Cheshire lose to Dorset in Quarter Final
By Derrick Hastings

Cheshire v Dorset
At Toft CC, Sunday June 18 2012

Dorset CCC 179 for 9 (35 overs) – Cheshire CCC 102 all out (30.3 overs)
Dorset won by 77 runs

After heavy rain had fallen onto wind damaged covers on Thursday night and with little good drying weather before the match, it looked unlikely that any play would be possible and the two teams would be faced with a bowl-out to decide who went through to the semi-final stage of the Knockout Trophy competition.

However, the outfield was in good condition and sun in the late morning helped to dry out the wicket so an early lunch followed by inspections by the Umpires led to play starting at 2:45 with the number of overs reduced from 50 to 35.

Before the game the Captain, James Duffy presented Danny Woods with his well deserved county cap (left).

Cheshire started well after Duffy had won the toss and put Dorset in to bat, with Scott Kirwin taking the wicket of Aaron Williams with only 4 runs on the board. Unfortunately, Kirwin had to retire from the field after suffering a side strain and could only bowl 2 overs, producing figures of 2 – 0 – 5 – 1. Adam Syddall then took the wickets of Nick Park and Chris Jones leaving Dorset on 27 for 3. Wickets fell steadily, while Darren Cowley struck a fine 50 off 56 balls (including 5 fours and 2 sixes) until being caught by Lee Dixon off the bowling of Chris Tipper. This was Tipper’s first wicket for Cheshire.

A seventh wicket stand of 56 between Tom Hicks (28) and Chris Park (30) took the score to 168 for 7 and Dorset finished with a challenging total of 179 off of their 35 overs.

The pick of Cheshire’s bowlers were Adam Syddall (7 – 0 – 30 – 4) and Danny Woods (7 – 0 – 24 – 3).

Unfortunately, in their reply, Cheshire never really looked like coming near to the required target. Danny Berry was caught with the score only on 2 and the Captain followed soon after leaving Cheshire on 17 for 2. The batsmen played cautiously, which meant that the runs came very slowly, but even so the wickets fell steadily, with only Khalid Sawas (24) and Kirwin (21) scoring over 20 runs.

The wickets were shared between the five Dorset bowlers.

After the match, Duffy said, “This game has been very disappointing. We let them get 20 or 30 too many runs which meant that we had to work hard to get the total needed. We did not bat confidently enough to make much impression and nobody got settled enough to take the game to the Dorset bowlers.”

“I can’t thank Toft CC enough for all their hard work in preparing a pitch which could recover from all the rain that we have had recently. When I saw how wet the wicket was when we first arrived at the ground, I thought that we would be faced with a bowl-out, which is only just better than the toss of a coin to decide the result and no way to decide who goes through to the next round of such an important competition. I would also like to thank the Umpires for allowing the game to go ahead.”

“Dorset thoroughly deserved their win today, and I wish them every success in the rest of the competition,” he added.