TIPPER STARS FOR CHESHIRE BUT FORMER CHAMPS HELD TO DRAW

Scorecard from Nantwich


By Neil Goulding (Cheshire Press Officer, 07813 859986)

CHRIS Tipper (left) was Cheshire's star performer but even his heroics couldn't prevent the county from being frustrated by a draw at home Herefordshire.

The Hyde batsman starred with a majestic 219 off 221 balls in Cheshire's first innings, before returning to notch 50 off 48 balls in the second innings.

Not bad going by the 19-year-old who was playing only his second Minor Counties Championship match.

An impressive total of 269 match runs added to the 84 he scored for Cheshire on his debut against Berkshire last month.

Tipper's double ton was the highest score by a Cheshire batsman in the Minor Counties Championship.

And it led Cheshire skipper Andy Hall to praise: "It was a great knock from Chris, he really is an exciting talent.

"It can be hard to make the jump in standard to Minor Counties level, but Chris has had a great start and looking totally at ease.

"He showed just how good a player is by making runs in the second innings as well, let's hope he continues this form."

Tipper also shared in a record eighth wicket partnership of 153 with wicketkeeper Matt Dawson, the highest by any side against Herefordshire in the three-day competition.

In four innings the talented teenager, an avid Manchester United fan who has played for Lancashire 2nd XI and fielded as a substitute for the county's first team, has scored 374 runs at an average of 93.5.

Cheshire team manager Sandy Scrimgeour added: "We've got a lot of strength in depth to our side, but unfortunately there's nothing you can do for the weather.

"You can't legislate for raining, it scuppers any chance you have winning a three day match, especially because you've got have four innings."

Having led the Western Division table after two matches, Cheshire have now slipped to third in the standings, eight points adrift of leaders Cornwall (56pts) and five points behind second-placed Dorset (53pts).

Cheshire have 48 points after one victory and two draws, with 12 points coming from the draw against Herefordshire.

And at the halfway stage in the season Cheshire now have to play Dorset, Wales and Shropshire in their remaining fixtures as they continue their quest for their first Minor Counties title for two years.

Other star performers for Cheshire against Herefordshire were Bramhall's stumpsman Dawson who hit an unbeaten 61 in Cheshire 1st innings' total of 454-9 declared, another fine knock following on from his 73 against Berkshire.

Oulton Park's Ben Spendlove, who scored match runs against Berkshire, weighed in with a valuable 71 not out as Cheshire took a stranglehold of proceedings after two days play.

In reply to Cheshire's challenging first innings score, the visitors were bowled out for 327 in 78 overs, 127 runs short.

Hyde off-spinner Dan Berry (4-53) and Oulton Park all-rounder Nathan Dumelow (4-94) the pick of Cheshire's bowlers.

And then Cheshire moved to 201-5 overnight from 71 overs to give themselves a commanding 328 runs lead going into the third and final day.

But heavy rain meant that no play was possible and Cheshire were unable to add quick runs and then push for victory.

Next up for Cheshire is a home clash with Dorset at Alderley Edge Cricket Club on 26-28 July.
Final scorecard:

Cheshire 1st innings: 454-9 dec, 89.5 overs (C Tipper 219, M Dawson 61*, F Shahid 3-116)

FOW: 53, 104, 104, 148, 211, 276, 290, 443, 454

Herefordshire 1st innings: 327 all out, 78 overs (C Boroughs 65, D Berry 4-53, N Dumelow 4-94)

FOW: 29, 94, 118, 210, 210, 214, 219, 233, 295, 327

Cheshire 2nd innings (overnight): 201-5, 71 overs (B Spendlove 71*, C Tipper 50, J Shackleton 2-28)

FOW: 18, 41, 118, 130, 163

No play on Tuesday, final day because of heavy rain

Result: Match drawn, both sides get 12 points each
Cheshire team: Chris Tipper (Hyde), Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Andy Hall (Bramhall, captain), Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Matthew Dawson (Bramhall, wicketkeeper), Daniel Berry (Hyde), Adam Syddall (Bowdon), Rick Moore (Oulton Park). Scorer: Jim Law

Herefordshire team: Hardshad Patel (Himley), Ben Stebbings (Brockhampton), Dan Bassett (Himley), Chris Boroughs (Brockhampton, captain), Richard Hall (Dorridge), David Exall (Bridgenorth), Faisal Shahid (Smethwick), Chris Powell (Brockhampton), Charlie Griffiths (Colwall), James Shackleton (Frocester),m Stuart Wedge (Himley). 12th man: Tom Austwick (Brockhampton). Scorer: Jim Morris


CHESHIRE FRUSTRATED BY RAIN ON DAY 3 TUESDAY - NO PLAY - MATCH DRAWN

Cheshire’s hopes of a Minor Counties Championship victory over Herefordshire at Nantwich were dashed by the weather yesterday.

With the hosts well on top going into the third and final day, rain forced the abandonment of the day around lunch time.

Cheshire led by 324 runs with five second innings wickets in hand, but both sides had to settle for 12 points each.

It was a match that saw Lancashire second team player, the 19 year-old batsman Chris Tipper (pictured left) from Hyde, plunder a record 219 off 221 balls in the first innings. It was the highest score by a Cheshire player in the history of the competition.

Cheshire host Dorset in the Championship on July 26 at Alderley Edge.

 

DAY 2 REPORT

Cheshire are in the box seat going into the third and final day of their Minor Counties Championship match against Herefordshire at Nantwich.

Andrew Hall’s side have gained a lead of 328 with five second innings wickets in hand.

Cheshire, who posted 454-9 declared, bowled the visitors out for 327 in their first innings thanks to 4-53 and 4-94 from spin pair Dan Berry and Nathan Dumelow.

Hereford were, however, boosted by some late resistance from James Shackleton (26), Charlie Griffiths and No.10 Stuart Wedge.

The trio helped share 96 for the last two wickets, with Wedge hitting seven fours and two sixes in a lusty 50-ball unbeaten 53.

Former Derbyshire pair Ben Spendlove and Nathan Dumelow will resume their unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 38 for Cheshire this morning.

Spendlove resumes on 71 not out after cracking eleven boundaries yesterday, while Dumelow reached 29. Cheshire are 201-5 in their second innings.

Chris Tipper, fresh from a majestic first innings 219 off 221 balls, starred again with the bat yesterday by notching 50 off 48 balls. The 19 year-old shared 77 for the third wicket with Spendlove.

It seems likely that Cheshire will bat on this morning, but for how long remains to be seen -maybe half an hour, maybe an hour.

Cheshire first innings: 454-9 declared, 89.5 overs (Tipper 219, Dawson 61*, Shahid 3-116)

FOW: 53, 104, 104, 148, 211, 276, 290, 443, 454

Herefordshire first innings: 327 all out, 78 overs (Boroughs 65, Berry 4-53, Dumelow 4-94)

FOW: 29, 94, 118, 210, 210, 214, 219, 233, 295, 327

Cheshire second innings (ongoing): 201-5, 71 overs (Spendlove 71*, Tipper 50, Shackleton 2-28)

FOW: 18, 41, 118, 130, 163

DAY 1 REPORT

Chris Tipper hit a record double century yesterday to put Cheshire in the box seat after the opening day of their Minor Counties Championship match against Herefordshire at Nantwich.

The 19 year-old, playing just his second game of minor counties cricket after scoring 82 against Berkshire last month, smashed 219 to fire the hosts to a mammoth total of 454-9 declared.

The visitors, having been invited to field first by Cheshire captain Andrew Hall, then had to negotiate a tricky 17-over period, and reached 63-1 in their reply at stumps.

Tipper is a highly rated second team player at Lancashire, and has already sub-fielded for the Red Rose in the County Championship this summer.

His double ton was the highest score by a Cheshire batsman in the Minor Counties Championship.

Tipper and opener Warren Goodwin shared a second wicket stand of 53 before Hereford’s debutant pace bowler Faisal Shahid nipped in with two quick wickets before lunch.

Shahid, the pick of the visiting attack throughout the day, had claimed all three wickets to reduce the hosts to 111-3 at the interval.

Cheshire scored a mammoth 197 runs in the afternoon session, with Tipper, an avid Manchester United fan, reaching his maiden ton off 128 balls.

He and wicketkeeper Matt Dawson shared a record eighth wicket partnership of 153, the highest by any side against Hereford in this competition.

Tipper finally holed out to long leg off the bowling of James Shackleton in the 89th over of the day.

Hereford lost opener Ben Stebbings for 16 before close.

WHITTAKER BACK FOR HEREFORDSHIRE CLASH AT NANTWICH

Pictured Alderley Edge all-rounder Jason Whittaker is recalled to the Cheshire side.

By Neil Goulding (Cheshire Press Officer, 07813 859986)

CHESHIRE have made one change to their side ahead of their next Minor Counties Cricket Association (MCCA) Championship clash with Herefordshire (5-7 July).

Alderley Edge all-rounder Jason Whittaker returns to the team in place of Neston all-rounder Chris Finegan as Cheshire look to increase their lead at the top of the Western Division with victory at Nantwich Cricket Club.

Top of the Western Division by three points after a fine win away to Berkshire, it's little surprise Cheshire skipper Andy Hall would love his side to claim back-to-back victories as they continue their charge for their first title since 2007.

"Beating Berkshire was a great result for us, but we know we can't rest on that win. We've got to push on and try and pull away at the top of the division," said Hall.

"Herefordshire are a good side and we'll have to play well to beat them, but we're confident because we've come off the back of a good team performance against Berkshire."

And Hall is delighted all-rounder Whittaker is back in the side, a proven competitor at Minor Counties level.

"Jason's a really good player, he can win you a match with bat or ball, so it's good he's available," added Hall.

"We've had a draw and a win so far this season and I've said before that you can't really afford any defeats, so will we have to be on our game against Herefordshire.

"They will want to beat us, but if we perform to our ability we'll fancy our chances of getting a win. It should be a good match."

Regular opening batsman Danny Leech, who plays for Oulton Park, has failed to gain his place back having missed the last two matches due to work commitments.

And that has left the door open for fellow Oulton Park all-rounder Rick Moore to come in and secure a place.

Moore scored two half centuries in the recent Berkshire win and impressed with the ball as well taking four wickets in the match.

There's also a place for Hyde's Chris Tipper who impressed on his county debut with a fine innings of 81 in that Berkshire victory, achieved with only three balls to spare.

Meanwhile, Herefordshire have made a number of changes to their side which lost to Cornwall in their last Western Division outing.

Bridgenorth batsman David Exall keeps his place having scored 144 runs without being dismissed in that match, but Henry Langford is replaced by Dorridge's Richard Hall.

Will Rudge is unavailable and has been replaced by Frocester debutant James Shackleton, while Smethwick's Faisal Shahid returns to the team after injury.

Cheshire team: Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Rick Moore (Oulton Park), Chris Tipper (Hyde), Andy Hall (Bramhall, captain), Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park), Matthew Dawson (Bramhall, wicketkeeper), Daniel Berry (Hyde), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Adam Syddall (Bowdon), . Scorer: Jim Law

Herefordshire team: Hardshad Patel (Himley), Ben Stebbings (Brockhampton), Dan Bassett (Himley), Chris Boroughs (Brockhampton, captain), Richard Hall (Dorridge), David Exall (Bridgnorth), Faisal Shahid (Smethwick), Chris Powell (Brockhampton), Charlie Griffiths (Colwall), James Shackleton (Frocester),Stuart Wedge (Himley). 12th man: Tom Austwick (Brockhampton). Scorer: Jim Morris

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