Cheshire and Devon Settle for
Draw - Day 3 Report
by Neil Goulding
Cheshire took eleven points from a solid Championship draw against Western Division rivals Devon at Exmouth yesterday (TUESDAY).
The hosts recovered from 62-3 at tea in their pursuit of 317 to win from a minimum of 56 overs to close the game on 150-3.
Former Derbyshire pair Nathan Dumelow and Ben Spendlove were the stars of the final day for table-topping Cheshire, who have now won two and drawn two of their four games.
They resumed yesterday with the bat, putting on 65 for the fifth wicket before Dumelow was out for 39 with the score at 146-5.
Spendlove continued however to post 70, reaching his half-century off 128 balls.
Trevor Anning was the pick of the Devon bowlers, claiming 3-54 from his 25 overs as skipper Andy Hall declared Cheshire's second innings four overs after lunch on 266-6.
From that point on there was only ever going to be one side who could win the game - and Cheshire had a chance to do just that when Devon's top order crumbled.
Tom Young, Dumelow and Jason Whittaker all claimed a wicket courtesy of lbw shouts, but the hosts batted out to claim nine points.
Cheshire team manager Sandy Scrimgeour admitted that his side had been involved in a "difficult game".
And while he knew that Shropshire, who began the game in joint second spot 18 points behind, had lost, he was waiting on the other results.
The Scot added: "We will still be top, but by how many points we just don't know at this stage."
Score: Cheshire 341-6 (Leech 154) and 266-6 dec (Spendlove 70 and Dumelow 39)
drew with Devon 291-8 (Berry 3-82 and Dumelow 3-94) and 150-3 (Dumelow 1-60)
DUMELOW AND BERRY KEY TO CHESHIRE
VICTORY Day 2 Report by Neil Goulding
Cheshire's spin twins Nathan Dumelow and Daniel Berry could be the key men in the county's charge for a fourth successive Championship victory against Devon at Exmouth today (TUESDAY).
The off-spinning pair equally shared six wickets between them on an intriguing second day of the Western Division clash, as the table-toppers chiselled out a lead of 183 going into the final day.
The hosts began day two at 64-3, in reply to Cheshire's first innings 341-6, and completed their 90 overs on 291-8 - a deficit of 50.
Oulton Park's former Derbyshire man Dumelow claimed 3-94 from his 33 overs, while Hyde's Berry claimed 3-82 from 26. Adam Syddall and Jason Whittaker picked up one apiece.
Opener Rob Holman top scored with 57 for the hosts, while James Hudson hit 49, David Lye 41 and nightwatchman Ian Bishop 35.
The hosts recovered from 133-5 and 220-7 mainly thanks to a late blast of 32 runs in 12 minutes from tail-ender Rob Newman.
Cheshire then stumbled in reply, with opener Danny Leech top scoring again with 37. Oulton Park's Leech creamed 154 on the first day, but was caught behind off the bowling of Trevor Anning in the second.
The visitors slumped to 81-4, with debutant Jonny Kettle opening his account with 18 following a first innings duck.
But Ben Spendlove and Dumelow put on an unbroken 52 for the fifth wicket, notching 27 and 32 respectively. It was tough going for the former Derby duo, taking the visitors to 133-4 at close.
The wicket is getting lower and slower at the Maer Ground, and could be more receptive to spin today.
"We are still in a reasonable position, but it was a mixed day," assessed team manager Sandy Scrimgeour. "Maybe it is getting closer to even stevens."
"We were in a bit of trouble at 81-4," he continued. "But the lads at the end worked hard to keep us going."
Score: Cheshire 341-6 (Leech 154) and 133-4 (Leech 37 and Dumelow 32 not out)
lead Devon 291-8 (Berry 3-82 and Dumelow 3-94) by 183 runs
LEECH NOTCHES BRILLIANT 154 TO PUT CHESHIRE IN CHARGE AGAINST DEVON
Day 1 Report by Neil Goulding
Oulton Park opener Danny Leech
amassed a brilliant century to give Cheshire a flying start to
their Minor Counties Championship match against Devon at Exmouth
The 27 year-old notched 154 off 190 balls to fire the Western Division leaders to an imposing 341-6 declared after their 90 overs.
Adam Syddall, Jason Whittaker and Nathan Dumelow then grabbed a wicket apiece to reduce the hosts to 64-3 at close.
Leech, born in Crewe, was backed up by an entertaining 87 from Hyde's James Duffy, who hit nine fours and two sixes in his 134-ball knock.
The pair shared a fourth wicket stand of 120 on a flat wicket at the Maer Ground to help recover from the early loss of debutant Jonny Kettle, who fell for a duck in the very first over.
Captain Andy Hall's decision to bat after winning the toss was more than justified by Leech's 26 boundaries.
Leech, who also shared a third wicket stand of 90 with Ben Spendlove (20), was finally bowled by off-spinner James Hudson to leave the score at 264-4.
Whittaker and wicketkeeper Matt Dawson boosted the score at the end of the innings with 20 not out and 18 not out respectively.
"We certainly would have taken that at the start of the day," said team manager Sandy Scrimgeour.
"It was a great innings from Danny to really set us up. But we will still have to bend our back in the morning because it is a track that you really have to work hard on to get the rewards."
The visitors made the perfect start in 23 overs with the ball. Former Derbyshire off-spinner Dumelow trapped home skipper Robert Dawson lbw in the penultimate over of the day.
Score: Cheshire 341-6 from 90 overs (Leech 154, Duffy 87. Ian Bishop and James Hudson two wickets each for Devon).
Devon 64-3 from 23 overs. (Syddall, Whittaker, Dumelow one wicket each).
Danny Leech hit 154 off 190 balls including 26 boundaries. He spent 263 minutes at the crease. His 50 off 84 balls, his 100 off 130 balls, his 150 off 183 balls.
Team: Danny Leech (Oulton Park), Jonny Kettle (Oulton Park), Andy Hall (Bramhall, skipper), Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park, vice capt), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Matt Dawson (Bramhall, wicketkeeper), Daniel Berry (Hyde), Adam Syddall (Bowdon), Tom Young (Hyde), 12th man: Ollie Law (Chester Boughton Hall), Scorer: Jim Law
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