Cheshire slip to second defeat
MCCA KO Trophy (Group 3): Cheshire 185 all out (47 overs) lost to Cambridgeshire 186-6 (43.1 overs) by 4 wickets.
By Jim Law

Cheshire slumped to their second MCCA KO Trophy match defeat in succession as they went down by four wickets to Cambridgeshire.

After Cheshire had posted a disappointing 185 from 47 overs, Cambridgeshire steadied a mid-innings wobble to canter home by four wickets, the seventh wicket putting on a match winning 48 to see them home.

The defeat leaves Cheshire rooted to the bottom of the Group 3 MCCA KO Trophy Table and whilst technically not out of contention for the quarter finals, reliant on two wins from their last two games and an unlikely sequence of events from the other matches.

A large crowd were present as Tattenhall CC hosted their first ever Cheshire 1st XI match, the village ground looking a picture.

James Duffy won the toss for the hosts and opted to bat in cloudy conditions. The inform Warren Goodwin (19) and Johnny Kettle (11) added 33 for the first wicket, before both departed in quick succession. Chris Tipper top scored with an impressive 44 and whilst Lee Dixon (19), Duffy (21) and Danny Berry (24) all made useful contributions, runs were at a premium against steady bowling, Rob Sayer bagging 3-34, James Williams 3-44 and a miserly spell from Tim Mees' eight overs of 2-14.

185 felt short of expectations with Cheshire all out in 47 overs.

In reply ex Northamptonshire left hander Ben Howgego got his side off to a flyer as he scored 70 before both he and partner Dave Clarke fell with the score on 87. With left armer Danny Woods now beginning to turn the screw, it became clear that he was the key to any Cheshire recovery. Scott Kirwin (3-58) was making inroads too and when 121-5 became 138-6, Cheshire sensed an unlikely victory. However, with Woods completing his excellent ten over spell with 3-14, the experience of skipper and vice skipper - Paul McMahon and James Williams saw the visitors through with seven overs remaining.

Duffy reflected on a disappointing Cheshire performance as once again his side failed to get enough runs on the board. 'Too many of our batsmen got themselves in a decent position and then got out', he commented. 'We lost our way in the middle of the innings and then fell away. 185 was always going to be difficult to defend and although we did come back into it, the stark truth is that we just didn't get enough runs'.

Duffy did take time out to acknowledge the work put into the fixture by the Tattenhall Club in hosting the game. 'It was a delight to play here', he said 'and we were wonderfully well looked after'.

Cheshire now sit bottom of Group 3 with two games left, away to Cumberland at Kendall on May 19 and then at home to Northumberland at Hyde on June 2. The other four sides in the group all have one win although Northumberland have played one game against the others' two. The top two qualify for the quarter finals.