OXFORDSHIRE all-rounder Gareth Andrew blitzed through Dorset’s batting line-up to leave Chris Park’s men pondering their first Unicorns Championship defeat of the season.
The former Hampshire, Worcestershire and Somerset star took six second-innings wickets to go with his eight first time round, as Dorset fell to a 121-run reverse at Banbury.
Batting last, visiting skipper Park started the final day at the crease alongside Bournemouth team-mate Luke Webb. The visitors resumed on five for two, requiring another 274 for victory.
But Andrew (6-67), who had struck 72 on day two, continued his menacing exploits with the ball.
He removed Park (12), Scott Currie (0) and Ed Ellis (0) to leave the visitors reeling at 31 for five.
Vice-skipper Webb and Alex Eckland dug in to add 34 runs before lunch but disaster struck after the interval.
Oxfordshire’s Tom Price (3-53) removed Eckland (4) and Josh Digby (0) in the space of three deliveries to all but wrap up the contest.
Webb (45) had offered stubborn resistance before Andrew had him caught to record his fifth wicket of the innings – he then bowled Josh McCoy (26) with the score on 114.
Some late hitting by Jigar Naik (23*) and James Hayman (30) proved in vain Dorset were bowled out for 157.
Reacting to the setback, Park told the Daily Echo: “You don’t want to look at the opposition and say one man beat you.
“But, as captain of their side, the runs Gareth Andrew scored and the wickets got in both innings – It was a one-man team against us which we just couldn’t stand up to.
“We were disappointed to lose and the way we collapsed in both innings was disappointing.”
Source : BournemouthEcho