UZI Qureshi’s century led Wiltshire into the semi-finals of the Unicorns Knockout Trophy at the weekend following victory away at Oxfordshire.

Qureshi hit 104 not out as Wiltshire claimed a two-wicket win at Aston Rowant in the quarter-finals and set up a last-four showdown away at Berkshire.

Hosts Oxfordshire won the toss and elected to bat first and looked to be cruising towards a hefty target as the reached 100 without the loss of a wicket.

Jacob Lintott finally made the breakthrough for Wiltshire to dismiss Shabaaz Alam (46) with the score on 102 – the first of three wickets on the day for the bowler.

That began to turn momentum the way of the visitors as fellow opener Tom Cosford was next to fall to Lintott for 58.

Wiltshire then got a stranglehold on Oxfordshire’s middle order as 102-0 subsided to 173-8 as Joe King also picked up three wickets.

Late hitting from the hosts finally saw them reach 229 before they were all out.

The Wiltshire reply did not get off to the best of starts as player/coach Tom Morton fell cheaply to leave his side at 5-1.

However, that brought Qureshi to the crease and he produced a faultless innings to guide the visitors towards their target.

Skipper Ed Young and Arthur Godsal were the chief support, adding 41 each, but the chase was far from smooth as a total of five Wiltshire batsmen fell for single-figure scores.

However, Qureshi remained resolute at the crease and had brought up his century shortly before the winning line was reached as Wiltshire got to 230-8 with 17 balls to spare.

Gareth Andrew and Oliver Clarke picked up three wickets each for Oxfordshire but it is Wiltshire who progress to the semi-finals and a meeting away at Berkshire later this summer.