Herefordshire end with a victory

Chris Burroughs
Chris Boroughs led his side to fourth place in the table

Herefordshire rounded off their Minor Counties Championship season with a 73-run win over Wales at Eastnor.

Skipper Chris Boroughs feels the result underlined just how much progress the side have made this season to finish fourth in the Western Division.

"It's always nice to win the final game of the season as it gives you something to take into the winter break," he told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"We've ended up with three Championship wins, which is pleasing," he added.

"And, in that, we beat a very good Cornwall side when we were chasing on a difficult wicket.

"We have completely outplayed the reigning champions Dorset, beating them inside two days, and now we have beaten a very young, but very skilful Wales side.

"We were a couple of dropped catches away from making the semi-finals in the one-day competition after dominating our group.

"And there have been some very pleasing plus points for me as a captain and us as a county as a whole."

Herefordshire went into their final match on the back of a morale-boosting win over Cornwall in Truro, feeling that they had a good chance against a Wales side that has struggled this season.

Batting first, Herefordshire were indebted to Ben Stebbings (80) as they totalled 310 all out.

Freddie Eburah (4-64) helped restrict Wales to 260 in reply before Herefordshire then made 218, Steve Adshead leading the way with 74, to set a victory target of 269.

"At one stage they were 170-4 with a couple of guys going very well for them," said Boroughs.

"But we kept going at it and managed to get a couple of wickets in clusters and managed to run out winners in the end.

"It was certainly a sporting wicket, but I firmly believe it was quite a good pitch that kept the batsmen honest and offered something for all the bowlers."

Boroughs felt this result had rounded off what had been a good season for Herefordshire in both forms of the game.

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