By Neil Goulding (Cheshire Press Officer, 07813 859986)

Scorecard from Marple

CHESHIRE finished their MCCA Knockout Trophy campaign with a welcome victory in their last match against Bedfordshire on Sunday.

Captain Andy Hall and his side held their nerve to clinch a fine two-wicket win over the Group One winners at Marple Cricket Club.

Having won the toss Hall was delighted to have asked the visitors to bat first as Bedfordshire slumped to 34-5.

But a sixth-wicket partnership of 62 and a seventh-wicket partnership of 43 saw the batting side recover to post 160 all out in 48.5 overs.

Bowdon seamer Adam Syddall was the pick of Cheshire's bowlers with an excellent 4-31 return from 10 overs, while Alderley Edge all-rounder Jason Whittaker impressed with 3-19 from 10 unchanged overs.

Hyde all-rounder Rob Woolley took a wicket on his county debut, while club and county teammates Daniel Berry, who claimed a wicket with his off-spin, and a run out from James Duffy helped Cheshire restrain Bedfordshire.

However, after a good start which saw openers Warren Goodwin and Rick Moore put on 43 for the first wicket, Cheshire lost five wickets for there next 34 runs and were in trouble at 80-5.

But from 147-8 Berry (17 not out) and Woolley (6 not out) saw Cheshire home with five balls to spare, the debutant smashing a straight six to make sure of victory.

Chester Boughton Hall's Goodwin top-scored with 43, skipper Hall weighed in with an important 24, while Bramhall teammate Matt Dawson contributed 20.

"It was good to get a win, Bedfordshire are a good side. But we did make life hard for ourselves," reflected Cheshire team manager Sandy Scrimgeour.

"We had a really good start with the ball and came good after they recovered, but again we had a middle order collapse. We need to cut that out.

"But overall it was a good performance to restrict Bedfordshire to 160 and then chase down the runs after we'd lost a few quick wickets."

On the eve of the match Cheshire had to find late replacements for Oulton Park duo Danny Leech and Ben Spendlove. Leech withdrew because of work commitments while Spendlove missed out with a back injury. That allowed twelfth man Moore, also of Oulton Park, to open the batting, while Neston batsman David Hurst was also given the chance to shine with the willow.

Cheshire start their 3-day Minor Counties Western Division Championship campaign away to Cornwall at Falmouth Cricket Club on Sunday (7-9 June).


Bedfordshire 160 all out, 48.5 overs (Syddall 4-31, Whittaker 3-19)

FOW: 9, 25, 31, 31, 34, 96, 139, 139, 155, 160

Cheshire 164-8, 49.1 overs (Goodwin 43, Hall 24, Dawson 20, Berry 17 not out)

FOW: 46, 57, 62, 71, 80, 107, 122, 147

Result: Cheshire (2pts) beat Bedfordshire (0pts) by two wickets

Cheshire team: Rick Moore (Oulton Park), Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Andy Hall (Bramhall, captain), David Hurst (Neston), James Duffy (Hyde), Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Matthew Dawson (Bramhall, wicketkeeper), Daniel Berry (Hyde), Adam Syddall (Bowdon), Rob Woolley (Hyde). 12th man: Tom Young (Hyde). Scorer: Jim Law.


By Neil Goulding (Cheshire Press Officer, 07813 859986)

HYDE all-rounder Rob Woolley will make his Cheshire debut on Sunday as the county face Bedfordshire in the MCCA Knockout Trophy.

Woolley replaces Oulton Park seam bowler Rick Moore as the only change to the Cheshire side who, after defeat to Shropshire, cannot now qualify for this season's quarter-finals.

"Rob is a player who has impressed me for some time, it's a chance for him to show is potential," said Cheshire team manager Sandy Scrimgeour.

"There's very little at stake because we can't qualify for the quarter-finals, so it's a good time for Rob to come in and have an opportunity in the first team."

Bedfordshire have already guaranteed their place in this year's quarter-finals having won the Group One qualifying pool, but Scrimgeour has stressed the need for a victory from Cheshire at Marple Cricket Club as the start of the Championship season approaches.

"We sill want to win, it's important we get a win and start the Championship season with a win. That will be good for confidence," he added.

"It's going to be a good test for us because Bedfordshire have won the group and have been playing well this season."

A view echoed by Cheshire skipper Andy Hall who added: "We were frustrated by the weather against Shropshire, but although we can't qualify we still really want to win.

"It's a chance for Rob to show us what he can do and the rest of the team to get some runs and wickets to put is good shape before the Championship season starts."

Cheshire team: Danny Leech (Oulton Park), Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Andy Hall (Bramhall, captain), Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Matthew Dawson (Bramhall, wicketkeeper), Daniel Berry (Hyde), Adam Syddall (Bowdon), Rob Woolley (Hyde). 12th man: Tom Young (Hyde). Scorer: Jim Law.

Cheshire are kindly sponsored by and AB Nutrition Ltd.