Big victory for Shropshire CCC over Dorset

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Warrick Fynn had Dorset in a spin as Shropshire sealed a comfortable Unicorns Championship success at Bournemouth.

Warrick Fynn

The visitors won by 162 runs to make it three victories from four in the three-day format this season.

After top scoring in each of Shropshire's innings, Oswestry ace Fynn completed his match-winning performance on the final day with seven wickets as the hosts were dismissed for 167.

Fynn finished with stunning figures of 7-60 and was ably assisted by Shifnal pace Alex Wyatt, who took 3-8 off 13 overs.

Resuming on 34-1 chasing an unlikely 330 for victory, Ben Wells and Luke Webb got the hosts off to a solid start and added another 30.

But a spell of three wickets for three runs swung the momentum and put Shropshire in the driving seat.

Webb was first to go when he was caught by Gurjit Sandhu off Fynn for 30, before Wells was clean bowled by the same bowler for 31.

Edward Ellis was out very next ball as Will Parton took the catch off Fynn to leave Dorset on 67-4.

Fynn soon had his fourth wicket of the day when he removed Josh McCoy for the second time in the match, bowling him for nine.


Skipper Chris Park and Alex Eckland provided some resistance to hold up Shropshire's victory charge, putting on 57 for the sixth wicket.

But it was that man Fynn who made the vital breakthrough, a catch by Sandhu sending Eckland packing for 54 with the score on 142.

Park battled for 46 balls for his 10 but when Wyatt removed his bails, Shropshire were in sight of victory at 150-7.

Mark Wolstenholme was caught by Alexei Kervezee off Fynn without scoring and former Leicestershire spinner Jigar Naik was ninth man down when he was trapped leg before by Wyatt for 15.

Debutant Jon Legg, who picked up six wickets in Shropshire's second innings, blocked valiantly for 25 balls without scoring.

But it was only fitting Fynn would have the final word as Sam Whitney took a catch to wrap up a comprehensive win for the visitors that kept their Western Division title hopes alive.


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