Minor Counties: Shropshire beat Wales at Oswestry


Shropshire bowlers Tom Friend and Rob Foster shared the majority of the wickets as Shropshire beat Wales by 44 runs on the final day at Oswestry.

After Wales declared on their overnight total of 150-4 to make a game of it, Shropshire reached 68-1 in their second innings before declaring too, to set a fair target of 320 to win in 84 overs.

But late replacement Friend took 5-45 at Morda Road, backed by Foster (4-97).

It earned a 44-run win, their second in the 2012 Minor Counties Championship.

After a rain-hit first day, former Whitchurch batsman Richard Oliver's stunning second-day knock of 175, out of his side's 401-7 declared, helped forge Shropshire's victory.

Oliver was well supported by Anthony Parker (53 not out) and Foster, who hit 45 before taking 2-24 with the ball, Elliott Green taking the other two first-innings wickets.

Shropshire's chances of winning the Western Division title appeared to be over after losing to Dorset at Bournemouth in their previous match.

But, if they can now beat Devon at Whitchurch in their final game (starting on 19 August), they could still do it if results go their way elsewhere.

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