Cheshire in convincing win over Cambridgeshire
By Jim Law

Cambridgeshire v Cheshire
At Saffron Walden CC, Sunday May 13 2012

Cheshire CCC 262 all out (49 overs)     -     Cambridgeshire 146 all out (40 overs)
Cheshire won by 116 runs


Cheshire marched to the top of Group 3 in the MCCA Knock-out Trophy with a convincing win over Cambridgeshire at Saffron Walden.

The win for James Duffy’s men leaves them in pole position for a quarter final place, with one game to play - at home to Herefordshire next Sunday.

Having won the toss and decided to bat, it was Duffy himself and young Khalid Sawas who were the backbone of Cheshire’s innings for the second week running. Both hit 69 after the side had struggled early on. Duffy blasted his runs in typical fashion whilst Sawas showed what an exciting prospect he is following on from his debut hundred against Cumberland.

Scott Kirwin (26) and Adam Sydall (21) gave the innings late impetus but the 262 total felt 20 to 30 runs short and set up an intriguing contest.

However, with Kirwin (pictured left) taking two early wickets, the hosts were on the back foot with just 23 on the board. And with spinners Johnny Fawcett (pictured right) and Danny Woods turning the screws, it was left to Glen Goosen (27) and David Clarke to lead the fight back. Clarke finally went for 88 and with Fawcett’s outstanding 3-15 from 9 overs and Kirwin ending with 4-47, the home resistance crumbled to finish 116 runs short.

After the match, Duffy said, “It was great getting such a convincing win under our belts.”

“Our score seemed perhaps slightly below par for the pitch, but Scott's early wickets gave us a boost and when Khalid ran out Glen Goosen, the game really turned in our favour.”

“Our bowlers never ceased causing their batsmen trouble, allowing none of them to settle down. I felt every ball was a potential wicket taker,” he added.

“Now we are top of our group, 2 points clear of the others with just one more game to play. We have a good net run rate as well, so I am confident that we shall qualify for the Quarter Finals. A win against Herefordshire next Sunday would leave us two points clear since none of the others in our group can get more than 5 points."