Cheshire's one day campaign up and running as Moore blitzes 130.
By Jim Law

Sunday 26 April 2015, Nantwich CC
Cheshire CCC 329-6 (50 overs), Shropshire CCC 234 (42.5 overs).
Cheshire won by 95 runs.


Rick Moore blasted an unbeaten 130, Chester team mate Warren Goodwin hit 78 and Khalid Sawas made 70 as Cheshire amassed 329-6 to win their KO Trophy match with Shropshire.

A good sized Nantwich crowd enjoyed a run fest as Cheshire, having won the toss, got off to a flier.

After Calum Rowe had gone with the score on 28, Moore and Goodwin added 142 runs for the second wicket before Goodwin fell.

Sawas then took up the mantle and added 70 in a third wicket partnership of 117.

Moore carried his bat as Cheshire set an imposing total.

The Shropshire reply was always behind the rate and wickets fell regularly as Adam Syddall took 2-28 and a return to bowling action for Danny Berry saw him grab 4-66 whilst skipper Danny Woods ended with 3-67.

Shropshire finished 95 runs short on 234.

"It was a fine all round performance after our struggles last week", said Woods. "Rick, Warren and Khalid really batted well. 329 was a decent score on a good track but we still needed to bowl well and I felt we were in charge throughout the game".

Woods also highlighted the contribution of Pat Roberts behind the stumps who came into the side at the eleventh hour.

The result means Cheshire, Cumberland, Northumberland and Lincolnshire have two points each in Group three with Shropshire trailing with none.

During the match, Cheshire CCC Chairman David Bailey presented county caps to Chester Boughton Hall's Lee Dixon and Hyde's Danny Berry. In addition a minute's silence was held for two great Cheshire stalwarts, Gerry Hardstaff and Donald Smith who died earlier this month.