QUICK scoring from Harrison Ward helped Oxfordshire make it two wins out of two in a rain-affected match against Herefordshire.

Fresh from a century for Horspath on Saturday, his unbeaten 59 from 55 balls put the hosts in charge during their reply before the rain came at Banbury.

Chasing 215 to back up their victory against Buckinghamshire a week earlier, they were 128-4 off 26 overs, 21 runs ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

After putting the visitors in, Oxfordshire had immediate success when Max Mannering bowled Matt Pardoe for a duck.

Herefordshire began a slow, steady recovery, helped by half centuries from Zain Ul Hussain (59) and Mahaaz Ahmed (51).

It created a platform for the rest of the middle order to take some risks, accelerating the scoring to finish on 214-8.

Mannering was the pick of the Oxon attack with 4-45.

Harry Smith was trapped leg before with the first ball of the reply.

But the home side responded, with Freddie Smith and James Coles steadying the ship.

Ward then took over, dominating a 66-run stand for the fourth wicket with Jordan Garrett.

He hit three sixes and six fours in his match-winning innings to get them ahead of the game.

It proved key, with rain arriving at 16.43 and play called off 20 minutes later.

After two 50-over contests, Oxfordshire’s mini season of friendly matches now turns to the shorter format.

They head to Abingdon next Sunday for two T20 matches against wandering club Free Foresters.