OXFORDSHIRE’S NCCA Trophy opener against Herefordshire proved worth the wait as they won the shortened contest by five wickets.

The Group 1 encounter at Eastnor was reduced to 35 overs each after rain delayed the start until 2.30pm, with the hosts setting a target of 147.

Marcus Campopiano and Tom Condon put on 101 for the third wicket to help Oxon take control, with Ollie Currill sealing victory with a six.

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The visitors put Herefordshire into bat and they coped better with the delay, reducing their opponents to 31/7.

Oxon ripped through the top and middle order as four batsmen walked without scoring, Currill (4/23) and Prav Chahal (2/34) starring.

The hosts rallied, with Zain Ul Hassan (60) scoring his maiden one-day half century for the county and Barney Morgan adding a career best 44 not out.

The ninth-wicket partnership of 60 was a Herefordshire record.

The hosts claimed the early wickets of openers Freddie Smith (4) and Tom Cosford (1), leaving Oxon 9/2.

But Condon joined Campopiano at the crease to repair the damage.

The latter scored a classy 63 (73) before he was removed in the 24th over, with Jonny Cater and Condon (33) falling soon after.

It was left to Olly Clarke and Currill to see the visitors home with four overs to spare.

Oxon’s next group game is against Cumbria at Banbury CC on Sunday, June 12.