Cheshire v Berkshire MCCA Championship

at Falklands CC, Newbury on Sun/Mon/Tues 23/24/25 June May

Cheshire won toss Cheshire won by 55 runs Cheshire20 pts Berkshire 7 pts

Cheshire 1st

Cheshire 2nd

S.A.Twigg

lbw Denning

26

S.A.Twigg

b Crowe

86

D.N.Leech

c Nurse b Denning

8

D.N.Leech

b Wood

21

M.J.Knight

c&b Denning

4

M.J.Knight

c Perkins b Crowe

12

A.J.Hall (Capt)

c Wood b Bloyce

0

A.J.Hall (Capt)

b Denning

160

D.Parkinson 

lbw Denning

4

D.Parkinson 

lbw Bloce

18

S.J.Renshaw

c Crowe b Denning

30

S.J.Renshaw

c Denning b Crowe

1

J.P.Whittaker

c Morris b Theunissen

8

J.P.Whittaker

lbw Crowe

15

D.B.Pennett

c Nurse b Bloyce

0

D.B.Pennett

c Nurse b Crowe

0

S.Ogilby (Wkt)

no

9

S.Ogilby (Wkt)

c Kingstone b Denning

14

B.J.Cutbill

c Kingstone b Bloyce

1

B.J.Cutbill

c Mordt b Crowe

0

R.W.Fisher

c Nurse b Bloyce

22

R.W.Fisher

no

1

 

Extras

20

 

Extras

26

 

Total

132

 

Total 

354

 

Berks  Bowling 1st

Berks Bowling 2nd

 

O

M

R

W

 

O

M

R

W

N.A.Denning

17

5

50

5

N.A.Denning

16

6

68

2

S.M.Bloyce

15

6

34

4

S.M.Bloyce

22

3

82

1

J.E.Theunissen

6

2

13

1

J.E.Theunissen

3

 

17

 

J.R.Wood

7

4

6

0

J.R.Wood

7

2

21

1

C.D.Crowe

3

 

9

 

C.D.Crowe

34.5

12

73

6

 

 

 

 

 

S.S.Patel

5

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.C.Morris

18

2

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berks 1st Innings

Berks 2nd Innings

L.H.Nurse

c Ogilby b Pennett

23

L.H.Nurse

c Ogilby b Pennett

10

J.R.Perkins

c Ogilby b Whittaker

17

J.R.Perkins

lbw Pennett

40

B.H.D. Mordt

lbw Pennett

8

B.H.D. Mordt

st Ogilby b Fisher

5

J.R.Wood (Capt)

c Fisher b Pennett

8

J.R.Wood (Capt)

c Cutbill b Pennett

4

J.C.Morris

b Cutbill

19

J.C.Morris

 c Renshaw b Fisher

29

S.S.Patel

c Twigg b Cutbill

28

S.S.Patel

 b Whittaker

20

C.D.Crowe

c Ogilby b Cutbill

0

C.D.Crowe

 b Fisher

6

J.E.Kingstone (wk)

lbw Whittaker

35

J.E.Kingstone (wk)

 c Twigg b Whittaker

0

S.M.Bloyce

c Hall b Fisher

82

S.M.Bloyce

 c Renshaw b Fisher

1

N.A.Denning

b Renshaw

44

N.A.Denning

 c Cutbill b Whittaker

2

J.E.Theunissen

no

0

J.E.Theunissen

no 

2

 

Extras

30

 

Extras

18

 

Total 

294

 

Total 

137

 

Cheshire Bowling 1st

Cheshire Bowling 2nd

 

O

M

R

W

 

O

M

R

W

S.J.Renshaw

14.1

3

53

1

S.J.Renshaw

5

 

14

 

D.B.Pennett

22

4

105

3

D.B.Pennett

17

3

61

3

J.P.Whittaker

11

6

53

2

J.P.Whittaker

7.4

2

21

3

R.W.Fisher

17

7

30

1

R.W.Fisher

20

8

37

4

B.J.Cutbill

14

1

49

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 Report by Neil Goulding

By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE's fighting spirit prevailed as they overcame all the odds to defeat Berkshire on the final day of their 3-day Minor Counties Championship Western Division match at Falkland C.C.

Andy Hall's team battled back bravely on the second day to open up a healthy 174 runs lead.

But it was a fine bowling and fielding performance on the crucial last day of action which saw Cheshire triumph by 55 runs.

Having been 336-6 overnight, Hall's team lost their last four wickets for only 18 runs, leaving a modest target of 193 for Berkshire to achieve victory.

However, spirit never wavered in the Cheshire camp and the visitors turned on the style with the ball to dismiss their hosts for 137.

Robin Fisher, the Chester Boughton Hall left-arm spinner, was the catalyst for success with fine figures of 4-37 from 20 miserly overs, while Dave Pennett, the former Nottingham paceman, weighed in with 3-59, which included the key wicket of Berkshire captain Julian Wood.

Jason Whittaker was also excellent with the ball, taking 3-21 as Berkshire crumbled under the pressure.

At 46-3 at tea Berkshire were still slight favourites, but the home team then slipped to 117-5 and from then on could find no way back. Wood's team losing their last five wickets for only 20 runs.

"We've come back from the dead," beamed Cheshire skipper Andy Hall. "We showed fantastic spirit. That has to be one of the best comeback's I've ever been involved with."

Indeed, and Hall paid special tribute to his side for a winning performance against a team he regards as "serious title-contenders".

"You can tell Berkshire are gutted, they want to win the Championship this year," added Hall, "but we never gave up and kept pressuring them.

"We didn't bat too well in the morning, some of our batting was soft, but the boys showed a great deal of character in the field.

"It was always going to be difficult to bowl them out for 192, but we were patient and waited for them to make mistakes. It's always hard chasing because the pressure is on you - and it showed.

"We can't do any more than win our first match, so I'm delighted we've started the season with a victory. Hopefully we can get another one in our next match against Devon."

Cheshire chairman Gerry Hardstaff was understandably delighted with his team's excellent victory.

Cheshire drew with Berkshire at Alderley Edge last season, but two years ago defeated their rivals at Reading C.C. in the last year of Ian Cockbain's reign as captain.

"That was a magnificent performance," said Hardstaff. "I'm very pleased with the way the team played, they turned the match on its head.

"We were led by our captain, who gave a marathon performance with the bat, and some excellent bowling. I'm absolutely delighted. I'd like us to build from here."

Minor Counties Championship - Western Division (Falkland C.C.), Final day of 3.
Cheshire 1st innings: 132 all out, 48 overs (S Renshaw 30, A Twigg 26, R Fisher 22, N Denning 5-50, S Bloyce 4-34).
FOW: 32, 39, 40, 44, 44, 67, 105, 106, 108, 132.

Berkshire 1st innings: 294 all out, 78.1 overs (S Bloyce 82, N Denning 44, J Kingstone 35, B Cutbill 3-49, J Whittaker 2-53, D Pennett 3-105).
FOW: 39, 47, 58, 65, 120, 120, 121, 200, 294, 294.

Cheshire 2nd innings: 354 all out, 105.5 overs (A Hall 160, A Twigg 86, C Crowe 6-73).
FOW: 47, 185, 233, 268, 277, 317, 351, 352, 352, 354.

Berkshire 2nd innings: 137 all out, 62.3 overs (J Perkins 40, R Fisher 4-37, D Pennett 3-59, J Whittaker 3-21).
FOW: 16, 41, 48, 95, 103, 129, 129, 129, 133, 137.

Cheshire beat Berkshire by 55 runs.

Cheshire won the toss and elected to bat

Day 2 Report by Neil Goulding

By Neil Goulding

CAPTAIN Andy Hall led by example for Cheshire with a brilliant unbeaten century which clawed his side back into contention against Berkshire at Falkland C.C. in this nip-and-tuck Minor Counties Championship Western Division clash.

Hall admitted after the first day's play that someone on the Cheshire team would have to score a big hundred to give Berkshire a run for their money.

And it was Hall himself who stepped up to the plate and crashed a wonderful 153 not out to leave the visitors with a healthy lead of 174 runs at the close of play on the second day.

The Cheshire skipper was well-aided by opener Alexis Twigg, the former Cumberland batsman, who caressed his way to 86 from 108 balls before he was bowled by Berkshire off-spinner Carl Crowe.

But it was Hall's special innings, which lasted 250 minutes and contained 23 fours, that made sure Cheshire now have a fighting chance of a victory on the final day of action, today.

A view shared by Gerry Hardstaff, the Cheshire chairman, who is hopeful his side can continue their improved form with the willow and set the home side with a difficult target to chase.

"Andrew's innings has really got us back into the match," admitted Hardstaff, who was buoyed by Cheshire's fighting spirit.

"Alexis [Twigg] batted very well, but it was Andrew's innings which has put us in a much better position after the disappointment of how we batted in the first innings."

Hall reached his 50 in only 56 balls, his century in 125 balls and then passed the 150-mark in 216 balls, having spent over four hours at the crease.

The only bowler to make any impact from Berkshire was Crowe, who finished with figures of 4-72 from 31 overs. Earlier, Steve Bloyce finished on 82 as Berkshire added 70 more runs to their overnight score of 224-8.

But the day belonged to Cheshire and Hall is confident he, and his team, can push on and make a real contest out of the final days' play.

"We were out of the game after the first day, but we've done exceptionally well to get to the position we have. We are still in the mix," said Hall.

"If we had got the last two Berkshire wickets in the first 5-10 overs, then we'd have had a much bigger lead, but I'm very happy with the way we played."

The Cheshire innings got off to a solid start with Twigg and fellow opener Danny Leech putting on 47 from 15 overs, before the latter fell just before lunch.

However, Hall's introduction yielded a splendid 2nd wicket partnership of 138 runs with Twigg, which came in good time - 79 minutes - as Cheshire drew level and then constructed their lead.

Debutante Dave Parkinson, Martyn Knight and Jason Whittaker all had good starts, but could not progress, but wicketkeeper Steve Ogilby stayed with Hall until the close as Cheshire well and truly fired their way back into the game.

"I'd like to see us get as many runs as we can, around the 100-mark or more would be nice. If we can bat until lunch with the four wickets we've got left, then hopefully we can leave Berkshire with a tough target to chase," added Hall.

"It's a good batting track, but we can still win if we can get that lead and pick up wickets if they decide to chase. I don't like boring draws.

"We are not favourites, but if we can set Berkshire a target, they will want to chase and then that helps us trying to get wickets. The morning session will be very important and will set the tempo for the rest of the match."

Minor Counties Championship - Western Division (Falkland C.C.), Day 2 of 3.
Cheshire 1st innings: 132 all out, 48 overs (S Renshaw 30, A Twigg 26, R Fisher 22, N Denning 5-50, S Bloyce 4-34).
FOW: 32, 39, 40, 44, 44, 67, 105, 106, 108, 132.

Berkshire 1st innings: (Overnight 224-8, 62 overs); 294 all out, 78.1 overs (S Bloyce 82, N Denning 42, J Kingstone 35, B Cutbill 3-49, J Whittaker 2-53, D Pennett 3-105).
FOW: 39, 47, 58, 65, 120, 120, 121, 200, 294, 294.

Cheshire 2nd innings: 336-6, 93 overs (A Hall 153 not out, A Twigg 86, C Crowe 4-72).
FOW: 47, 185, 233, 268, 277, 317.

Cheshire lead Berkshire by 174 runs with one day to play. A maximum of 90 overs available on last day.

Cheshire won the toss and elected to bat

Day 1 Report by Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE bravely battled back from a precarious position on the opening day of their 3-day Minor Counties with Berkshire at Falkland C.C.

But Andy Hall's team still trailed by 92 runs at the close of play, largely due to an unbeaten half century from Berkshire all-rounder Steve Bloyce, who stayed defiant until the end.

Skipper Hall won the toss and elected to bat, but two debatable L.B.W. decisions, plus some excellent catching and bowling from the home side, saw Cheshire slip from relative comfort at 32-0, to serious trouble at 44-5, and then 67-5.

Former Hampshire all-rounder Simon Renshaw relieved the pressure for a while with a spirited 30, but when he was dismissed shortly after lunch, Cheshire were bowled out for 132.

Alexis Twigg (26), from as many balls, and tail-ender Robin Fisher (22) were the only other batsman to make notable contributions, while wicketkeeper Steve Ogilby played a patient support roll while Renshaw was at the crease.

But, although Cheshire's batting let them down, the visitors were highly-motivated to make amends with the ball. And they duly did.

Dave Pennett, the former Nottingham paceman, made inroads with three prize scalps, including that of big-hitting Berkshire captain Julian Wood, while Barney Cutbill grabbed three wickets in his first over.

Cutbill, the Macclesfield seam bowler - who plays in the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League - narrowly missed on a hat-trick, but his efforts with the ball hauled Cheshire back into the contest.

"Barney bowled like a man possessed, he had steam coming out of his ears," joked Hall. "We didn't bat very well, so we were fired up to get ourselves back into the match.

"Barney and Dave (Pennett) were our stand out bowlers and we did beat the bat on a fair amount of occasions, but credit to Berkshire, they batted well just when we needed to push on."

School teacher Jason Whittaker also nipped in with two important wickets as Berkshire finished on 224-8. The home side now have a maximum 28 overs today to extend their early lead.

"We didn't bat well, so we need to show a bit of character and bat well in our second innings," admitted Gerry Hardstaff, the Cheshire chairman.

Hall is adamant his team must try and dismiss Berkshire within the first five overs of the second morning's play and limit the home side to a lead close to the hundred mark.

"Our lower order held it together, but 18 wickets have fallen on the first day, which I think has surprised everyone," added Hall.

"It's a chance for some of the younger lads to get a big score. We need to bowl Berkshire out as soon as we can and then bat all day to give ourselves a lead of at least 200.

"It would be good if someone could get a big score, hopefully a hundred. If someone managed that, then we would have batted all day."

Minor Counties Championship - Western Division (Falkland C.C.), Day 1 of 3.
Cheshire 1st innings: 132 all out, 48 overs (S Renshaw 30, A Twigg 26, R Fisher 22, N Denning 5-50, S Bloyce 4-34).
FOW: 32, 39, 40, 44, 44, 67, 105, 106, 108, 132.

Berkshire 1st innings: 224-8, 62 overs (S Bloyce 50 not out, J Kingstone 35, B Cutbill 3-21, J Whittaker 2-53, D Pennett 3-79).
FOW: 39, 47, 58, 65, 120, 120, 121, 200.

Berkshire lead Cheshire by 92 runs

Cheshire won the toss and elected to bat Preview By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE have named a strong team ahead of their opening Minor Counties Western Division clash, against Berkshire, at Falklands C.C., which starts on Sunday and runs until Tuesday (23-25 May).

Last year's M.C.C.A.Knockout Cup quarter-finalists have made three changes to the side which gave a spirited display in the 89-run defeat against Hampshire in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy earlier this month.

Guyanese pace bowler Barrington Browne is ineligible to play because he is not registered as an English citizen, despite having played for Nantwich in the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League E.C.B. Premier Division for a number of years.

Clinton Perrren, the Queensland all-rounder, is all absent having only been brought in as a recognised overseas player for the cup showdown with Hampshire.

Also missing is Nafees Din, the Mobberley batting prodigy who smashed a superb century against Berkshire last season when Cheshire drew with them at Alderley Edge.

Those vacancies have left a space for Dave Parkinson, from Edge, to make his debut for the Minor County club, while talented Hyde all-rounder Martyn Knight has also been given the chance to shine having played a handful of games last season.

Macclesfield seamer Barney Cutbill is also in the starting line-up having been 12th man for the Hampshire match.

"Berkshire batted us out of the game last season, so hopefully this time it will be a lot closer," admitted Gerry Hardstaff, the Cheshire chairman.

"They have a very strong batting line-up, but at this stage we are not quite sure who is playing. Their captain, Julian Wood, scored a hundred against us last year, as did Paul Pritchard and Richard Howitt, so we know we are going to have to bowl well."

Hardstaff has already identified the absence of a match-winning bowler as of Cheshire's weaknesses.

But nevertheless, the Cheshire chairman is optimistic of his county's chances of success.

"We've got a strong team and it's imperative to the start the season with a win," added Hardstaff.

"We beat Dorset in the first game of the season last year at Oxton. That victory gave the players a lot of confidence, especially because the game was heading for a draw.

"I thought against Hampshire we acquitted ourselves very well and my no means disgraced ourselves. I'm sure that performance will give a lot of the players confidence."

Hardstaff is also hoping debutante Dave Parkinson is successful and can cement a regular place in the team, while he also wishes Martyn Knight, who impressed him last term, can again show some of the form which warranted a Minor County call-up last season.

"Dave has been recommended to us and played in the Bolton Association, as well as for Cumberland," said Hardstaff.

"We have got a good all-rounder in Jason Whittaker, but it's always nice to have another player who can bowl some overs and add a little variety to our attack.

"Dave has scored a half-century at Minor Counties level, so he has the ability to play at a high level. I hope he settles into the team well and gets some runs. We believe in giving those players that are good enough the chance to do well.

"The same goes for Martyn. He came in last season for a few games and scored some useful runs. He's an accomplished player and he never let us down last season, so again we are giving him the chance to try and keep a regular place."

Runs will be at a premium this season for Cheshire have lost vice-captain and batting ace Richard Hignett.

The former Bootle player is playing Grade cricket in Australia and is therefore unavailable this season. Hignett may also not be available next season.

"We will miss Richard Hignett because he can win you a game," Hardstaff added. "Richard plays his shots and he's the type of person you want in your team.

"But he's not playing this year and we have to find a replacement. There's a good chance for Dave and Martyn to take that spot. Competition for places is always healthy.

"We have got a good squad this season and I'm sure that all the players want to start the season well. Berkshire will be a tough test, but we are confident of doing well."

Cheshire team:
Andy Hall (Bramhall, captain); Jason Whittaker, Danny Leech (Oulton Park); Robin Fisher, Steve Ogilby (Chester Boughton Hall); Martyn Knight (Hyde); Dave Parkinson (Alderley Edge); Barney Cutbill (Macclesfield); Alexis Twigg, Dave Pennett (Harrogate); Simon Renshaw (Kibworth). Scorer: Jack Hempstock