OLLY Clarke shone with both ball and bat as Oxfordshire took complete charge on the second day of their Western Division match against Wales at St Edward’s School, Oxford yesterday.

The young Banbury left-arm spinner captured five wickets to help secure a substantial first-innings lead of 197.

He was then one of three batsmen to score rapid half-centuries as the hosts raced to 262-6 off just 45.2 overs in their second innings.

Skipper Jonny Cater’s declaration left Wales need a mammoth 460 runs for victory. By the close they were


Starting the day at 50-3 in reply to Oxon’s first innings of 377, Wales were dismissed for 180, Clarke taking his county best of 5-58 from 20 overs. Oscar Kolk top-scored with 43 not out from 112 balls.

After Cater declined to enforce the follow-on, Tom Condon was out first ball in Oxon’s second innings.

But Clarke (54) and opener Harry Smith – 74 from 91 balls – added 91 for the second wicket at five an over.

First-innings century-maker Richard Kaufman was out second ball, but Cater then accelerated the scoring with a spectacular 88 from just 62 balls, including three sixes and 12 fours.

After Gareth Andrew was out for a quickfire 27, Cater declared, leaving the visitors an awkward 50 minutes’ batting.

During this time, Andrew and the in-form Clarke each claimed a wicket to put Oxon in control.