WILTSHIRE’S hopes of mounting a push for the Western Division title in the Unicorns Championships suffered a blow as they fell to a first defeat of the season away against Wales.

Skipper Ed Young and his side arrived at South Wilts in Salisbury on Sunday boasting a record of two wins and a tie from their first three Championship matches this summer.

However, their unbeaten record was blown apart by previously winless Wales, who earned a 139-run victory inside two days.

After seeing Wales win the toss and opt to bat, Wiltshire would have been pleased with their efforts with the ball as they bowled the visitors out for 222.

Cameron Herring (67) was the only batsman to reach a half-century as Will Harries, Joseph King and Jake Lintott all picked up three wickets.

Wiltshire failed to make much of an impact in their first innings either as the were bowled out for just 140, despite having been 91-2 at one stage.

Samuel Pearce took 4-25 for Wales as the visitors took an 82-run lead into the second innings.

King then came to the fore for Wiltshire as his superb figures of 6-56 meant Wales could only hit 211, setting the home side a target of 294 to win the game.

That would be the highest innings score of the game – and it proved to be beyond Wiltshire as they were dismissed well short on 154.

For the second time in the match, no batsman reached a half-century – with their top score being 33 from Jake Goodwin in the first innings and Lintott in the second – as Thomas Bevan’s haul of 5-59 game Wales a dominant victory.