Alex Barrow again put Oxfordshire to the sword as Devon won their Western Division clash by eight wickets.

Heading into the final day at Sidmouth CC on 163-3 – one short of the home side’s first innings lead – the visitors dug deep to frustrate their hosts for long periods.

Harry Smith (95) and Jonny Cater’s (61) stand of 90 put Oxfordshire ahead.

But after losing three wickets for just one run late on, it needed a crucial 51-run partnership between Russell White (48) and Matt Warner for the ninth wicket to help Oxon reach 342 all out, leaving Devon needing 179 from a minimum of 36 overs.

However, after a slow start the hosts soon found their stride and raced to their target in 33.3 overs, with Barrow, who scored 141 in Devon’s first innings, starring with an unbeaten 103.

Smith and Cater added 47 to their overnight total, before the former fell just five short of a deserved century.

When Tom Cosford was out cheaply, Oxon were in trouble on 224-5, but skipper Cater continued to frustrate.

A stand of 38 with Olly Clarke took the visitors to 262-5, before a dramatic collapse saw them quickly slump to 263-8.

Cater fell for 61 off 187 balls, Clarke and Gareth Andrew quickly following.

Oxon were only 99 ahead at that stage, but White and Warner came together to provide a half-century stand.

That extended Oxfordshire’s lead and although Warner fell with the score on 314, Joe Butcher joined forces with White to help them post 342 – White the final wicket to fall when he was stumped for 48.

Devon had reached 29-1 at tea, Andrew taking the wicket of George Allen.

But Barrow then went on the attack, leading his side to victory – his 103 not out coming off just 93 deliveries.