GARETH Andrew produced a captain’s performance to help Oxfordshire earn their first Western Division victory of the season when beating Dorset by 121 runs at Banbury.

The 34-year-old, stand-in skipper in the absence of Jonny Cater, returned incredible match figures of 14-107.

Andrew’s haul of 8-40 had already helped Oxon to a first-innings lead, before his vital 72 saw the side set Dorset 279 for victory.

The seamer then took 6-67 as the visitors were shot out for 157 just after 3pm yesterday.

Having lost early wickets in the late Monday evening sun, Dorset would have been keen to steady the ship as they resumed at 5-2.

Luke Webb (45) and Chris Park did just that, until the latter edged to wicket-keeper Callum Russell off Andrew in the 16th over.

Dorset went on to lose two further wickets without adding to the score, slipping to 31-5 with Oxon’s captain doing the damage.

The visitors set about frustrating the hosts until lunch.

Alex Eckland, who only hit four off 58 deliveries, and Josh Digby were both trapped lbw by seamer Tom Price (3-53) within the first three balls of the afternoon session.

Webb soon followed to leave Dorset 79-8, but Oxon had to be patient in securing victory as the tail scored freely with the match all but over.

Jigar Naik combined with Josh McCoy and James Hayman (30) to put on ninth and tenth-wicket partnerships of 35 and 43 respectively.

It was only delaying the inevitable, with Andrew dismissing McCoy for his 14th wicket and spinner Joe Thomas bowling Hayman in the 60th over to complete a morale-boosting victory.