Cheshire's successful season finished on a disappointing note as their depleted side lost their 2nd round
Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2002 match against Cornwall at Toft.
Three of Cheshire's leading players who had contributed much to Cheshire's cause during the season were sidelined through injury. Andrew Hall had a sprained ankle, Paul Bryson a leg injury and Neil Cross a broken hand. Additionally Simon Renshaw was unavailable for this match which had been postponed for 24 hours due to rain.
Fielding first Cheshire's bowling was never controlled enough to contain Cornwall's top order. They reached 212 for three without much difficulty with Ben Price scoring 74 and their South African all-rounder Steve Pope 59. These two put on 116 for the third wicket before Cheshire's Indian Test player Abby Kuruvilla, finishing with a flourish, took three wickets in the final over, ending with 4 for 21 as Cornwall totalled 217 for 8 in their 45 overs.
Cheshire's reply got off to the worst possible start when their Captain, Ian Cockbain, was bowled for a duck in his last match before retiring from the Minor Counties scene. This set the tone for the innings which never looked like coming to terms with the target. Nathan Wood batted, defiantly to reach a half century but nobody was able to stay with him for long and the innings declined to 151 all out.
Cornwall beat Cheshire by 65 runs:
CORNWALL .217 for 8 (B P Price 74: S C Pope