CHESHIRE 2NDS ROMP TO FIRST WIN

By Neil Goulding (Cheshire Press Officer, mobile 07931 376811)

CHESHIRE 2nd XI broke their losing duck in fine style with a convincing victory over Staffordshire 2nd XI in the last of their friendly matches this season.

This, their second 50-over match of the campaign, saw Cheshire bowl impressively and then star with the willow as they romped to a six-wicket victory.

Having won the toss and elected to field, Andy Newton's team didn't take long to make inroads.

Staffordshire were soon 55-6, 75-7 and then 103-8 as Cheshire's bowlers got to work at Elworth Cricket Club.

Chris Hampshire, Neston's Nantwich team-mate, led the way with fine figures of 4-22, while Mobberley debutant Jamil Nafir (2-32) - a late replacement for Kevin Waterhouse - and Jamie Maltman 1-27 were also in the wickets.

But to the visitors credit they battled their way to 188-9 and finally posted 193 from with balls still remaining.

However, Cheshire's batsman were in determined mood and wasted little time in reaching their target.

Heaton Mersey opener Nick Cantello continued his fine form for the county second-string, scoring another half-century, while Nafir completed a good afternoon with 42.

Alderley Edge's Alan Day (32) and Milnrow's Matt Dawson (32 not out) were also in the runs as the home side coasted home with eight balls to spare.

"It's nice for Andy's team to win their first game. They've played well this season," said 2nd XI manager Sandy Scrimgeour.

"There have been some good performances this year, but in this game particular we showed a lot of solidarity.

"We took nine catches, four of which were at slip and also a stumping, which is pleasing because it proves we were bowling in the right areas."

Staffordshire 2nd XI: 193 all out, 49.2 overs (Chris Hampshire 4-22, Ian Tait 2-47, Jamie Maltman 1-27, Jamil Nafir 2-32).

Cheshire 2nd XI: 195-4, 48.4 overs (Nick Cantello 50, Jamil Nafir 42, Alan Day 32, Matt Dawson 32 not out).

Result: Cheshire won by four wickets

Cheshire 2nd XI: Andy Newton (captain, Nantwich), Chris Hampshire (Nantwich); Nick Cantello (Heaton Mersey); Alan Day (Alderley Edge); Dave Fitzsimmons (Hyde); Alex Kegg (Chester Boughton Hall); Jamie Maltman (Poynton); Ian Tait (Macclesfield); Tom Twiney (Timperley); Jamil Nafir (Mobberley).

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CHESHIRE 2NDS TARGET LAST MATCH VICTORY

By Neil Goulding (Cheshire Press Officer, mobile 07931 376811)

CHESHIRE 2nd XI go in search of their first win of the season tomorrow when they take on Staffordshire 2nd XI at Elworth Cricket Club in a 50-over match, their last outing of the season.

But win or lose, manager Sandy Scrimgeour is looking for more impressive performances, particularly from his younger players.

Cheshire have struggled with late withdrawals and unavailability this season, but Scrimgeour has still managed to give chances to some of the county's most promising players.

Indeed, but victory "would be nice", especially for new skipper Andy Newton in his first season in charge.

Newton is joined in the team by fellow club-mate Chris Hampshire, while Hyde's opening batsman Dave Fitzsimmons will play his first game for the 2nd XI this season.

Chester Boughton Hall captain Alex Kegg is also given a chance, while Nick Cantello. Tom Twiney and Alan Day have the task of piling up the runs.

Jamie Maltman, Ian Tait and Kevin Waterhouse will be looking to impress with the ball

Cheshire 2nd XI: Andy Newton (captain, Nantwich), Chris Hampshire (Nantwich); Nick Cantello (Heaton Mersey); Alan Day (Alderley Edge); Dave Fitzsimmons (Hyde); Alex Kegg (Chester Boughton Hall); Jamie Maltman (Poynton); Ian Tait (Macclesfield); Tom Twiney (Timperley); Kevin Waterhouse (Bollington).

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