MINOR COUNTIES round four, day one round-up

Ecb LogoCheshire enjoyed their best day of their Minor Counties Championship season as they routed Devon for 85 and then built a lead of 104 at Alderley Edge.

Seamer Ben Aitchison, well supported by Ben Gibbon and Rick Moore, soon had Devon in disarray at 28 for six after they had won the toss.

Only three batsmen reached double figures with all-rounder Wayne White falling for a duck on his return to Cheshire.

The day got worse for Devon as Moore and Robert Sehmi made half centuries and shared an unbroken third wicket stand of 108 to put Cheshire firmly in command.

Nineteen wickets went down at the South Wilts club in Salisbury where Wales fought back strongly against Wiltshire.

Cameron Herring again top scored for Wales with 67 which steered them to 222 all out.

Wiltshire then collapsed from 45 without loss to 125 for nine with leg-spinner Samuel Pearce taking four for 24.

Defending champions Berkshire took the first day honours against Shropshire at Shifnal.

Skipper James Morris fell four short of a century after teenage opener Archie Carter had again impressed with a polished 83.

Seamer Eddie Rhodes took four for 98 on his championship debut but Berkshire made 350 for eight then reduced Shropshire to 55 for three with opener Will Parton standing firm.

Oxfordshire seamer Matthew Warner took four wickets to reduce Herefordshire to 74 for five at Challow & Childrey.

Half centuries from Tom Cosford and Gareth Andrew took Oxfordshire to 294 despite four wickets from Tom Hage.

Warner then ran through the top order to keep Herefordshire on the back foot.

Former Leicestershire all-rounder Tom Wells took four for 65 to help Cornwall dismiss Dorset for 136 at Redruth.

Cornwall lost three wickets in reducing the deficit to 83 on a truncated day.

Play is scheduled at Trewirgie for the earlier time of 1030 this morning and extended until 7.30pm tonight.

Former Essex opening batsman Jaik Mickleburgh put Suffolk in command of their Eastern Division against Cambridgeshire at Ipswich School with his first century of the season.

Mickleburgh’s 155 was his sixth championship in three seasons with Suffolk and it helped them pile up 396 for six in their 90 overs.

Kryan Young (37), Ben Shepperson (57) and Michael Comber (48) played important supporting roles .

Norfolk seamer Andy Hanby skittled Lincolnshire for 158 after they had opted to bat first on the opening day of Horsford’s Festival of Cricket.

Lincolnshire were 37 for four at one stage before Shiv Thakor, the former Leicestershire and Derbyshire all-rounder, shored up the innings with a quickfire 42.

Norfolk were seven runs in front by the close with Tom New, the former Leicestershire wicketkeeper, making 61.

Eastern Division leaders Staffordshire shared the first day honours with Cumberland at Checkley.

Slow left-armer Paul Byrne claimed his second successive five wicket haul but half centuries from Matt Sempill, Alex Grainger and Toby Mowat took Cumberland to 301 all out.

Durham wicketkeeper batsman Michael Richardson marked his Minor Counties debut with a half century for Northumberland against Hertfordshire at Jesmond.

Opener James Thompson also made 64 and solid batting down the order helped Northumberland to 305 for eight. Off-spinner Luke Chapman took five of the wickets.

Half centuries from opener Ed Cox and number nine George Darlow helped Bedfordshire to 266 all out against Buckinghamshire at Flitwick. Seamer Alex Woodland took four for 47.


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