RAIN STOPS PLAY, BUT CHESHIRE STILL FLY HIGH - Day 3
By Neil Goulding
The final day of Cheshire's Minor Counties Championship clash against Herefordshire was 
washed out at Eastnor Cricket Club yesterday.
It means that Cheshire, who gained 12 points from the draw, maintain their place in top spot 
going into their final game against Cornwall at Nantwich Cricket Club on August 17-19.
Second placed Berkshire's game against Oxfordshire also finished in a draw at Banbury 
after rain prevented any play on the third day, while it was the same situation at Bournemouth 
where Dorset were playing Cornwall.
Cheshire went into the game against lowly Herefordshire with a five point lead at the top, 
but team manager Sandy Scrimgeour was hopeful that the lead may have been extended 
by a couple of points.
"We are not sure what the situation is," he said last night (Tuesday). 
"We got maximum points and the others may not have done. It will be between five and seven points."
SCORE: Herefordshire 235 (Dumelow 4-65, Berry 3-49) and 26-0
Cheshire 328-8 (Spendlove 124, Duffy 68)
and 230-4 dec (Leech 65, Goodwin 57, Dumelow 53*, Spendlove 46)
Matc Abandoned as a Draw
Cheshire team: Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Danny Leech (Oulton Park), 
Oliver Sadler (Nantwich), Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), 
Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park, CPT), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Matt Dawson (Bramhall), 
Daniel Berry (Hyde), Tom Young (Hyde), Adam Syddall (Bowdon). 12th man: Ollie Law (Chester BH) 
Scorer: Janet Herbert
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DUMELOW HAS HOSTS IN A SPIN - Day 2
By Neil Goulding
Cheshire's stand-in captain Nathan Dumelow sparkled with both bat and ball to give his troops a great 
chance of a Minor Counties Championship win against Herefordshire.
The former Derbyshire off-spinner led the way with the ball in this crunch Western Division clash 
at Eastnor Cricket Club yesterday (MONDAY), claiming 4-65 from 23.1 overs to bowl the hosts out 
for 235 on the second day.
Herefordshire batsman Henry Langford hit 65 in reply to Cheshire's first innings score of 328-8.
Dumelow then sparkled with the bat to butcher an unbeaten 53 off just 26 balls, 
including six sixes and three fours, to fire his side to a second innings total of 230-4 declared 
from just 40 overs.
"He hit six sixes and a four off his last seven scoring shots," 
marvelled Cheshire's team manager Sandy Scrimgeour.
"He cleared the boundary by a long way, and it was a typical captain's innings in the circumstances."
Herefordshire, chasing 324 to win, closed day two on 26-0 after ten overs.
Dumelow picked up the wickets of Richard Hall, David Exall, Simon Roberts and Shafiq Ahmed, 
while Daniel Berry claimed 3-49 from 14 overs.
The spin twins could be crucial to table toppers Cheshire claiming the 24 points for a win today, 
with the last day pitch expected to take turn.
"It is going to be a good game of cricket," continued Scrimgeour. 
"The players looked at the wicket, with the declaration in mind, and think we have a good chance 
of manipulating a win."
Cheshire openers Warren Goodwin and Danny Leach shared 98 for the first wicket, 
with Goodwin notching 57 and Leech 65.
Ben Spendlove, who hit a brilliant ton on day one, also chipped in with 46 off 28 balls, 
including three sixes and two fours.
Rain is, however, forecast for today.
SCORE: Herefordshire (235 (Dumelow 4-65, Berry 3-49) and 26-0) 
need 298 more runs to beat Cheshire (328-8 (Spendlove 124, Duffy 68) and 230-4 dec (Leech 65, Goodwin 57, Dumelow 53*, Spendlove 46) 


SPENDLOVE TON KEEPS CHESHIRE ON TRACK - Day 1
By Neil Goulding
Former Derbyshire batsman Ben Spendlove gave Cheshire the perfect start to their 
Minor Counties Championship game against Herefordshire at Eastnor Cricket Club.
The 29 year-old Oulton Park right-hander amassed 124 to push the visitors up to 328-8, 
meaning they claimed the maximum four batting points from this Western Division clash.
Left-arm pace ace Adam Syddall and off-spinner Daniel Berry then claimed a wicket apiece 
before close to leave the basement battlers in strife at 26-2.
Hyde's James Duffy also chipped in with a half century, as he and Spendlove shared a crucial fourth 
wicket century stand to recover from the loss of three early wickets.
Stand-in captain Nathan Dumelow, deputising for Andrew Hall, won the toss and elected to bat. 
Hall had to pull out of the game late in the day on Friday due to work commitments.
"We certainly would have accepted that position at 11am," said Cheshire team manager 
Sandy Scrimgeour, who admitted that his side are not even bothering to look at what fellow 
title chasers Berkshire are doing. Cheshire went into this clash with a five point lead over Berkshire 
with two games to go, but Scrimgeour added: "We just keep doing what we have been doing all 
season. We just need to look after our own results.
"If we win our two remaining games, then we will win the league. It doesn't matter what anybody 
else does."
Syddall took a wicket in the first over of Herefordshire's innings, while Berry got one in the last over 
of a day that was interrupted by some late rain.
Cheshire team: Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Danny Leech (Oulton Park), Ollie Sadler, Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), 
Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park CPT), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Matt Dawson (Bramhall), Daniel Berry (Hyde), Tom Young (Hyde), Adam Syddall (Bowdon). 
12th man: Ollie Law (Chester Boughton Hall). Scorer: Janet Herbert
SCORE: Cheshire - 328-8 (Spendlove 124). Herefordshire 26-2 (Syddall and Berry one wicket each)
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GOODWIN BACK FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CHASERS CHESHIRE
By Neil Goulding
 
OPENER Warren Goodwin makes a welcome return to the Cheshire side gunning to win back-to-back 
Minor Counties Championship titles. The Chester Boughton Hall batsman played a key role in 
Cheshire's 2008 title triumph, but has been missing for the last two three-day county clashes.
But having last played in his county's impressive victory over Wales Minor Counties at Chester 
towards the end of June, Goodwin is back and looking to make an impression.
Cheshire face bottom of the table Herefordshire at Eastnor Cricket Club in their penultimate match 
of the season with a slender five point lead over fellow title-chasers Berkshire at the top of the table.
And team manager Sandy Scrimgeour knows a victory for his side would give them a welcome 
advantage going into the final game of the season.
"If we win our two games then we should win the division, but we're taking one match at a time," 
admitted Scrimgeour. "Hopefully the weather holds for us and we can get another win, 
it's an important match for us. "Herefordshire are bottom, but we can't afford to take them lightly. 
They'll be a useful side."
Oulton Park batsman Jonny Kettle, who has been starring the Cheshire A team this season, 
makes way for Goodwin at the top of the order. However, other than that Cheshire are unchanged 
from the side which grabbed a solid winning draw away to Devon in their last three-day Championship 
match. Cheshire's final Western Division match is at home to Cornwall, at Nantwich Cricket Club, 
on 17/18/19 August.
 
Cheshire selected team: Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Danny Leech (Oulton Park), 
Andy Hall (Bramhall, captain), Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), 
Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Matt Dawson (Bramhall), 
Daniel Berry (Hyde), Tom Young (Hyde), Adam Syddall (Bowdon). 
12th man: Ollie Law (Chester Boughton Hall). Scorer: Janet Herbert