Cheshire v Dorset CCC – MCCA Championship

At Dean Park  on Sun/Mon/Tues 27/28/29 June 2004

Dorset won toss – Match Drawn

Cheshire 1st Cheshire 2nd
S.A.Twigg c Thurgood b Hicks 37 c Lawes b Kitzinger 17
D.N.Leech lbw Cowley 78 lbw Deakin 45
G.F.Archer c Lawes b Cowley 33 lbw Hicks 86
M.J.Knight b Deakin 2 c Lawes b Hicks 4
S.J.Renshaw (c) c Thurgood b Deakin 7 lbw Hicks 25
J.P.Whittaker no 24 ro 23
D.Jones lbw Deakin 9 c Harrison-Smith b Hicks 11
D.B.Pennett b Cowley 2 no 4
I.S.Spencer (w) c Treagus b Deakin 0    
C.Jones c Deakin b Hicks 37 b Cowley 11
R.W.Fisher lbw Cowley 0    








  Total (8 wkts)



Dorset Bowling 1st  Bowling 2nd
  O M R W O M R W
J.Elliot-Square 7   22   5 2 8  
R.C.Kitzinger 20 8 35   21 10 30 1
K.Wilson 6 1 19   4   17  
T.C.Hicks 15 6 46 2 40 10 115 4
D.J.Cowley 25 5 58 4 18.3 8 47 1




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Dorset 1st Innings 2nd Innings
G.R.Treagus c Fisher b Renshaw 43 b Whittaker 5
N.J.Thurgood c Fisher b Jones 46 c Whittaker b Pennett 14
P.J.Deakin c Pennett b Renshaw 5 b Whittaker 13
B.Lawes lbw Renshaw 0 c Spencer b Pennett 17
N.Harrison-Smith c Spencer b Renshaw 8 c Whittaker b Jones D 9
D.J.Cowley c Renshaw b Jones D 47 retired hurt 23
T.C.Z.Lamb (wk)(c) c Whittaker b Fisher 9 no 39
T.C.Hicks no 32 run out 0
J.Elliot-Square c Spencer b Fisher 7 c Knight b Whittaker 45
K.Wilson c&b Fisher 2 no 4
R.C.Kitzinger C Twigg b Fisher 0








Total (7 wkts)



Cheshire  Bowling 1st   2nd
  O M R W


D.B.Pennett 8 1 29   11 3 37 2
S.J.Renshaw 22 8 59 4 8 3 20  
D.Jones 9 3 28 1 11 2 40 1
R.W.Fisher 18 3 40 4 15 4 28  
J.P.Whittaker 11 2 35   11 4 34 3
C.Jones 12 5 16 1 5   25  


Day 3 Report

By Neil Goulding


CHESHIRE were denied victory at Dean Park as Dorset battled back from the brink to snatch a draw.


Having led by 135 runs overnight, Cheshire were indebted to new signing Graeme Archer (86) as they set an imposing target of 272 for Dorset to chase from just over 60 overs.


The visitors followed up their form with the bat with some excellent bowling from Oulton Park duo Jason Whittaker and Danny Jones, and former Nottinghamshire paceman Dave Pennett, which saw the home side reeling at 78-5 at tea.


And an early run-out after the resumption left Dorset in real trouble with plenty of overs to bat out on the final day of an intriguing Western Division tussle.


However, stubborn batting from Dorset skipper Tim Lamb, who made a defiant 39 not out, made sure Cheshire were denied a win on the South West coast .


Whittaker was the pick of Cheshire ’s bowlers with figures of 3-34 from 11 overs, while Pennett finished with 2-37.


But a draw was not the result Cheshire had been looking for having dominated the match from start to finish.


“I’m disappointed because we had a golden opportunity to win the game,” admitted Cheshire chairman Gerry Hardstaff.


“You could say that Dorset were a little bit negative and were never going for the win, but we had them in real trouble at tea and should have won.


“The problem was that we didn’t push home our advantage. We should have got 22 points for a win instead of 10 draw points.”


A view shared by Andy Hall, the Cheshire skipper, who didn’t play in the match, but travelled down to support his teammates despite a rib-injury. Simon Renshaw took the captain’s reigns in Hall’s absence.


“We controlled the game, so to not have won was a real shame,” said Hall, who is hopeful of returning to the Cheshire side in time for the county’s next game, against Wiltshire at Alderley Edge.


“Hopefully I’ll be fit for the Wiltshire match,” added Hall. “We’ve played well for long periods of this game and we fancied our chances of beating Dorset , but we just didn’t do enough.


“It’s going to be very difficult for us to win the Division now, but we’ve got to keep going and try and get a victory against Wiltshire. They will have a decent side but they are a team I think we have a good chance of beating.”


Minor Counties Championship - Western Division (Final day of 3, Dean Park, Bournemouth ):


Cheshire 1st innings: 243 all out (D Leech 78, A Twigg 37, C Jones 37, G Archer 33, J Whittaker 24no, D Cowley 4-58, P Deakin 4-52).

FOW: 77, 144, 151, 169, 169, 180, 189, 194, 243, 243.


Dorset 1st innings: 219 all out (D Cowley 47, N Thurgood 46, G Treagus 43, T Hicks 32no, R Fisher 4-40, S Renshaw 4-59).

FOW: 62, 74, 74, 86, 153, 169, 177, 201, 217, 219.


Cheshire 2nd innings: 247-8 declared (G Archer 86, D Leech 45, T Hicks 4-115).

FOW: 34, 98, 112, 192, 199, 229, 232, 247.


Dorset 2nd innings: 200-7 (J Elliot-Squire 45, T Lamb 39no, J Whittaker 3-34, D Pennett 2-37)

FOW: 9, 35, 48, 66,78, 110, 177.


Match drawn – Points: Cheshire 10, Dorset 9.


Day 2 Report

By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE have given themselves a fighting chance of victory away to Dorset in the Minor Counties Championship Western Division.
Superb bowling and then some gritty batting made sure the home side slipped from 52 for no wicket overnight to 86-4 and ultimately 219 all out, 24 runs short of Cheshire's first innings total of 243.
Stand-in skipper Simon Renshaw, the former Hampshire paceman, led from the front with 4-59 from 16 overs, while left-arm spinner Robin Fisher did the damage at the other end with impressive figures of 4-40 from 18 miserly overs.
It was then left to Cheshire's top-order to survive a difficult spell at the crease against Dorset's three spinners on a slow, turning pitch.
Opener Danny Leech - Cheshire's 1st innings hero with a top score of 78 - led the way with a gutsy 45 before he was eventually dismissed 20 minutes before the close of play.
However, Dorset could not get the prize wicket of Graeme Archer, Cheshire's new signing from Staffordshire.
Archer, who played more than 100 times for first-class county Nottinghamshire, remained unbeaten on 43 after an almost chanceless innings.
"All our bowlers have bowled exceptionally well, especially Simon [Renshaw] and Robin [Fisher]," said a happy Gerry Hardstaff.
"We were happy to get some type of lead and then Danny [Leech] and Graeme [Archer] batted well to put us in a strong position."
Hardstaff now hopes his county can set Dorset a target of at least 220 to chase in order to pursue a victory on the South West coast.
A similar view to that of Renshaw who, if everything goes to plan, believes Cheshire will look to score anything around the 250-mark and then push for their second 3-day win of the season.
"We need to push on in the morning and hopefully we can give ourselves a winning chance," said Renshaw.
"From the position we were in on the first day we've done very well to get a lead. It's a slow pitch and sometimes there's a bit of steep bounce, but ideally we'd like to have two sessions to try and bowl them out.
"It would have been nice to get Dorset out for about 200, but although we dropped a couple of catches, we bowled well and then Danny and Graeme batted very well.
"Danny will be a bit disappointed he got out with 20 minutes to go, but we've got wickets in hand and we've always got a chance of victory."
Cheshire resume the final day with a healthy lead of 135 runs, with Archer and Martyn Knight the two batsmen to resume at the crease.
"The main thing is not to get bowled out cheaply in the morning so that we can control the game," said Hardstaff.
"We've been given a solid base to build from. I'm glad we've got two spinners because the pitch is turning.
"I knew it would turn from past experience and I hope that both our spinners, and the rest of the bowlers, can help win us the game. We don't want a draw."
Minor Counties Championship - Western Division (Day 2 of 3, Dean Park, Bournemouth):
Cheshire 1st innings: 243 all out (D Leech 78, A Twigg 37, C Jones 37, G Archer 33, J Whittaker 24no, D Cowley 4-58, P Deakin 4-52).
FOW: 77, 144, 151, 169, 169, 180, 189, 194, 243, 243.
Dorset 1st innings: 219 all out (D Cowley 47, N Thurgood 46, G Treagus 43, T Hicks 32no, R Fisher 4-40, S Renshaw 4-59).
FOW: 62, 74, 74, 86, 153, 169, 177, 201, 217, 219.
Cheshire 2nd innings: 111-2 (D Leech 45, G Archer 43no).
FOW: 34, 98.
Cheshire, with eight wickets left, lead Dorset by 135 runs with one day remaining



By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE captain Andy Hall will miss his team's crucial three-day Minor Counties Championship Western Division clash with Dorset, which runs from 27-29 June at Dean Park in Bournemouth.
Hall sustained a nasty rib-injury while playing for the ECB representative side last week, which forced him to miss Sunday's MCCA Knockout Cup match with Berkshire at Cheadle Hulme Cricket Club.
However, Cheshire have come up trumps by signing former Nottingham and Staffordshire batsman Graeme Archer.
Archer, 33, scored over 1,800 runs for Staffs and appeared no fewer than 100 times for Notts.
But new Minor Counties Cricket Association rules mean that Staffs can only play one former professional who has made more than 40 appearances at first-class level.
Staffs opted for player-coach Kim Barnett, so Archer was left in the lurch.
Luckily, Cheshire came to his rescue and now Archer is looking to repay that faith with the willow.
"A move was forced on me because of these new rule changes, which left me without a county to play for," admitted Archer.
"I'm disappointed to be leaving Staffordshire, but they have decided to go with Kim [Barnett] so it's time for me to move on.
"I'm looking forward to playing for Cheshire. It's going to be nice to move over from the Eastern Division and play in the Western Division. There's a lot of good players in the Western Division."
Archer averaged an impressive 42.85 with the bat for Staffs in his 27 appearances, which included a top score of 201 not out.
And the former first-class cricketer is looking forward to hopefully "filling his boots" for Cheshire.
"It's going to be strange coming into the side with two matches already gone, but I've got four matches to get some runs," added Archer.
"Ideally I'd like to be averaging 50 by the end of the season. That's the benchmark which I set for myself. I'd also like to get some hundreds if I can, but as long as we can get some W's in the win-column, then I'l be happy."
Cheshire defeated Dorset in a nail-biting showdown at Oxton Cricket Club last season in their opening match of the campaign.
Kibworth all-rounder Simon Renshaw hit the winning runs that day with a cameo innings which made sure Cheshire made the perfect start to the season.
And it will be Renshaw who captains the Cheshire side in the absence of Hall.
Cheshire have also made two more changes to the side which lost to Devon.
Wicketkeeper Stephen Ogilby has been called up to Ireland team to play to the MCC, with the view of enhancing his chances for a World Cup place. He will be replaced behind the stumps by Widnes captain Ian Spencer, who figured briefly for Cheshire last season.
Chris Jones, the left-arm Oulton Park spinner, has also been brought into the team and will join younger brother Danny, the left-arm quickie, who made his debut against Devon.
"We have been struggling in the middle order and it showed against Devon. We could also do with another spinner for the final day to help bowl out sides," said Hall.
"A bad session of play can be the difference between winning and losing. We need to find someone who can score runs for us in that middle and Graeme will hopefully fit the bill.
"Martyn Knight (Hyde) and Dave Parkinson (Alderley Edge) have both done well when they've played, but there's always a chance for someone new to come in and score runs."
And with Archer brought in to strengthen the batting, Parkinson makes way for Chris Jones, while Knight retains his place with Sri-Lankan right-handed batsman Jude Mahadanaarachchi unavailable because of work commitments.
"We've probably got to win all four of our remaining Championship matches if we are going to win the Western Division, and a second spinner is important on the last day of a match," added Hall.
"Chris is a good player and probably unlucky not to have played more last year. We've decided to pick the best two spinners in Cheshire."
Cheshire would have selected all-rounder Neil Cross, who is a useful addition to the side with his off-spinners.
But Cross, who was chosen to captain the Cheshire side on Sunday in Hall's absence, is himself unavailable until the final two three-day games of the season.
"I've got work commitments so it's difficult for me to play," said Cross. "I'm looking forward to playing the last two games."
Dave Pennett, the former Nottingham paceman, also returns to the Cheshire side having missed Sunday's cruel bowl-out defeat to Berkshire.
Pennett had commitments for his club side Harrogate, but will come back into the squad with Nafees Din, the Mobberley batsman, unavailable until Cheshire next play Wiltshire at Alderley Edge between 11-13 July.
Pennett has played alongside Archer for Nottingham and is looking forward to renewing aquaintances.
Cheshire team: Graeme Archer (no club); Jason Whittaker, Danny Leech, Danny Jones, Chris Jones (Oulton Park); Simon Renshaw (capt, Kibworth), Dave Pennett, Alexis Twigg (Harrogate); Ian Spencer (wicketkeeper, Widnes) Robin Fisher (Chester Boughton Hall); Martyn Knight (Hyde). 12th man: Mike Bolger (Bramhall). Scorer: Jack Hempstock.