Oxfordshire set up the chance of a first Unicorns Counties Championship Western Division win of the season by taking charge of their basement battle against Berkshire at Great & Little Tew.
Luke Ryan’s side finished day two with a lead of 252 runs, with five second-innings wickets remaining.
The start was delayed for 20 minutes due to rain.
But Oxon quickly made up for lost time with Chad Keegan bowling opener Harry Stephens without adding to his overnight 69 as Berkshire resumed their first innings on 126-2 in reply to the hosts’ 227.
Brothers Richard and James Morris fell lbw to Karl Penhale and Keegan respectively, with the score on 131.
Keegan then ran out Stewart Davison as he went for a suicidal second run to make it 152-6.
Liam Manley bowled And-rew Rishton, and Ryan took two wickets in two balls with Matt Carter caught by Lloyd Sabin at mid-wicket and Richard Kaufman pouching Robert Williams at first slip.
It was left to Francois Vainker to trap Gurveer Singh lbw as Berkshire were all out for 206, leaving Oxon with a lead of 21.
A 50-minute break for rain preceded Oxon’s second innings, and Sabin was soon heading back to the pavilion after falling lbw to Williams.
Shabaz Alam made 29 before he edged a delivery from off-spinner Stephens to Simon Macey at slip.
And when Kaufman was caught behind by Davison off Waqas Hussain, and Hugo Darby went in identical fashion to Alam, Oxon were wobbling at 76-4 at tea.
But Jonny Cater hit a fluent 70 off 68 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes, before he was caught behind off Hussain.
With Chris Watling playing a sheet anchor role for an unbeaten 48, Keegan smashed 41 not out, including one six to deep mid-wicket, which crashed through the rear window of a parked car.
Scores: Oxfordshire 227 & 231-5 (J Cater 70), Berkshire 206 (H Stephens 69).
10:40am Wednesday 29th July 2015
Eddie Pepperell hosted some of the region’s top young golfers at Frilford Heath in what the European Tour player intends to be just the start of helping to encourage the next generation.
10:33am Wednesday 29th July 2015
CHRIS Allen believes there will be Oxford United players who will be unfortunate to miss out in the first XI when the season starts next month after overseeing a 4-0 win at Thame United last night.
9:00am Wednesday 29th July 2015
PATRICK Hoban scored twice as Oxford United eased past Thame United 4-0 in a pre-season friendly at the ASM Stadium.
8:10am Wednesday 29th July 2015
Triple jumper Nathan Douglas says his omission from the Great Britain team for next month’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing did not come as a surprise.
8:00am Wednesday 29th July 2015
ASHLEY Rump’s brilliant century for struggling Charlbury proved in vain as they lost by 82 runs at Westbury in Division 1.
8:00am Wednesday 29th July 2015
Thame Town marched on at the top to maintain their Division 1 title charge with a crushing nine-wicket victory at home to Twyford on Saturday.
6:20am Wednesday 29th July 2015
CRAIG Greenough’s 15-doll haul was not enough for Garsington Sports A as they lost 3-0 at home to New Club A, writes ANDY BEAL.
6:10am Wednesday 29th July 2015
ROSE Hill Club A crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Kennington Social Club to lose top spot in Section 2.
6:00am Wednesday 29th July 2015
FORMER Witney captain Jez Hicks admits he will miss playing for his hometown club, but says it is the right time to hang up his boots, writes Jack Johnson.
9:30am Tuesday 28th July 2015
Michael Appleton believes it is highly unlikely Oxford United will add to their squad before the start of the season.