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Herefordshire end their season with win over Wiltshire

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Herefordshire have enjoyed wins over Devon and Wiltshire this summer

Herefordshire rounded off their most successful Minor Counties Championship season for eight years with an 83-run win over Wiltshire at Colwall.

It was their second three-day win of the summer and skipper Chris Boroughs is confident the side is progressing.

"We wanted to improve on the last couple of years which have been really disappointing," he said.

"Clearly we want to win championships but we know that we have to take one step at a time."

Herefordshire beat Devon at Eastnor earlier in the season - their first three-day Minor Counties Championship victory for five years.

Batting first, David Exhall led the way for the home side as he made 142 in a Herefordshire first-innings total of 281 while Luke Sellars then took 4-40 as Wiltshire were bowled out for 144 in reply.

Obviously you are going to enjoy things a lot more when you are playing competitive cricket and winning games

Herefordshire skipper Chris Boroughs

Exhall was again in good form in the Herefordshire second innings as he made 89 while Boroughs led from the front in making 120 in a home side total of 286-7 declared.

Set 424 for victory, Wiltshire were indebted to Jaydon Levitt, whose 101 kept them in the hunt while Michael Coles made 61.

A spirited last-wicket stand of 68 between former Herefordshire player Andy Sutton and Tom Bowler held up the Midlanders but Freddie Eburah knocked over the final wicket to see the home side home by 83 runs as Wiltshire were bowled out for 340.

Boroughs is hoping the improved form in the three-day game this summer will enable Herefordshire to attract more players for next season.

"When you are asking people to take time off work or take time out of their holidays you need to offer them something they are going to enjoy," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"Obviously you are going to enjoy things a lot more when you are playing competitive cricket and winning games.

"Hopefully this will make us a bit more attractive but I think we have got a good squad and hopefully people will be more willing to take that time off so we can have a settled squad."

This is the first summer since 2002 in which Herefordshire have won two of their six championship matches and Boroughs admits the improved form makes his job as captain much easier.

"It makes a difference to my team talks at the end of the game and hopefully we can build on this again next year," he said.

"Perhaps we could have a little bit more success in the one-dayers as well.

"You look forward to it a little bit more and it all contributes to all-round satisfaction."



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