The victorious team at Nantwich

All round performance as Cornwall defeated

By Jim Law

Unicorns Championship - Western Division
Sunday-Tuesday 18-20 June, Nantwich CC
Cornwall 208 & 235, Cheshire 400 & 44-0.
Cheshire won by 10 wickets.

Lee Dixon's Cheshire side moved up to second place in the Unicorns Championship Western Division with a comprehensive victory over Cornwall at sun baked Nantwich.

The side secured victory early on the third afternoon after dominating from the off and picked up maximum points from a fine performance.

Dixon was thrilled with the way his side responded to defeat in the KO Trophy at Hertfordshire a week earlier.

"It was great to come back and take control in this game," he said.

"We didn't look back from the first morning and although there were some great individual performances, everyone gelled together and it genuinely was a team effort. We've got a smaller, more compact squad than we've had recently and a great team spirit."

Things went Cheshire's way from the off as they restricted their visitors to 208 in the first innings with an outstanding 5-42 from Jack White and 3-27 from Wayne White. Only Brad Whadlan with a hard earned 101 and Scott Harvey put up significant resistance.

Cheshire then amassed 400. Callum Rowe continues to mature with a fine innings of 89, Wayne White made 40 and Luke Robinson - having moved to the area this year having previously played for Lincolnshire - struck 94. Will Evans coming in at number seven was then able to make hay with a rapid 77.

With Cheshire leading by 192, the odds were stacked against Cornwall, more so at 71-5.

With a two day defeat then likely, Adrian Noot and Andy Hodgson settled down to add 94 before Hodgson was run out in bizarre fashion when using a runner.

A final total of 235 left Cheshire to cruise home on 44-0.

"Really pleased for these guys," remarked Dixon. "Jack White has really hit the ground running and fully deserved his seven wickets in the game. He has the potential to lead our attack for some time.

"Wayne White and Luke Robinson have slotted in well and Callum Rowe continues to mature. He's worked hard over the last couple of seasons and is getting his reward for that commitment. He's a very different player to when he first played for us and a great asset.

"We've got great flexibility too. Will Evans was able to come in down the order and score runs quickly for us and Tom Forster looked sharp too.

"Now though we must look ahead to Sidmouth and a game against a strong Devon side. And one thing's for sure, we'll take the confidence from this game down there with us."

Dixon's bowling attack could potentially be bolstered by the return of Danny Woods and Ollie Freckingham for the game which begins on Sunday 2 July.

Cheshire v Cornwall scorecard