, Rick Moore 64, Matt Rowe 6-69, Andrew Libby 4-79). Cornwall (22 pts) beat Cheshire (6 pts) by 75 runs.[[/b]
An outstanding all-round performance from Henley's Matt Rowe took Cornwall to their second win of the season. Rowe was denied a century when he was struck on the helmet and forced to retire but he recovered sufficiently to claim career-best innings and match figures - 11-132 - with his off-spin.
Slow left-armer Andrew Libby formed an effective spin partnership with Rowe which overcame more resistance from former Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lancashire all-rounder Wayne White. Cheshire slow left-armer Danny Woods returned his best Minor Counties figures in five years.

Bournemouth: Shropshire 310 (Warrick Fynn 66, Steve Leach 63, Ross Aucott 58, Jigar Nailk 5-111) & 211 (Warrick Fynn 61, Jon Legg 6-58), Dorset 192 (Luke Webb 74, Warrick Fynn 4-58) & 167 (Alex Eckland 54, Warwick Fynn 7-60). Shropshire (23 pts) beat Dorset (5 pts) by 162 runs.
Oswestry all-rounder Warrick Fynn starred with bat and ball to help Shropshire to their third win of the season. Fynn followed up half-centuries in each of Shropshire’s innings and four wickets in Dorset’s first with seven in the second. The slow left-armer, who has played first-class cricket in his native South Africa finished with match figures of 11-118.
Former Leicestershire seamer Alex Wyatt gave Fynn excellent support by taking 3-8n 13-second innings overs.

Brockhampton: Oxfordshire 302 (Harry Smith 74, Gareth Andrew 66, Matt Pardoe 4-61) & 165 (Richard Kaufman 57, Jamie McIlroy 6-33), Herefordshire 346 (David Ball 156 not out, Joe Ellis-Dabrowski 61, Richard Kaufman 4-36) & 107 (Gareth Andrew 5-45). Oxfordshire (23 pts) beat Herefordshire (8 pts) by 14 runs
Former Somerset, Worcestershire and Hampshire all-rounder Gareth Andrew led Oxfordshire to their third straight win.
Andrew claimed his third five-wicket haul of the season to deny Herefordshire victory in their 300th match in all Minor Counties competitions.
Ollie Price, a 17-year-old off-spinner from Great & Little Tew, gave Andrew splendid support by taking 3-14 on his debut including the wicket of Herefordshire captain Matt Pardoe, the former Worcestershire opener, who top scored with 35.

Pontarddulais: Wales 84 & 341 (Chris Matthews 73, Joe Voke 67, Omar Malik 63, Mujahid Ilyas 52), Wiltshire 161 (Tom Morton 71, Richard Edwards 5-65, Joe Voke 4-28) & 265-7 (Jack Haines 86). Wiltshire (20 pts) beat Wales (4 pts) by three wickets
Wiltshire held their nerve to clinch their first win of the season, scoring the 53 runs they needed for the loss of two more wickets on the last day. They lost Brad Dawson early, but a seventh-wicket stand of 42 between Tom Morton (25 not out) and Tahir Afridi (34) took them to within eight runs of victory.

Western Division placings (all played 4 games): Berkshire 94 points, Shropshire 75, Oxfordshire 73, Cornwall 57, Herefordshire 56, Cheshire 38, Wiltshire 38, Dorset 37, Devon 25, Wales 21.

Updated 13:00 - 2 Jan 2019 by Dave Wright

Where next?

Squad to travel to Cheshire Russell and Cracknell called up
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