Cheshire 170 (67.2 overs), Oxfordshire 130-1 (44 overs). Oxfordshire traill by 40 runs with 9 wickets intact.
It's as tense as it gets after day one of Oxfordshire v Cheshire with Cheshire and Herefordshire fighting for survival in Western Division 1.
As it stands, Cheshire are a point ahead of Herefordshire who are playing Devon at Sidmouth.
Cheshire won the toss at Banbury and chose to bat against the champions elect who must overhaul Berkshire's seven point lead at the top of the table and keep a watchful eye on Devon's progress.
And it didn't go well for the visitors on a difficult pitch that saw them dismissed for 170 - an agonising five runs short of a vital bonus batting point. Meantime Herefordshire picked up four bowling points.
Joe Cooke top scored for Cheshire and was last out for a battling 95. Last week's centurion, Alex Money made 21, and the only other player to make double figures was Owen Feakes (10) as Dave Wainwright's side struggled against the accuracy of Prav Chahal (4-31)and slow left-armer Tom Hinley (3-57).
Cheshire grabbed an early wicket as Chris Sanders bowled Jamie Harrison for 4, but any thoughts about gremlins in the pitch were dispelled as Oxfordshire moved on to 130-1 at close, trailing by just 40 runs.
Cheshire find themselves on the back foot going into day two which gets underway at 11.00am.