Wayne white receiving his cap from Chairman David Bailey.
Danny Leech scored a ton in the match.

Cheshire secure second place with Oxfordshire draw

By Jim Law

Unicorns Championship - Western Division
Sunday - Tuesday 13-15 Aug 2017, Chester Boughton Hall CC
Oxfordshire CCC 235 & 408-8 declared, Cheshire 383-9 & 182-7.
Match drawn.

Lee Dixon's Cheshire side completed a highly satisfactory Championship season, finishing second to Berkshire in the Western Division.

A draw with Oxfordshire on a flat Chester pitch secured the runner-up spot and together with a quarter final KO Trophy position earlier in the season, showed good progress across the summer.

The Oxfordshire draw saw Cheshire take the early initiative with a 148 run first innings lead after Danny Woods had taken 4-66 and Wayne White 3-62 with Harry Smith top scoring with 59 and Richard Kaufman 54.

Cheshire's first innings opening partnership saw batsman of the year Calum Rowe (95) and Danny Leech add 181 whilst a quick fire 78 from 48 balls from Will Evans put the home side in a commanding positon.

But the visitors re-grouped as the pitch got flatter and amassed a huge 408 before declaring late on a bizarre third day, aided by some contrived bowling to ensure Cheshire had a chase opportunity. Set 261 in 41 overs, Evans opened with a typical blast of 36 and Rick Moore added 54 before Cheshire were forced to put up the shutters and claim the draw.

Dixon pointed to a number of successes over the season. "It was a great all round effort to move up to runners-up spot," he said. Wayne White has been outstanding for us and we've got a real find in quickie Jack White (forced out of this game due to injury).

'Jack Williams relieved Danny Woods burden magnificently while the likes of Luke Robinson and Ed Fluck have made a real impact.

He also played tribute to the returning Danny Leech who came back into the fold after seven years. "His invaluable experience alongside Calum Rowe has been a triumph. Calum has gone from strength to strength aided by his guidance.

"Over the season we've been a far tighter unit and it bodes really well for next year when we're be looking to go one better."

Cheshire v Oxfordshire scorecard
This was the team

Cheshire 2017 award winners

Batsman of the year:
Calum Rowe
Bowler of the year:
Jack Williams
Fielder award:
Rick Moore
Sandy Scrimgeour award:
Jack White