Continuity the name of the game as Cheshire press on
By Jim Law
MCCA 3 Day Championship: Cheshire CCC v Devon CCC at Bowdon CC, Sunday - Tuesday, August 4,5,6 2013
High flying Cheshire sit proudly at the top of the MCCA Western Division with 100% success rate from their four games to date.
Wins on the road at Oxfordshire, Dorset and Berkshire together with a win at Chester against Wiltshire have given Danny Woods' side a real opportunity to land the Western Division title for the first time since 2009 when they lost out to the Eastern Division winners Buckinghamshire in the 4 day Championship Final at Slough.
And whilst nobody's taking anything for granted, there's a real buzz about the Cheshire camp right now.
Cheshire tackle Devon next in a three day game at Bowdon starting next Sunday (August 4) and Woods' can't wait.
'The camaraderie we have at the moment is tremendous,' he said. 'Everybody has played a part in getting us to this stage and we've got a really good opportunity now to push on and win the Championship. The boys have risen to the challenge at every turn and with some very good cricketers currently knocking on the door, they've had to be at their best'.
Woods will be wary though of a Devon side that travel to Bowdon on the back of an impressive win over Wiltshire. They sit in fourth place in the table and have lost only one game.
'We've had some tough battles with them in recent times,' Woods reflects, 'and we'll have to be on top of our game. But right now we really believe in ourselves and fear no one'.
Woods side is bolstered by the return of Cheshire captain and friend James Duffy who has been unavailable since the early season one day matches. Duffy's energy and enthusiasm adds further firepower to a team that Woods will continue to captain with Duffy's blessing. 'Danny's got us into a great position and built up some real momentum,' he said. 'I'll be available for the rest of the season and will be looking to add my support to the run in. It's about continuity at this stage and things are going very well for us'.
Duffy is the only change to the side from the Berkshire trip, replacing Calum Rowe.
Cheshire return to play minor counties cricket back at South Downs Road, Bowdon for the first time since 2001 before wrapping up their Western Division fixtures with a home match against second placed Shropshire at Nantwich.
Play starts each morning at 11.00am.
Cheshire side v Devon at Bowdon CC, Sunday-Tuesday August 4,5,6 2013:
W.M. Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), J.P. Kettle (Nantwich), R.A.L. Moore (Oulton Park), J.A. Duffy (Hyde), K. Sawas (Macclesfield),
L.F. Dixon (Chester Boughton Hall), D.O. Berry (Hyde), J.J. Williams (Chester), D.A. Woods (York - Captain), A.J. Syddall (Urmston),
I.J.S. Tait (Macclesfield), 12th man N. James (Oulton Park), Scorer: J.W. Law