WILTSHIRE continued their unbeaten start to the Unicorns Championship season with a superb four-wicket win away at Devon – their first success over the county in 52 years.

The victory for Ed Young’s side was built on excellent performances in the third and fourth innings as they turned the game around after the hosts appeared to have built up a measure of control on proceedings.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Devon soon hit their stride, courtesy of centurion Matthew Thompson.

Thomson blasted 132 and was aide by 62 from Wayne White as the hosts reached 337-8 before declaring.

White then took over with the ball and returned fine figures of 7-62 in Wiltshire’s first innings to keep his side ahead of the game.

Uzi Qureshi (81) top scored for the visitors to help them towards 293 all out, a deficit of 44 runs.

Wiltshire were able to muscle their way back into the contest in Devon’s second innings, thanks to a superb bowling effort from Tahir Afridi as he took 5-63.

Although Zac Bess (51no) and Ben Beaumont (51) scored half-centuries for the hosts, they were bowled out for 207, leaving Wiltshire to chase 252 to win.

Although an early wicket fell, the visitors seemed to be moving serenely to that target as Jake Goodwin (86) and Qureshi (74) shared a partnership of 148 to get Wiltshire to 160-1.

There was then a bit of a scare for Young’s side as Devon began to take wickets more regularly but the foundations had been set and Wiltshire eased over the winning line on 253-6.

The result leaves Wiltshire on two wins and a draw from their opening three Championship fixtures of the summer.

They sit third in the Western Division table of 54 points, with Berkshire at the top on 68 as the only side to have won all three of their games so far.