OXFORDSHIRE are facing a tricky test to claim victory after 17 wickets fell on the second day of their Unicorns Counties Championship match against Wiltshire at Marlborough.

The visitors suffered a dramatic collapse on the second morning of the Western Division contest, losing their last seven wickets for 19 runs to concede a first-innings deficit of 82.

The home side ten scored 231 to set Oxon a formidable 314 for victory.

Resuming the day at 96-3 in response to Wiltshire’s first innings of 211, Matthew Warner and George Reid took the total to 110, before Tahir Afridi ripped through the lower


The left-arm seamer claimed 6-47 as Oxon were shot out for 129.

The hosts steadily built on the lead with consistent innings down the order.

But Oxon’s spin attack of Olly Clarke and debutants Chris Humphreys and Max Mannering kept them in check.

After Wiltshire were all out for 231, Oxon batted for one maiden over before bad light ended play an hour early.