DESTROYER DUFFY SMASHES CHESHIRE TO WINNING START
By Neil Goulding
CENTURION James Duffy led the way for Cheshire as they made a
winning start to this year's MCCA Knockout Trophy.
The hard-hitting Hyde left-hander smashed a superb unbeaten 131
to guide last year's finalists to an impressive six-wicket win
away to Bedfordshire at Ampthill Town CC.
Duffy crashed ten sixes and nine fours in a cool 96-ball innings
as the visitors successfully chased down 263 for victory.
His perfectly-timed 134 minute innings proved the bedrock his
county needed to start the season with full points.
"James was brilliant, it was a great knock for us,"
praised Cheshire skipper Andy Hall.
"We probably let them get too many runs, but it was a good
team performance from us."
Having lost the toss and been obliged to field, last season's
Minor Counties Championship champions and Western Division winners
had the hosts wobbling at 48-3 and 83-4.
Seamers Guy Emmett (2-38) and Adam Syddall (2-65) the pick of
Cheshire bowlers, although an unbeaten 79 from Marcus Stead and
runs from Richard Howitt (55) and Mark Jackson (54 not out) saw
Bedfordshire post an imposing 262-5 in a rain-reduced 49 overs.
But Cheshire, beaten by Suffolk in last season's showcase Lords'
final, were up to the challenge despite missing last season's
leading run-scorer Danny Leech, absent due to work commitments.
Cheshire youngster David Hurst, who plays for Neston, made his
Minor Counties debut.
Duffy spearheaded the run-chase for Hall's charges, while Warren
Goodwin (64) and Nathan Dumelow (44) provided important support.
Goodwin, who hit 11 fours in a 85-ball innings, shared a third-wicket
partnership of 102 with Duffy, before Dumelow's quickfire 50-ball
knock - which included one six and five fours - helped with a
crucial 110 fourth wicket partnership with Cheshire's top-scorer.
Cheshire also survived the loss of Hall for a duck and, at 38-2,
had plenty of work to do.
But Duffy was the deserved hero as the visitors won with 17 balls
Hall added: "It's a great start the season. We probably let
them [Bedfordshire] get too many runs, but we batted well to chase
down a tough total."
A view shared by Cheshire team manager Sandy Scrimngeour who added:
"It was important we started the season with a win, you can't
ask for much more than that."
Scorecard - MCCA Knockout Trophy (Group
Bedfordshire 262-5, 49 overs (Stead 79no, Howitt 55, Jackson 54no)
Fow: 33, 42, 48, 83, 162.
Cheshire 268-4, 46.1 overs (Duffy 131no, Goodwin 64, Dumelow 44)
Fow: 1, 38, 140, 250.
Result: Cheshire (2pts), who lost the toss, beat Bedfordshire
(0pts) by six wickets
Cheshire team: Andy Hall (capt), Warren Goodwin, Ben Spendlove,
James Duffy, Nathan Dumelow, David Hurst, Jason Whittaker, Matt
Dawson (wkt), Danny Woods, Adam Syddall, Guy Emmett. 12th man:
Daniel Berry. Scorer: Janet Herbert
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