OXFORDSHIRE are closing in on their first NCCA Championship title since 1989 after a devastating end to the penultimate day.

Robbie Shurmer, Gareth Andrew and Oliver Currill all struck before the close to leave Suffolk 13-3 in their second innings of the final, 334 runs short of victory.

All three earlier added vital runs as Oxon posted 313 in their second innings at Tring CC, after starting the day 115-2.

Marcus Campopiano could not add to his overnight 31 as he was trapped lbw by Joe Gatting, with Tom Cosford, Olly Clarke and George Tait also falling before lunch.

Captain Jonny Cater fell for 35 straight after lunch to leave Oxon 195-7, only 230 ahead.

The tail wagged to regain the momentum as Currill added 24, before Andrew (38) and Shurmer (36) put on 55 for the ninth wicket.

They were removed by captain Jack Beaumont, who took 5-59.

Beaumont and Darren Ironside strode out to bat with 347 the target, but they soon made the opposite journey.

They were dismissed by Shurmer and Andrew for one and nought respectively, while Currill bowled Alex Oxley for four.

TEENAGE leg-spinner Henry Welch produced one of the most amazing spells in the history of the South Oxfordshire Amateurs to secure a 146-run victory for the tourists over North Devon.

Welch, a 14-year-old pupil at Magdalen College School, Oxford, returned figures of 8-8 from 5.4 overs as the hosts fell from 86-1 to 105 all out.

Earlier SOA had made 251-4 declared.

Welch plays for Oxfordshire Under 14s and is a member of Oxford Downs, where his father Tom is chairman.

The following day, when the two teams meet again, Welch took 3-7 in three overs.