Oxfordshire 299-8 (Jonny Cater 114 not out, Harry Smith 60, Thomas Condon 59, Chris Peploe 4-114) and 179 (Jonny Cater 67, Andy Rishton 6-48), Berkshire 388-7 (Waqas Hussain 105, Richard Morris 82, Joe Thomas 4-107) and 93-1 (Waqas Hussain 57 not out). Berkshire (23 pts) beat Oxfordshire (6 pts) by nine wickets.
Berkshire made a winning start to their attempt to win the Minor Counties Championship for a third consecutive season despite more resistance from Oxfordshire captain Jonny Cater. Cater faced 180 balls for his second innings 67 but only one other batsman reached 20. Seamer Andy Rishton, with two five-wicket hauls for Loughborough MCCU this season, took his first in Minor Counties cricket and Waqas Hussain completed a productive match with an unbeaten 50 to go with his first-innings century.
Sandford: Devon 476-9 (Zac Bess 116, Tom Lammonby 102, Josh Bess 94, James Burke 58) and 269-4 dec (Tom Lammonby 100 not out, Tom Ansell 50), Wales 182 (Sam Pearce 79 not out, Chris Matthews 68,Josh Bess 4-30) and 456-9 (Brad Wadlan 118, Umar Malik 105, Joe Voke 72, Sam Pearce 63. Devon (12 pts) drew with Wales (4 pts).
A brave rearguard action from Wales denied Devon in a remarkable high-scoring contest that produced 1,383 runs over the three days. A century on Minor Counties Championship debut from 17-year-old Cardiff opener Umar Malik, a captain’s century from Brad Wadlan and a second half century of the match from Sam Pearce all served to frustrate Devon. Pearce was ninth out but the last wicket pair of Richard Edwards and Ben Roberts held on to salvage four points for Wales. Mailk and Joe Voke added 149 for the first wicket after Wales had been set the task of scoring 564 for victory.
England Under-19 captain Tom Lammonby, who made two centuries in the match, was only the fourth Devon batsman to achieve the feat in the competition. Pearce was ninth out but the last wicket pair of Richard Edwards and Ben Roberts held on to salvage four points for Wales. Mailk and Joe Voke added 149 for the first wicket after Wales had been set the task of scoring 564 for victory. England Under-19 captain Tom Lammonby, who made two centuries in the match, was only the fourth Devon batsman to achieve the feat in the competition.
Sherborne School: Dorset 170 (Luke Evans 6-55) and 249 (Luke Webb 76, Edward Ellis 65), Wiltshire 153 (Jigar Naik 4-35) and 174 (Josh McCoy 4-63, Jigar Naik 4-68). Dorset (20 pts) beat Wiltshire (4 pts) by 92 runs.
An eight wicket match haul for former Leicestershire off-spinner Jigar Naik sealed Dorset’s win in a low-scoring contest. Former England Under-19 seamer Josh McCoy weighed in with four second innings wickets with Uzair Qureshi finishing as Wiltshire’s top-scorer in the match with a brisk 42 in their second innings.
Colwall: Herefordshire 289 (Peter Burgoyne 69, Matt Pardoe 52) and 152 (Tom Dinnis 5-39), Cornwall 157 (Alex Wilkinson 5-17) and 147 (Matt Pardoe 7-34). Herefordshire (23 pts) beat Cornwall (4 pts) by 137 runs.
Herefordshire captain Matt Pardoe proved his side’s unlikely match-winner with his maiden five wicket haul in Minor Counties cricket. The former Worcestershire left hander’s main role is to open the batting but it was Pardoe’s left-arm medium pace that undid Cornwall with only two batsmen reaching 20 in their second innings.
Shifnal: Shropshire 276 (Will Parton74, Alexei Kervezee 65, Wayne White 4-59) and 2325 (Steve Leach 104, Alexei Kervezee 53, Wayne White 4-78). Cheshire 346 (Simon Normanton 91, Sam Perry 71, Furqan Shafiq 50) and 89 (Warwick Fynn 4-42). Shropshire (23 pts) beat Cheshire (8 pts) by 166 runs.
Cheshire collapsed to the left-arm swing of Gurjit Sandhu then the left-arm spin of Warrick Fynn, who has played first-class cricket for Eastern Province and Kwa-Zulu Natal in his native South Africa.
Sandhu, who has played county cricket for Middlesex, Durham and Derbyshire, took the first three wickets then snaffled two slip catches off Fynn’s bowling. Leg-spinner Sam Whitney polished off the tail with three wickets after lunch.
Tring: Buckinghamshire 383-6 (Garry Park 166, Michael Payne 123 not out) and 195 (Michael Payne 56, George Darlow 4-47), Bedfordshire 181 (Jack Keeping 72, Mansoor Khan 4-28) and 313 (Andy Reynoldson 159, Matt Taylor 55, Matthew Rance 7-103. Buckinghamshire (24 pts) beat Bedfordshire (3 pts) by 84 runs.
Andy Reynoldson’s highest Minor Counties Championship score was not enough to save Bedfordshire from defeat in a tense finish.
Bedfordshire were 56 for four when Matt Taylor joined Reynoldson and the pair gave them a fighting chance of saving the match with a fifth-wicket stand of 138. Reynoldson, who faced 302 balls and struck 21 fours, was ninth out when he became the sixth victim for right arm slow bowler Matthew Rance who quickly snared Harry McBrearty to clinch the victory.
Wisbech: Cumberland 372-9 (Sam Dutton 84, Michael Slack 73, Ross Zelem 72, Matty Sempill 52, Lewys Hill 4-74), and 189, Cambridgeshire 392-6 (Ben Howgego 136, Callum Guest 80) and 172-2 (Ben Howgego 89 not out). Cambridgeshire (24pts) beat Cumberland (6 pts) by eight wickets.
Former Northamptonshire batsman Ben Howgego enjoyed a productive match, scoring 225 runs for once out. His unbeaten 89 in the second innings saw Cambridgeshire to a potentially testing victory target with plenty to spare.
There were three wickets apiece for off-spinner Callum Guest and Sawston & Babraham seamer James Van De Peer – on his Minor Counties debut - in Cumberland’s second innings with former Leicestershire batsman Jacques du Toit top-scoring with 49.
Bishop’s Stortford: Hertfordshire 352 (Ben Cowell 133, Alex Axon 112) and 68-2, Northumberland 186 (Thomas Cant 70 not out, Alfie Duke 6-68) and 230 Sean Tindale 61 not out, Ben Waring 5-70). Hertfordshire (24 pts) beat Northumberland (5 pts) by eight wickets.
Slow left-armer Ben Waring, who took 37 championship wickets last season, began Hertfordshire’s campaign with a five-wicket haul which winkled out Northumberland. South Northumberland all-rounder Sean Tindale with a defiant unbeaten half-century but Waring chipped away at the other end. Tindale then accounted for both openers, Steve Gale and Ed Wharton, cheaply but Hertfordshire won with ease.
Sleaford: Lincolnshire 293 (Louis Kimber 89, Dan Freeman 65, Chris Brown 5-60), and 223 (Rawait Khan 57, Ashley Watson 5-57), Norfolk 413-6 (Sam Arthurton 155, Jason Reynolds 56, Tom New 55, Callum Metcalf 52 not out) and 104-0 (Sam Arthurton 67 not out). Norfolk (24 pts) beat Lincolnshire (5 pts) by 10 wickets.
Lincolnshire, last season’s runners-up, began their campaign with a home defeat which was based on Sam Arthurton’s outstanding contribution of 222 runs for once out in the match for Norfolk. Slow left-armer Ashley Watson was unable to add to his overnight haul of five wickets but Norfolk needed only 17-and-a-half overs to reach their victory target.
West Bromwich Dartmouth: Staffordshire 374-8 (Sam Kelsall 85, Michael Hill 74 not out, Kadeer Ali 63) and 248 (Tim Maxfield 85, Josh Cantrell 4-56), Suffolk 247 (Adam Mansfield 50, Brinder Phagura 4-58, Tim Maxfield 4-29) and 190. Staffordshire (24 pts) beat Suffolk (5 pts) by 185 runs
Staffordshire completed an emphatic win before tea with right-arm seamer Prinder Phagura, who has played Second XI cricket for Warwickshire this season, finishing with seven wickets in the match on his home ground. Captain Adam Mansfield again led Suffolk’s resistance with a defiant 49 but with five players unavailable for the championship opener they lacked the experience to thwart Staffordshire’s victory push.
Updated 13:00 - 2 Jan 2019 by Dave Wright