Déjà vu for Danny as self-destruct Cheshire lose out to Berkshire

By Jim Law

Unicorns Championship - Western Division
Sunday - Tuesday 19,20,21 August 2018, Chester Boughton Hall CC
Cheshire 254 & 99, Berkshire 148 & 208-7.
Berkshire won by 3 wickets.

Cheshire again fell short looking for their first Championship win of the season, losing to champions elect Berkshire by three wickets.

In a game they could and probably should have won, a second day batting collapse left skipper Danny Leech's wondering what could have been.

Again Danny Woods, Rick Moore and Wayne White put in fine performances but after letting a 106 run first innings lead slip, the side only had themselves to blame.

Leech was left scratching his head after a crazy second innings showing handed the initiative to an experienced Berkshire side who now look set to take the Western Division Championship.

"It's been the story of our season," said Leech. "We again showed our two sides. How we can really take the bull by the horns and then how we can shoot ourselves in the foot."

It had looked so good for Cheshire on the first evening after Moore (68), Simon Normanton (55*) and White (34) helped post a reasonable 254 and then reduced the visitors to 63-6.

It all went wrong on day two as Berkshire rallied to make 148, Woods yet again the main wicket taker with 5-39. Stewart Davison dug in to frustrate the bowlers and top score with 34.

Cheshire had plenty of time to build on a healthy 106 run lead but with the exception of Moore (30) and White (23) a mixture of impatience and poor shots saw wickets tumble and the writing was on the wall as Tom Nugent collected 7-38.

Berkshire were now clear favourites to chase down 206 but some third day soul searching at least saw the bowlers bounce back, Woods collecting 4-49 (9-88 match figures). Some pride was restored as Berkshire had a late wobble to win by three wickets.

Cheshire v Berkshire Scorecard
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