Title in touching distance as Woods targets 100% record
By Jim Law
MCCA 3 Day Championship: Cheshire CCC v Shropshire CCC at Nantwich CC, August 18, 19, 20 2013
Cheshire go in search of their first Western Division Championship title since 2009 in high spirits.
And although odds on favourites to secure the title and move on to a four day showdown against the Eastern Division Champions, skipper Danny Woods is taking nothing for granted.
'It's been a fantastic achievement to get this far,' he said. 'We now have a job to do and we'll approach it in the same professional way that we've done all season.
'Spirit in the camp is as good as I've ever known. Everybody has played a part in our journey this season and it really has been down to commitment and hard work.
'We know Shropshire are a strong side and that this game is likely to be our biggest challenge of the season. They've some outstanding players and they'll be sore from their defeat against Berkshire so we'll really have to be up for it. I've no problem with that'.
Woods makes one change from the side that beat Devon at Bowdon with Hyde's Scott Kirwin returning to replace Ian Tait. 'Ian's a bit unlucky this time round but bringing Scott in bolsters our batting and that swung it for this one'.
There are many permutations but in essence, 8 points is likely to suffice:
Cheshire lead Wales Minor Counties by 16 points and Shropshire by 17 points
Maximum points available 24 for a win (16 plus 4 batting / 4 bowling bonus points - 1st innings only)
If Cheshire win, they win outright regardless of bonus points
If Cheshire draw they receive 4 points plus any bonus points (batting @ 175, 225, 275, 325 / bowling @ 3,5,7,9 wickets);
if no play possible, they receive 8 points
If Cheshire lose, they only receive any bonus points earned
If both Cheshire and Wales MC finish on level points, the Championship is decided on matches won
(currently Cheshire 5, Wales MC 4)
If both sides are level on points and matches won, the Championship is decided on net runs per wicket for scores during the season
(Cheshire runs scored per wicket minus opposition runs per wicket; Currently Cheshire 8.082, Wales MC 5.409)
Don't say it too loudly but Cheshire have only lost twice in 15 previous Championship outings at Whitehouse Lane.
Play starts each morning at 11.00am, refreshments are available throughout the day.
Cheshire side v Shropshire at Nantwich CC, Sunday-Tuesday August 18, 19, 20 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), S.J. Kirwin (Hyde), J.J. Williams (Chester), D.A. Woods (York - Captain),
A.J. Syddall (Urmston), 12th man N. James (Oulton Park), Scorer: J.W. Law
Other key games:
Western Division: Dorset v Wales MC
Eastern Division: Northumberland v Cambridgeshire, Cumberland v Suffolk