MINOR COUNTIES Trego blasts Devon debut century

Ecb LogoSomerset all-rounder Peter Trego marked his Championship debut for Devon with a rapid century against Wales at Pontarddulais.

Trego, Devon’s professional this season, batted at four and reached his century from just 107 balls.

Trego and Max Curtis added 156 in an unbroken third wicket partnership before rain halted play.

Worcestershire batsman Olly Westbury marked his championship debut with a fluent unbeaten 68 for Shropshire against Dorset at Shrewsbury.

Westbury, who last played for Shropshire in the Minor Counties Trophy two years ago, shared an unbroken third wicket stand of 111 with Warrick Fynn before rain and bad light ended play.

Berkshire made an impressive start to their attempt to become only the second side to win the Minor Counties Championship outright four years running by routing Herefordshire for 49 at Colwall.

Herefordshire’s total was their lowest in the competition and the first time that they had been dismissed for under 50 since they joined the championship 27 years ago.

Berkshire were missing a number of frontline players including captain James Morris, former Middlesex slow left-armer Chris Peploe and seamer Tom Nugent but they still dismissed Herefordshire, who won the toss, inside 35 overs.

Seamer Andy Rishton took four for 15 in 11 overs, extras were the highest score with 12 and no batsman made double figures.

Berkshire passed Herefordshire’s total inside 19 overs for the loss of one wicket and ploughed on to close on 208 for three with former England Under-19 opener Savin Perera making an unbeaten 82 on his championship debut.

Cheshire’s white ball captain Rick Moore impressed in the longer format by top-scoring with 87 against Wiltshire at his home club, Chester Boughton Hall.

Furqan Shafiq and Calun Rowe also made half centuries on a rain-interrupted day.

Rain ruined the opening day play between Cornwall and Oxfordshire at Truro so they start today at 1030 with Cornwall electing to bat on their home strip after winning the 10 o'clock toss.

Buckinghamshire captain Tom Hampton, the former Gloucestershire seamer, took three wickets which made Hertfordshire graft for runs at Bishop’s Stortford.

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