The winning team with the trophy

Unicorns Minor Counties T20 Finals
Sunday 12 July 2015, Banbury CC

Stunning display as Cheshire become first Unicorns T20 Champions
Lee Dixon's side defeat Devon in semi then smash 240-0 against Oxfordshire

By Jim Law

Cheshire were crowned the inaugural Unicorns T20 champions on Sunday after a stunning display in Finals Day at Banbury CC.

Having dispatched Devon in the early semi-final, it was one way traffic in the final as Cheshire struck an amazing 240-0 from their twenty overs before bowling out Oxfordshire for 121 to win by 119 runs.

Warren Goodwin smashed an unbeaten 132 and Ollie Law was 101 not out as the pair sprayed the ball to all corners of the ground (and beyond).

Jack Williams and Ross Dixon then picked up four wickets apiece to complete the victory.

Earlier Cheshire had been put into bat against Devon and whilst their 165-7 looked a decent total, Devon fought well to fall short by just nine runs.

Skipper Lee Dixon top scored with 51 aided by 33 from Goodwin. Rick Moore took three wickets and Williams, two.

Oxfordshire then dispatched Bedfordshire in the second semi-final to set up the showdown final.

And after winning the toss and batting, Dixon's team took over. Goodwin hit twelve 4's and nine 6's, Law six of each as the crowd were treated to a royal display with officials frantically reaching for the record books.

A disciplined well drilled performance with controlled bowling then saw Jack Williams snaffle 4-17 and Ross Dixon 4-19 to condemn the hosts to a 119 run defeat.

A euphoric skipper paid tribute the brand of cricket his side have developed and progressed throughout this first Minor Counties T20 season.

"It's always great to be first at something and to be the first T20 winners is a great accolade," he said. "We've set the bar."

"It was a complete team performance. Everybody knew their role and we excelled across batting, bowling and fielding. We had a game plan and stuck to it. I was fortunate that I was able to pick the side I wanted and had access to the best available players with a range of top qualities."

"Watching Ollie and Warren bat the way they did was special for all of us. Everybody was made up. You really wonder if we'll ever see anything like that again."

"Lads like Ryan Brown and Dan Lamb slipped into the side seamlessly too and it felt like we had a great balance with a range of options."

Dixon was right.

For those lucky enough to have been there it was a great cricketing occasion.

Cheshire Squad