Warren Goodwin
Ollie Law
Rick Moore

T20 triumph leads to Finals Day
By Jim Law

Dukes Unicorns T20 Trophy
Sunday 31 May 2015, Chester Boughton Hall CC

Match 1:
Cheshire CCC v Northumberland CCC
Cheshire Won by 42 runs
Match 2:
Cumberland CCC v Staffordshire CCC
Cumberland won by 12 runs
Match 3:
Cheshire CCC v Cumberland CCC
Cheshire Won by 36 runs
This was the team

Cheshire T20 skipper Lee Dixon was 'thrilled' as his T20 side booked their place in the Dukes Unicorns Finals Day at Banbury CC on July 12.

Convincing wins over Northumberland and Cumberland at a blustery Chester Boughton Hall puts the side in with a chance of national glory.

The new competition saw Dixon field a much changed, specialist team that included no less than seven Chester Boughton Hall players - including Dixon - based on the Club's success in the 2014 National T20 Club Championship.

A semi-final win over Northumberland saw Cheshire bat first and blast 187-4 in a match reduced to 16 overs a side.

Warren Goodwin was at his best with a majestic 64 and Ollie Law (38*) and Rick Moore (44*) continued the onslaught as they struck 83 off 29 balls for the fifth wicket.

The bowlers then proved a handful and a mixture of pace and spin brought wickets for Ash Davis (2), Nick Anderson and Harry Killoran as Northumberland were reduced to 145-4.

After Cumberland had dispatched Staffordshire in the second semi-final, Cheshire went through the gears again with Goodwin hitting 48 second time around and Khalid Sawas 63.

196-7 proved too much for Cumberland as they went down by 36 runs with three wickets for both Jack Williams and Anderson.

A beaming Dixon couldn't disguise his delight at the outcome of a great day's cricket. "There were some really powerful performances with bat and ball out there today", he said. "We gelled well as a team, worked hard and got the rewards. We were up against a couple of really strong sides".

Cheshire are next in action next Sunday-Tuesday, (7-9 June) as they start their three day Championship campaign with a visit to Whitchurch to take on Shropshire.