A debut for
James Seward

A welcome return for
Danny Leech

Season up and running with win over Shropshire
By Jim Law

Sunday 30 April 2017, Oxton CC
Cheshire CCC 214 (45.5 overs), Shropshire CCC 168 (38.33 overs).
Cheshire CCC won by 46 runs.

Lee Dixon's Cheshire side got their 2017 KO Trophy campaign off to a fine start with a 46-run win over Shropshire at Oxton.

Playing at the popular Wirral ground for the first time in several years, Cheshire mustered 214 but fought back well to take the honours.

Rick Moore top scored with 59, Will Evans on his return to the side hit 38 and the skipper added 36. Bowling honours went to Jack Williams with 3-32 including the vital seventh wicket of Omar Ali after he and Dave Wainwright had added 78.

Dixon had to shuffle his pack from the off with Wayne White and Ollie Freckingham pulling out at short notice. This meant a return for Danny Leech who last played for the County in 2009 and a recall for Harry Killoran.

Shropshire put their hosts into bat and Will Evans - also back after an absence - and Leech progressed well before Leech went for 16 with the score on 51. Evans followed shortly after and wickets fell regularly despite a fine 59 from Moore who makes a habit of scoring runs against Shropshire. Debutant wicket keeper James Seward crafted a fine 27.

Jack McIver was a thorn in the Cheshire side, keeping it tight for his 4-37 and there were three wickets for Dave Pennington and Charlie Home.

The innings fell away latterly and Cheshire's 214 felt below par on a decent pitch.

Shropshire though faltered from the off. Seward took three catches and at times Ash Davis bowled with real pace for his 2-25. Moore grabbed 2-31 and the spinners had a major say.

Killoran (2-44) opened the bowling, there was a wicket for Danny Woods and Williams took 3-32. It was Williams who turned the game when getting the breakthrough to remove Ali for 44.

This was the team
Cheshire v Shropshire full scorecard