John Latham (left) was a surprise visitor to Sidmouth.
Vice Chairman and scorer, Jim Law, is on the right.

Devon cream Cheshire

By Jim Law

Unicorns Championship - Western Division
Sun-Tues 2-4 July, Sidmouth CC
Cheshire 251 & 184, Devon 358-7 & 78-2.
Devon won by 8 wickets.

Cheshire suffered defeat to Devon in their Unicorns Championship game as they went down by eight wickets at Sidmouth.

Outplayed across the three days, Lee Dixon's side saw the game slip away on the second day as Devon comfortably amassed a 107 first innings lead.

And although Cheshire had hopes of an unlikely turnaround on the final morning with Wayne White digging deep, Devon got home comfortably by eight wickets.

Cheshire batted first in the seaside sunshine with Calum Rowe looking impressive, top scoring with 75. Will Evans fire power produced 47 and Wayne White 38 but the innings lost direction to close on 251, Jaime Stephens taking 4-86.

The reply saw consistent knocks throughout the Devon side on a benign pitch - Matt Thompson 99, Tom Ansell 77 on debut and Josh Bess 60 as Cheshire drifted on the second afternoon and the game moved away from them. A lead of 107 looked even more impressive as a shell shocked second knock saw them facing defeat in two days before Wayne White added stability with Will Evans.

Ten runs behind at 96-6 overnight, the plan was to push for a lead of around 130 but Evans (22) went quickly and although a stubborn tail saw Jack White (21) add valuable support, Wayne White was eventually left high and dry on 88 as Cheshire were all out for 184 with a 77 run lead. It was an outstanding innings of just over four hour's resistance from 184 balls.

Jack White and Danny Woods grabbed a wicket apiece as Devon cantered home to 78-2 to win by eight wickets.

Skipper Lee Dixon highlighted the major positive from a difficult game where Wayne White stood out with bat and. "He was impressive throughout for us," he said, "but obviously we're really disappointed after such a good win last time out. We'll now dust ourselves down, regroup and look forward to Wales in a couple of weeks."

Devon v Cheshire scorecard