Oswestry first team showed no signs of rustiness following their two-week lay-off with an emphatic eight-wicket win over high riding Wolverhampton at Danescourt on Saturday.

The Tettenhall side were outplayed from start to finish by the Bordermen who were at the very top of their game.

It is a result that that will not have gone unnoticed by those in the leading pack as Oswestry move into fourth position in the table, just six points behind second placed Leamington.

The foundations for this memorable victory were laid by the Oswestry seam attack of Roman Walker, Ben Roberts and overseas professional Larry Samarakoon, backed up by some excellent fielding.

It was Roberts who struck first, removing former Surrey player Aneesh Kapil, caught behind by skipper Dean Suter, with just 13 on the board.

Walker who was denied an early lbw decision following a no-ball, then set to work.

The Welshman claimed the all-important wickets of Worcestershire’s Tom Fell – who saw his off stump cartwheeling out of the ground.

Samarakoon, who gave fine support, bowling into the wind, displayed admirable control as the Staffordshire side were reduced to 53-6.

Warrick Fynn then dismissed Wolverhampton’s top scorers, Jack Stanley (30) and Aaron Patel (24), conceding just nine runs off his nine overs, as the home side were shot out for 117.

Walker finished with 3-27 and Samarakon 2-20. There were two wickets also for new County skipper Joe Carrasco.

With a revised target of 118 off 68 overs, Oswestry, despite the early loss Carrasco, eased home with eight wickets and 36 overs to spare,

Fynn and young Josh Darley, put on 88 for the second wicket to secure Oswestry’s fifth victory of the season.

Fynn finished unbeaten on 80, scoring 11 fours off 108 balls while Darley carefully applying himself, made 21 off 73 balls, in what was a valuable supporting role.

The 17-year-old all-rounder who has performed consistently well for the second eleven this season, thoroughly justified his captain’s decision to bat him at the top of the order. He is the fifth teenager to appear in the Oswestry first team this season.

On Saturday Birmingham League cricket returns to the Stonehouse Oval after an absence of five weeks when new leaders Harborne are the visitors in what promises to be an enthralling clash.

Oswestry second XI maintained their winning run, romping home against bottom of the table Hinstock.

Alex Roberts stole the show scoring a fine century and there were also runs from Alex Davidson (51) Luke Jones (49) Archie James (24) and Steve Humphreys (21) with the Bordermen rattling up 300-7.

Oswestry remain second in the table, hot on the heels of Shelton. On Saturday they travel to Orleton Park to take on Wellington thirds.