CRICKET: Oxfordshire collapse to 54 all out and heavy defeat

The Oxford Times: Vishane Perera top-scored with 21 in Oxon's second innings Vishane Perera top-scored with 21 in Oxon's second innings

OXFORDSHIRE plunged to 54 all out in their second innings to slump to a 166-run defeat on the final day of their Unicorns Counties Championship Western Division clash against Shropshire at Bridgnorth.

Oxon had looked to hold the upper hand at the start of play as Shropshire led by 145 runs with just three wickets remaining.

The hosts’ tailenders frustrated them in adding a further 75 runs.

But, even then, Oxon were left with an eminently achievable target of 221 for victory.

However, they collapsed in spectacular fashion to suffer their third successive Championship defeat of the season.

Their 54 all out off 29.2 overs matched the same total they were dismissed for by Cheshire at Great & Little Tew last year.

However, it isn’t their lowest Championship score as it surpasses the 33 that Oxon were shot out for by Bucks at High Wycombe in 1925.

Oxon actually reached 23 without loss in their run chase before losing their first wicket when Richard Kaufman edged a Ross Aucott delivery to Ben Sanderson in the slips.

Vishane Perera was the only batsman to make double figures with 21.

But when he provided Sanderson with a second catch in the slip cordon, this time off left-arm spinner Gurman Randhawa, it was the first of four wickets to fall for one run.

Lloyd Sabin was trapped lbw by Sanderson’s pace, and Jonny Cater and Hugo Darby were unable to repeat their run-scoring heroics of the first innings as they were bowled by Randhawa and Sanderson respectively.

Francois Vainker was lbw to Randhawa, and Jamie Perkin then had the misfortune of being run out at the bowler’s end as Sanderson directed Chad Keegan’s straight drive on to the stumps.

Lloyd Belcher was stumped by Simon Gregory going down the pitch to Randhawa (4-15), who then caught Keegan in the slips off Aucott.

The procession was complete when Liam Manley was caught behind off Aucott, who finished with 3-15.

Earlier, Shropshire, resuming on 184-7, had been indebted to Tom Weston and Gregory (46), who put on 58 for the eighth wicket off an Oxon attack minus Keegan, who had twisted an ankle.

Left-arm spinners Vainker and Belcher did the majority of the bowling to finish with three wickets apiece.

But then Oxon’s batting demons returned to haunt them.

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