Cheshire v Devon MCCA Championship

at Oxton CC on Sun/Mon/Tues 13/14/15 June 

Cheshire won toss Devon won by 5 wkts Cheshire7 pts Devon 21 pts

Cheshire 1st

Cheshire 2nd


c Williams b Anning 34


lbw Hancock 37


c Hunt b Procter 118


c Court b Procter 13


b Hancock 26


lbw Hancock 0

A.J.Hall (Capt)

c Court b Procter 24

A.J.Hall (Capt)

c Williams b Procter 12


c Williams b Jones 23


c Anning b Procter 0


c Hancock b Anning 26


lbw Procter 21


b Procter 22


c Willow b Jones 38


b Procter 2


no  16

S.Ogilby (Wkt)

no 7

S.Ogilby (Wkt)

lbw Hancock 15


no  11


c Anning b Jones 1




b Jones 4








Total (8 wkts)






Devon  Bowling 1st

Devon Bowling 2nd











N.D.Hancock 13   67 1 N.D.Hancock 30 10 78 3
T.S.Anning 16 4 46 2 T.S.Anning 8 4 9  
R.I.Dawson 6   14   R.I.Dawson        
A.Jones 31 6 87 1 A.Jones 11.4 4 19 3
A.J.Procter 24 2 81 4 A.J.Procter 31 11 60 4












































Devon 1st Innings

Devon 2nd Innings

M.P.Hunt b Pennett 48 M.P.Hunt c&b Fisher 66
Foan c Renshaw b Jones 12 Foan lbw Whittaker 19
Bettis lbw Pennett 22 Bettis c Renshaw b Fisher 34
R.I.Dawson (Capt) c Ogilby b Pennett 18 R.I.Dawson (Capt) b Pennett 28
Williams st Ogilby b Whittaker 16 Williams c Leech b Renshaw 33
N.D.Hancock lbw Pennett 37 N.D.Hancock no 46
Court b Renshaw 22 Court no 9
A.J.Procter st Ogilby b Pennett 28 A.J.Procter    
T.S.Anning no 19 T.S.Anning    
J.G.Willow (wk) c Ogilby b Pennett 0 J.G.Willow (wk)    
A,Jones c Whittaker b Fisher 18 A,Jones    











Total (5wkts) 



Cheshire Bowling 1st

Cheshire Bowling 2nd












9 2 52 1


10.1 2 45 1


21 4 73 6


9   49 1


10 4 20 1


8   30 1


17.2 7 41 1


17   82 2


17   67 1
















Day 3 Report

By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE’s impressive start to the season came to an end as they were beaten by Devon on the final day of an enthralling three-day Minor Counties Championship Western Division tussle at Oxton Cricket Club.Andy Hall’s team led by 204 runs after the second day, but only managed to add 38 more runs for their last four wickets as Devon ran out comfortable five-wicket winners. Jason Whittaker, the Oulton Park all-rounder, top-scored for Cheshire with a gutsy 38, while opener Alexis Twigg hit a quickfire 37 in the home side’s second innings tally of 185.Devon were left a target of 242 for victory, and duly passed the winning line in the 52nd over. Opening batsman Matthew Hunt, who scored 48 in the visitors’ first innings, led the way with 66 from 91 balls, which included 8 x 4s, while Neil Hancock hit an unbeaten 46 as Bobby Dawson's team triumphed. “I'm disappointed that we lost, but you have to hold your hands up - Devon played well," admitted Hall. "We played well for a day and two thirds, but we didn't bat well enough in our second innings. Having been 50-0 we should have done much better. "You can't take anything away from Devon. We didn't bowl very well in their second innings. We could never create any pressure because we were bowling a bad ball nearly every over."Hall believes his side must now win all of their remaining Western Division clashes if Cheshire are to stand any chance of reaching this year's showcase Minor Counties Championship final."Losing means we will probably have to win all our remaining games if we want to win the division," added Hall. "We just needed a couple of batsmen to get big scores and no one did that. The middle order has collapsed twice, here and at Berkshire. It's an area we need to look at very carefully and possibly strengthen."Indeed, a view shared by Cheshire chairman Gerry Hardstaff, who is adamant his team must start to score runs in the middle order."It's vital the middle order start to score runs," said Hardstaff. "At the moment we have been relying one or two people a game to get runs, which we can't afford to do."We do miss Richard Hignett in that area, he was an experienced player, but it's up to whoever gets the chance, to score runs."It might be that we have to take a chance with our batting and bring in another spinner for our next three-day game against Dorset (at Bournemouth). You have to bowl teams out to win matches, and at the moment we haven't got a star bowler."We played well in patches of this match, but Devon played well on the last day to beat us."

Minor Counties Championship – Western Division (Oxton Cricket Club, Final day of 3).

Cheshire 1st innings: 309-8, 90 overs (D Leech 118, A Twigg 34, S Renshaw 26, M Knight 26, A Procter 4-81).

FOW: 45, 90, 134, 196, 244, 278, 295, 297.

Devon 1st innings: 253 all out, 74.2 overs (D Pennett 6-73, M Hunt 48, N Hancock 37, A Procter 28).

FOW: 43, 84, 95, 110, 128, 161, 213, 214, 214, 253.

Cheshire 2nd innings: 185 all out, 74.2 overs (J Whittaker 38, A Twigg 37, A Procter 4-60, N Hancock 3-78, A Jones 3-19)

FOW: 50, 58, 58, 59, 79, 110, 154, 163, 171, 185.

Devon 2nd innings: 245-5, 51.5 overs (M Hunt 66, N Hancock 46 not out)

FOW: 59, 116, 165, 202, 232.

Result: Devon beat Cheshire by five wickets

Day 2 Report

By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE lead Devon by 204 runs with four wickets remaining and a day’s play left in a finely-balanced Minor Counties Championship Western Division clash at Oxton Cricket Club

Having scored a respectable 309-8 from their allotted 90 overs batting first, Cheshire then managed to dismiss the visitors for 253, giving Andy Hall’s team a valuable lead of 56 runs..

Dave Pennett, the former Nottingham paceman, led the way with 6-73 from 21 overs, while the rest of the Cheshire attack chipped in to leave Devon short of Cheshire’s first innings tally.But the visitors did claw their way back into the contest thanks to some tight bowling from off-spinner Andy Procter (4-45), who also tormented Cheshire in their first spell at the crease. Cheshire closed the second day on 148-6 from 63 overs and will now look to bat well on the last day to give Devon a tough target to chase.“I think to have got 200 runs is good now, but ideally we would like anywhere in the region of 250-275 runs,” said captain Hall. “I would have been a lot happier if we had been three or four wickets down instead of six, but we’ve batted well to give ourselves a sniff. “I think anything around the 250-mark would slightly put us favourites, so the more runs we get, the better!”Indeed, Cheshire now have a fighting chance of registering their second win in the Western Division, no mean achievement against last year’s Minor Counties Championship beaten finalists. “I think Robin Fisher will be a key bowler for us, but all the other bowlers will have to bowl well if we are going to win,” said Cheshire chairman Gerry Hardstaff. “Dave Pennett led by example in Devon’s first innings, so we could do with that happening again. “I don’t think we batted badly. Devon have fought back well. Our expectations are to set a realistic target and I think the wicket will get slower and slower. I think that will help us and suit Robin.”

Minor Counties Championship - Western Division (Oxton Cricket Club, Day 2 of 3)

Cheshire 1st innings: 309-8, 90 overs (D Leech 118, A Twigg 34, S Renshaw 26, M Knight 26).

Devon 1st innings: 253 all out, 74.2 overs (D Pennett 6-73, M Hunt 48, N Hancock 37, A Procter 28.

Cheshire 2nd innings: 148-6, 63 overs (A Twigg 37, J Whittaker 28 not out, A Procter 4-45)

Cheshire lead Devon by 204 runs. Final day Tuesday, 10.30am start.

Day 1 Report


By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE opener Danny Leech crashed a brilliant hundred for Cheshire to give his side a commanding lead on the opening day of their 3-day Minor Counties Championship Western Division clash with Devon at Oxton Cricket Club, which runs until Tuesday 15 June.

Leech, who plays for Oulton Park in the Cheshire County League, batted for 254 minutes for his 118, which included 11 x 4s.

The 22-year-old left-hander helped Cheshire reach 309-8 from their allotted 90 overs, before Andy Hall's team restricted the visitors to 53-1 from 28 overs in a tense final couple of hours.

Leech shared a fluent partnership of 45 in nine overs with fellow opener Alexis Twigg (36), before reaching his 50 in 148 balls and his hundred in 233 balls.

"Danny batted very well and is a real asset to the team," said Gerry Hardstaff, the Cheshire chairman. "He played some nice shots, doesn't want to fail and dug in when it mattered."

Four other batsman chipped in with scores over 20 as Cheshire, who won their opening match of the season away to Berkshire, took control.

Debutante 19-year-old left-arm quickie Danny Jones claimed the only Devon wicket of the day as he returned excellent figures of 1-17 from seven tight overs.

"Danny Jones made a good debut and bowled very well," added Hardstaff. "It was a good batting display and then we were very good in the field.

"The bowling was tight and I hope we can maintain that on the second day. We would like to restrict Devon to as few runs as possible."

Indeed, a good bowling and fielding display from Cheshire on day 2 would really put Hardstaff's county in the driving seat.

"We batted solidly, which was good because we didn't bat too well in our first innings down at Berkshire," admitted Andy Hall, the Cheshire captain.

"Danny Leech batted very well and there were a few of us who got in, got runs, and then got out. But we all chipped in and batted around him and he played a good patient innings.

"I'm really pleased for Danny because he's been due a big score for a while now."

Minor Counties Championship - Western Division (Oxton Cricket Club, Day 1 of 3): Cheshire 1st innings: 309-8, 90 overs (D Leech 118, A Twigg 36, S Renshaw 26, M Knight 26, A Procter 4-81). Devon 1st innings: 53-1, 28 overs. Play resumes 11.00am Monday.

Devon Match Preview, Hardstaff Confident & Danny Jones debut - 3 articles by NEIL GOULDING

Match Preview

CHESHIRE captain Andy Hall is backing his side to make a lasting impression against Devon when the two sides clash in the Minor Counties Championship at Oxton Cricket Club, starting tomorrow.

Hall guided his team to a memorable victory against Berkshire at Falklands Cricket Club last month.

And the Cheshire skipper believes the confidence from that victory will spur his side on to success again in their second Minor Counties outing.

"We never expected to win at Berkshire, especially after the way we played in the first innings," admitted Hall, "but we never stopped fighting and the boys really hung in there.

"We are confident, although we haven't played Devon for a few years. They are a very good side and we know we will have to play well to beat them. But we don't fear anyone."

Devon reached the Minor Counties Championship final at Cleethorpes Cricket Club last season, losing narrowly to Lincolnshire.

And Hall expects his charges to be in for a tough test against the beaten finalists.

"Devon have got some good players and in recent years they seem to have got the better of us. However, if we play to our potential I know we can win.

"It would be the perfect start to the season to have won our first two games.. That's all that could have been asked of us. To win those two would be a massive boost."

Cheshire will give a debut to promising left-arm quick bowler Danny Jones, who has also been starring for Lancashire second XI this season.

The 19-year-old played in the Lancashire County League last term, but has moved to play in the Cheshire County League to improve his game and the chances of selection for the minor counties side.

"Hopefully I can make an impression on my debut," said Jones, who has already taken 15 wickets in the Cheshire County League this season.

"I'm looking forward to playing at a higher standard of cricket than that which I play at league cricket. I've played a few games for Lancashire second team and at the Lancashire Academy, but I just want to play the best standard I can. I'd like to take a few wickets and hopefully help the team win."

Cheshire will, however, be without batting prodigy Nafees Din, the Mobberley batsman, who crashed over 300 runs for Cheshire last season, which included a splendid century against Berkshire.

Din is currently studying for his exams and should return to the Cheshire side in time for the Berkshire clash in the Minor Counties Cricket Association Knockout Cup on Sunday, June 20 at Cheadle Hulme cricket club.

"Devon will be a very hard test for all the players," admitted Gerry Hardstaff, the Cheshire Chairman, "but I fancy our chances of winning. They are without some top players and we are brimming with confidence after our victory against Berkshire.

"We won at Oxton last year against Dorset in our opening match of the season.. I'm sure we can do it again because we never even looked like we would win that match. We made things happen on the third day and the players showed a lot of character."

Hardstaff believes skipper Hall has blossomed in only his second term in charge of Cheshire.

And the county chairman is confident Hall's experience, and the growing confidence among his players, will help Cheshire prevail against who he terms as potentially "one of the best teams" in the Western Division.

"Devon showed us last year what a good team they are and they will definitely want to win the title this year after the disappointment of losing to Lincolnshire," added Hardstaff.

"If we beat them then we will have beaten two of the top teams this year.

"Another victory would really give us a solid platform for the rest of the season. I'm really confident about our chances if we perform to our potential.."

Cheshire: Andy Hall (capt), Alexis Twigg, David Pennett, Simon Renshaw, Danny Leech, Danny Jones, Jason Whittaker, Robin Fisher, David Parkinson, Martyn Knight, Stephen Ogilby (wicketkeeper). 12th man: Mike Bolger.

Hardstaff Confident

CHESHIRE chairman Gerry Hardstaff is confident his Minor County side can build on the success of their memorable victory against Berkshire.

Hardstaff's team triumphed by 55 runs at Falkland C.C. in a nip-and-tuck three day tussle.

But next up for Cheshire is a home tie against Devon, last year's Minor Counties Championship runners-up, at Oxton (June 13-15).

Devon were beaten by Lincolnshire in last year's end of season showcase final at Cleethorpes C.C., but will want to go one stepper better this season.

"The Devon match is going to be very tough," admitted Hardstaff. "We didn't play them last year, but they will be very strong.

"They beat Leicestershire in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy (2nd Round) earlier this year, so we know that they will give us a real test.

"But the players were magnificent against Berkshire. They battled back so well after a poor first innings and showed real character."

Indeed, Cheshire's first innings total of 132 looked like it was going to leave the team dead and buried after only the first day.

But a wonderful 160 from skipper Andy Hall and two excellent efforts in the field made sure the visitors were rewarded with a special victory, despite having only left Berkshire needing 193 for victory on the final day.

Hall admitted: "Berkshire were gutted to have lost, you could tell straight away after the match.

"If you lose your first match of the season then you've really got to win the rest of your games if you want to stand any chance of getting to the Minor Counties final.

"I'd like us to try and build on this performance and get another win. All we could do was win and I'm really pleased that we managed to do that.

"It's very important you start the season well. We held on for a draw with Berkshire last season, but I don't really pay too much attention to last season's results. I'm just glad we have opened our account with a win."

Despite their victory, Cheshire are set to ring the changes with a number of key players coming into the side despite having missed out on the trip to Berkshire.

Nafees Din, the Mobberley batsman, was originally picked for the Berkshire game but became unavailable at the last minute. He has been named in the squad to face Devon, while promising left-arm pace bowler Danny Jones has also been given the chance to shine.

Jones, 19, was also selected for the Berkshire tie, but the Leeds University student was unavailable because he had to study for his exams.

However, Jones, who is playing his first season for Oulton Park in the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League, has made himself available for the Devon match and is looking forward to making his Minor Counties Championship debut.

Making way for Jones will be Barney Cutbill, the Macclesfield seam bowler, who made some vital breakthroughs against Berkshire.

"Barney had a an excellent game, but he was not originally selected in our starting team, so he understands that he has to make way this time because we had originally picked Danny Jones.," added Hardstaff.

"Danny is a promising quick bowler who has been highly-rated. I'd watched him play and he looks a good player. We want to give him he chance to play and we will watch to see how he develops."

Din is expected to replace either Martyn Knight or Dave Parkinson, two more promising players who are expected to be given opportunities to succeed at a higher level this season.

"Nafees couldn't play against Berkshire, but is a proven run-scorer and he will improve the side," said Hardstaff. "Martyn and Dave are still in our plans, though."

Cheshire finished third in the Western Division last season, losing just one game in six outings.

If Hall's team can get another victory under their belts against Devon, they will feel they have every chance of making giant strides in the league format this season.

However, Hall is not counting his chickens just yet!

"I'm really looking forward to the season, but there's a long way to go," said Hall.

"We will miss Richard Hignett. He is an experienced player and capable of scoring a lot of runs, which means there is a lot of pressure on the younger lads who come in to bolster out middle order.

"But we've got a good blend of youth and experience and with Danny [Jones] and Nafees [Din] back in the frame, we do look stronger.

"What pleased me most about Berkshire was the spirit we showed when we were down. It was a remarkable comeback and if we keep working hard then I'm confident we can have a good season."

Danny Jones debut v Devon

By Neil Goulding

PROMISING young pace bowler Danny Jones will make his debut for Cheshire against Devon in the Minor Counties Championship Western Division at Oxton Cricket Cub (13-15 June).

Jones plays for Oulton Park in the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League.

It is the 19-year-old's first season in the ECB Premier Division, and already the left-arm quickie is earning himself a reputation as a natural wicket-taker.

Jones is currently studying at Leeds University, but travels home every weekend to play for his club side.

Last year Jones played for Roe Green in the Lancashire County League, where he shone with ball and bat as his club finished second.

But despite claiming an impressive 65 victims and smashing over 600 runs, the talented teenager was tempted to move to Oulton Park, where he hopes to improve as a player.

Jones' brother, Chris, a left-arm spinner, plays for Oulton Park, and that was one of the deciding factors in a switch in clubs.

"My brother obviously plays at Oulton Park, so that did influence my decision, but I just want to improve as a player," admitted Jones.

"I wanted to play a higher standard of cricket and to play on some better wickets. I'm really happy about being selected for Cheshire. Hopefully I can make an impression in my first match."

Jones was selected for Cheshire's opening Minor Counties clash with Berkshire at Falkland Cricket Club in Newbury.

But Jones missed out on that match - a memorable 55 runs victory for Cheshire - because of exams, so has had to wait to earn his first Minor County cap.

"I'm looking forward to playing for Cheshire," added Jones, who has also been asked to play for Lancashire 2nd team this season.

"It depends on selection, but I'd like to play as many games as I can for Cheshire. It's good experience playing a higher standard of cricket. I just want to do as well as I can."

Indeed, and Jones will not have to look far for words of wisdom. Fellow Oulton Park teammates Danny Leech and Jason Whittaker both play for Cheshire, while older brother Chris was also given a game last year alongside Oulton Park wicketkeeper Mike Bentham.

"Danny and Jason both play, so I'll be listening to them for experience," Jones said. "I want to bowl well and prove myself.

"I've been given the chance to play for Lancashire 2nd team this season as well, and I'm enjoying my club cricket. It's a big season for me."

Gerry Hardtstaff, the Cheshire chairman, has already stressed this season that his county need to find a match-winning bowling.

But Hardstaff was happy to concede that an "excellent" all-round bowling performance against Berkshire had helped Cheshire to spring an unexpected victory in Newbury having been on the ropes after the opening day.

"We came unstuck in our first innings, but we bowled exceptionally to win the match," beamed Hardstaff.

"I've said we need to find a match-winning bowler, and we still do, but our bowlers can take a lot of credit for the way they performed against Berkshire.

"I think we are owed a good performance from Simon Renshaw (one of Cheshire's two ex-professionals), and it's also a good chance for Danny Jones to come in and take some wickets.

"He's been highly-recommended to us and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do."

Jones will probably not face a tougher test of his young credentials than against Devon.

Devon won the Western Division last season and only just missed out on the overall Minor Counties Championship crown after defeat against Lincolnshire at Cleethorpes Cricket Club.

"Devon have been a strong side all through the '90s and they proved last year how good they are by winning the Western Division," added Hardstaff.

"They have tended to be our bogey side in the past, so it would be nice to beat them. They've got a good team and under Peter Roebuck's captaincy over the last few years they have really prospered.

"Peter is not captain any more, but Bobby Dawson is a very good captain and they've still got some useful players. It's going to be a tough match but the players are going into it very confident."

However, Hardstaff has already encountered an early selection problem with Nafees Din having dropped out of the team.

Din, the hard-hitting Mobberley batsman, has also ruled himself out for Cheshire's next three-day Championship game, against Bournemouth in Devon.

But the right-hander, who scored 347 runs for Cheshire last term at an average of 43.37, is available for the MCCA Knockout Cup 2nd Round clash with Berkshire at Cheadle Hulme on Sunday 20 June.

"Nafees isn't available, so it's a chance for Martyn Knight and Dave Parkinson to get some runs," Hardstaff said.

"We gave them both (Martyn and Dave) a chance at Berkshire, so now they can have a second bite at the cherry.

"They didn't let us down, but it would be nice to see them both get some runs. We are a little bit weak in our middle order with the loss of Richard Hignett, so we could do with someone coming in and cementing a regular spot in the top half of the order."

Macclesfield seam bowler Barney Cutbill is the only omission from the team which defeated Berkshire.

Cutbill claimed three prize wickets as Cheshire fought back from the brink to triumph and take 20 points on the final day at Falkland C.C.

But having not been originally been picked for the team, coming into the side as a twelth man, Cutbill will have to wait his turn to play for Cheshire again.

Hardstaff admitted: "Barney didn't do much wrong. He bowled very well, but we picked Danny Jones for both our opening two matches, so we are not going to change our selection. I've spoken to Barney and he knows the situation."

Cheshire team: Danny Leech, Jason Whittaker, Danny Jones (Oulton Park); Andy Hall (Bramhall, captain); Alexis Twigg, Dave Pennett (Harrogate); Simon Renshaw (Kibworth); Dave Parkinson (Alderley Edge); Robin Fisher, Steve Ogilby (Chester Boughton Hall); Martyn Knight (Hyde). 12th man: TBA. Scorer: Jack Hempstock.

13-15 June - v Devon (Oxton) Western Division
20 June - v Berkshire (Cheadle Hulme) MCCA Knockout 2nd Round
27-29 June - v Dorset (Bournemouth) Western Division
11-13 July - v Wiltshire (Alderley Edge) Western Division
8-10 August - v Oxfordshire (Banbury) Western Division
22-24 August - v Shropshire (Chester Boughton Hall) Western Division

For more information or pictures contact Cheshire C.C.C.
Press Officer Neil Goulding on 07931 376811d