By Neil Goulding (Cheshire CCC Media Officer, mobile 07813 859986)

Pictured in descending order: 
Cheshire vice captain James Duffy, Richard Wilkinson, & Adam Syddall  Photos courtesy of Derrick Hastings 
CHESHIRE have made the perfect start to their Minor Counties Championship Western Division title challenge.
Skipper Andy Hall and his ambitious side toasted an impressive 94 runs victory away to Herefordshire in their opening three-day 
match of the summer at Colwall Cricket Club.

Despite heavy rain having reduced the match to just two days, Hall and host captain Chris Boroughs were both keen for a result 
and agreed that both sides would bat a maximum of 55 overs each in their first innings to give a greater chance of a result.

It proved to be a brave decision from both captains, but ultimately a decision which worked out very well for the visitors.

Cheshire set Herefordshire 345 for victory in 64 overs midway through the third and final day, but despite a fine century from 
wicketkeeper Steve Adshead, the home county fell short as they were bowled out for 250.
"It's a very good start for us, we've done well to get a victory in two days," reflected Hall.
"We [me and Chris] agreed that we'd bat 55 overs in the first innings to see if could get a result. I'm glad the decision worked 
in our favour."

Herefordshire were on course for victory with former Gloucester keeper Adshead in full flow with attacking left-hander Brad Wadlan.
But Cheshire opening bowler Richard Logan prized out Wadlan for 51 and Adshead was dismissed for 109 after tea by James 

Cheshire wasted little time in picking up Herefordshire's three remaining wickets for just 28 runs to guarantee them 22 points for their efforts and second place behind Berkshire in the Western Division table.
"We've had a good start to the season, so hopefully we can kick on and get another win to keep us right up there," added Hall.
"It was a good match. They probably felt they were going to win it when Adshead and Wadlan were at the crease, they were going well at about seven runs an over.
"But once we got them both out the game we pulled the match back into our favour.
"It was a pleasing win because there were a lot of very good contributions, we played well as a team.
"As a bowling unit everyone bowled well and then there were some significant contributions with the bat when we needed them."

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Cheshire started brightly and posted a respectable 300-6 declared from 55 overs, the maximum amount of overs they could have 
batted as agreed before the toss.
Openers Warren Goodwin (62) and Jonny Kettle (47) shared in a healthy 96 run partnership before Kettle was out having hit eight fours and one six.
Goodwin followed with the score on 145, but number three batsman Richard Wilkinson head the innings together, top-scoring with a fine unbeaten 98 from 114 balls. 
Wilkinson's innings contained nine fours and four sixes.
Three wickets for just 12 runs left Cheshire wobbling at 158-5, but all-rounder Logan steadied the ship with a welcome 42, sharing in a sixth wicket partnership of 78 with 
Wilkinson then progressed from 54 not out, adding a further 44 runs in a 64 runs partnership with Danny Berry as the pair guided Cheshire to the 300-mark.
Wadlan was the pick of the Herefordshire bowlers with a 3-41 return from 12 overs.

In reply Herefordshire were struggling at 51-3, 99-5, 118-6 and 157-7, before an unbeaten 51 from number nine batsman Daniel Vernon helped them finish on 233-8 from 
their 55 overs, which gave Cheshire a lead of 67 runs.
"We probably should have got more than 300 in our first innings and had a bigger lead, but they clawed their way back into the match," admitted Hall.
"But then we batted really well in our second innings as well. James Duffy batted very well and scored quickly so we could set them a challenging total."

At 66-4 overnight at the end of the penultimate day Cheshire still had work to do and thanks to a maiden half-century from nightwatchman Adam Syddall, plus 
excellent batting from vice captain Duffy and Logan, the visitors were able to leave Herefordshire with a big run chase to win try and win the match.

Duffy top-scored with an eye-catching 86 from only 70 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes, while Logan finished unbeaten on 46 from just 37 balls, with five fours and three sixes.
The duo's quick-scoring allowed Cheshire to declare on 277-7 from 57 overs, which gave Hall's men plenty of time to bowl out the hosts second time around.
Left-arm spinner Vernon was Herefordshire's best bowler with 4-51 from nine overs, while opening bowler Luke Sellers impressed with 3-45 from 16 overs.
Herefordshire slipped to 34-3, but Adshead and Wadlan put on 117 for fourth wicket before Wadlan was caught by Hall off Logan.
A couple more wickets fell to leave Herefordshire struggling at 193-6, but it was the crucial wicket of Adshead - out for 109 from 114 balls - which saw Cheshire push on for a deserved victory.
Logan and Warrington both claim three wickets each, while Syddall and Wilkinson picked up two scalps.
In all Logan finished with impressive match figures of 5-137 from 30 overs with 88 runs, while Warrington also took five wickets in the match, returning excellent figures if 5-104 from 19.5 overs.
Syddall and Wilkinson both finished with four wickets each from two days of solid work.
Next up for Cheshire is a three-day Championship home clash with Cornwall at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club, 26-28 June.
Scorecard (3-day match) - Minor Counties Championship Western Division @ Colwall Cricket Club
*reduced to two days because of no play on opening day because of rain.
*Cheshire won the toss and batted first
Cheshire 1st innings: 300-6 dec, 55 overs (Wilkinson 98 not out, Goodwin 62, Kettle 47, Logan 42, Wadlan 3-41)
Herefordshire 1st innings: 233-8 dec, 55 overs (Vernon 51 not out)
Cheshire 2nd innings: 277-7 dec, 57 overs (Duffy 86, Syddall 50, Logan 46 not out, Vernon 4-51, Sellers 3-45)
Herefordshire 2nd innings: 250 all out, 42.5 overs (Adshead 109, Wadlan 51, Warrington 3-47, Logan 3-67)
Result: Cheshire won by 94 runs. Cheshire 22 points, Herefordshire 4pts.
Cheshire's team v Herefordshire: 
Andy Hall (captain, Marple)
Jonny Kettle (wicketkeeper, Nantwich)
Lee Dixon (Oxton)
James Duffy (Hyde)
Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall)
Richard Logan (Chichester)
Danny Berry (Hyde)
Adam Syddall (Urmston)
Jimmy Warrington (Nantwich)
Richard Wilkinson (Barnt Green)
Danny Woods (York)
12th man: Ross Dixon (Oxton)
Scorer: Janet Herbert
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by Neil Goulding (edited and adapted from Neil's Shropshire Report)

After the disppontment of failing to qualify for the MCCA Trophy Quarter Finals Cheshire captain Andy Hall and his Cheshire side will be focusing their attentions 
on success in the Western Division of the MCCA Championship.
Cheshire face Herefordshire, away at Colwall Cricket Club, from 12-14 June in their first three-day outing of the season. And the skipper realises the importance of 
trying to get off to a winning start.

"We're all looking forward to getting the Championship season underway," said Hall.
"We've done well in this competition for quite a while now, so we want to give another good account of ourselves.
"It's a difficult competition because you can't afford to lose many games, otherwise you're out of the running early on.
"But we've got a strong team for our match against Herefordshire, hopefully we can get off to a winning start."
Cheshire's team v Herefordshire: 
Andy Hall (captain, Marple)
Jonny Kettle (wicketkeeper, Nantwich)
Lee Dixon (Oxton)
James Duffy (Hyde)
Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall)
Richard Logan (Chichester)
Danny Berry (Hyde)
Adam Syddall (Urmston)
Jimmy Warrington (Nantwich)
Richard Wilkinson (Barnt Green)
Danny Woods (York)
12th man: Ross Dixon (Oxton)
Scorer: Janet Herbert