“We were clinical in all three disciplines”
Skipper James Morris described Berkshire's crushing of Shropshire as "one of the most pleasing results we have had for a long time."
He explained: "Not necessarily because of the wide margin of the win, but because how clinical we were throughout the game in all three disciplines (batting, bowling and fielding) and it was particularly pleasing to win with a session to spare."
Asked if he could have declared earlier, James replied: "Yes, possibly, but the way we went about our batting it gave us the option to take one result (a defeat) out of the game - that was the best way of going about it.
"We knew the wicket was going to fall apart and with the quality of our spinners we knew we would have chances to take wickets, though we didn't quite expect to take nine wickets in one session (between lunch and tea) - that was some achievement."
James felt that his side's first batting on the first day - which included a century from brother Richard - "he batted beautifully" - laid the foundations for their 322-run victory.
The captain added: "It's a bit of a cliche, but it is your first innings runs that usually wins you games. So it was a real Template-A performance, a nice big score on the board and then put pressure on them (opponents) through a lot of dot-balls from our bowlers."
This is now the other Western Division matches went this week:
Nantwich: Cheshire 375-7 (Danny Leech 112, Will Evans 71, Furqan Shafiq 63, Josh McCoy 4-82), Dorset 211 (Luke Webb 73, Alex Eckland 61, Danny Woods 4-66) & 312-8 (Edward Ellis 100 not out, Luke Webb 76, Danny Woods 5-116).
St Austell: Cornwall 193 (James Turpin 75, Luke Evans 4-64) & 363 (Sam Wood 102, Tommy Sturgess 54, Tahir Afridi 4-75), Wiltshire 270 (Brad Dawson 59, Matt Rowe 5-93) & 273-9 (Steve Bullen 82, Brad Dawson 55). Cornwall (9 pts) drew with Wiltshire (10 pts).
Wiltshire’s last wicket pair of Tahir Afridi (33 not out) and Ryan Murray (18 not out) held on in a thrilling finish, while Wiltshire were only 14 short of victory themselves after opener Steve Bullen and Brad Dawson, with his second half century of the match, had led the run chase.
Plymouth: Herefordshire 181 (Peter Burgoyne 76, Jamie Stephens 4-54) & 290 (Peter Burgoyne 79, Ben Twohig 64, Tom Hage 60), Devon 271 (Josh Mailling 153, Ben Twohig 4-87) & 91-4 (Alex Barrow 50, Ben Twohig 4-70, Peter Burgoyne 4-58). Herefordshire (21 pts) beat Devon (6 pts) by 23 runs. This was only Herefordshire's second win in Devon, who are still without a championship win this season.
St Edward’s School: Oxfordshire 377 (Richard Kaufman 101, Jonny Cater 71, Gareth Andrew 59, Tom Condon 52) & 262-6 dec (Jonny Cater 88, Harry Smith 74, Olly Clarke 54),Wales 180 (Olly Clarke 5-58) & 206 (Joe Voke 62, Tom Bevan 50, Olly Clarke 7-99). Oxfordshire (24 pts) beat Wales (5 pts) by 253 runs. Banbury slow left-armer Olly Clarke had match figures of 12-157.
Points totals with three matches completed: Berkshire 70, Shropshire 52, Oxfordshire 50, Herefordshire 48, Cornwall 35, Cheshire 32, Dorset 32, Devon 22, Wiltshire 20, Wales MC 19.
Updated 13:00 - 2 Jan 2019 by Dave Wright