CHESHIRE A FRUSTRATED BY RAIN AGAINST NORTHUMBERLAND
By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE A were denied the chance to force home their advantage against the Northumberland Development XI yesterday as the match petered out to a tame draw.

Having racked up an imposing 270-3 declared from 67 overs, Cheshire fancied their chances of forcing victory on the second and final day's play at Mobberley Cricket Club.

But heavy rain brought a premature end to proceedings and both sides had to settle for a draw.

Northumberland were due to resume on 78-1 from 31 overs, but a decision was taken to abandon the match after lunch with heavy rain still falling.

The highlights for Cheshire saw promising Oulton Park batsman Jonny Kettle hit an unbeaten century, while Oxton's Chris Davies batted well for 63.

Chester Boughton Hall batsman Freddie Owen, the current Cambridge University captain, chipped in with a useful 55. Alderley Edge's Alan Day contributed a welcome 25.

Hyde spinner Danny Woods claimed Cheshire's only wicket of the match as their opponents needed 186 balls for their 78 runs.

"We batted very well in our first innings, but unfortunately the wet weather put paid to any chances we had of winning the match," reflected Cheshire team manager Sandy Scrimgeour.

"It's frustrating, but there's nothing we could have done. We scored our runs quickly and made a good declaration, but there was still a lot of time left for a result.

"Jonny Kettle batted really well for his hundred - and he was well supported by Chris Davies and Freddie Owen."

Cheshire A's next match is a one-day clash away to the Yorkshire Academy at Weetwood Cricket Club on 28th July. Free admission for travelling spectators.

The county team faced the Yorkshire Academy in their first game of the season back in mid-June, but rain also caused that match to be abandoned after only one day.

Further games follow against Staffordshire on 31st July at Audley Cricket Club, followed by their last game of the season against North Wales CA on the 12th August at Malpas Cricket Club.

Scorecard:

Cheshire 1st innings: 270-3 declared, 67 overs (Kettle 100 not out, Davies 63, Owen 55, Day 25)

Northumberland Development XI 1st innings: 78-1, 31 overs (Woods one wicket)

 

CENTURION KETTLE PUTS CHESHIRE A IN DRIVING SEAT
By Neil Goulding

OPENER Jonny Kettle starred for Cheshire A as they racked up the runs on the opening day of their two-day match with the Northumberland Development XI.

The Oulton Park batsman hit an unbeaten 100 at Mobberley Cricket Club yesterday after the home team had won the toss and elected to bat.

Cheshire declared on an imposing 270-3 from 67 overs, with Oxton's Chris Davies (63) and Chester Boughton Hall's Freddie Owen (55) also in the runs.

Alderley Edge batsman Alan Day (25) chipped in with useful runs before the hosts got to bowl at their opponents.

In reply Northumberland found it tough going and finished the day on 78-1 from 31 overs.

Hyde's left-arm spinner Danny Woods claimed Cheshire's only wicket as the visitors batted slowly on a good batting track.

If there is going to be a result in the match then Northumberland will need to score quick runs on the final day, with both sides due another innings each.

Scorecard:

Cheshire 1st innings: 270-3 declared, 67 overs (Kettle 100 not out, Davies 63, Owen 55, Day 25)

Northumberland Development XI 1st innings: 78-1, 31 overs

Cheshire won the toss and elected to bat.