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

Pictured: Cheshire batsman Warren Goodwin starred with a brilliant 140 from just 149 balls

CHESHIRE suffered disappointment yesterday (Sunday) as they lost out to Lincolnshire in the MCCA Knockout Trophy quarter-finals.

The 2007 Trophy finalists were beaten by four wickets at Grantham Cricket Club - and with defeat missed out on a semi-final showdown with Wiltshire.

Chester Boughton Hall batsman Warren Goodwin was Cheshire's star player with a brilliant 140.

But the right-hander's fine 149-ball innings wasn't enough as the hosts successfully chased down 286 for victory with 25 balls to spare.

An unbeaten 169 from Lincolnshire opener Daniel Birch laid the platform for success as Cheshire's title hopes were ended.

"It's disappointing to have been knocked out at the quarter-final stage, but we were probably 20-30 runs short of where we should have been," admitted Cheshire skipper Andy Hall.

"But on saying that we posted a good total and they batted well to chase down the runs.

"It was a good match. Warren batted brilliantly for us, but Daniel Birch played really well and won them the match.

"We have to concentrate on the Championship programme now and make sure we defend our Western Division title."

Louis Bentley (34) and Hall (23) contributed valuable late runs for Cheshire who, having been 204-3, lost their last seven wickets for just 81 runs having threatened to top the 300-mark at one stage.

And in reply Lincolnshire were wobbling at 63-3 and had work left to do at 193-5, but Birch's batting saw his county home.

The former Derbyshire and Kent 2nd XI hard-hitting left-hander smashed 6 sixes and 19 fours in his 147-ball knock having opened the batting.

Goodwin hit 3 sixes in his fine innings and 18 fours to make sure of his first century in the one-day competition.

Charlie Hopkins (4-59) and Brent Houston (3-50) were the pick of the Lincoln bowlers, while Nathan Dumelow finished a respectable 2-38 return from 10 accurate overs, many of which Birch struggled to get away against his former Derbyshire colleague.

All-rounder Richard Logan weighed in with a 2-49 return for Cheshire, but it was Lincs who deservedly progressed to the next stage.

Earlier in the day Cheshire opted for spinner Jonny Fawcett instead of seamer James Hawley, while Louis Bentley came in for the absent Daniel Berry.

All-rounder Rick Moore also returned to the side to bolster the batting and bowling departments.

- Meanwhile, Cheshire's first Championship home match of the season takes place from 20-22 June at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club.

Hall's men picked up 11 points in their opening match of the season after a rain-affected draw against Oxfordshire at Banbury Cricket Club earlier this month.


Cheshire 285 all out, 49.5 overs (Goodwin 140, Bentley 34, Hopkins 4-59, Houston 3-50)

Lincolnshire 286-6, 45.5 overs (Birch 169 not out, Dumelow 2-38, Logan 2-49)

Result: Lincolnshire won by four wickets

Cheshire team:

Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall)
Andy Hall (Bramhall) - captain
Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park)
Rick Moore (Oulton Park)
James Duffy (Hyde) - wicketkeeper
Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park) - vice captain
Matt Dawson (Bramhall) - wicketkeeper
Louis Bentley (Oulton Park)
Richard Logan (Chichester)
Adam Syddall (Bowdon)
Jonny Fawcett (Didsbury)
12th man: James Hawley (Neston)
Scorer: Jim Law


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

CHESHIRE will play Lincolnshire in the MCCA Knockout Trophy quarter-finals on Sunday 13th June (11.00am start).

The 50-over match is set to be played at Grantham Cricket Club.

Courageous winners over Cumberland in their last qualifying group match, Cheshire finished second overall in Group One, narrowly behind winners Shropshire who finished on the same points but ahead by virtue of a better run-rate.

Andy Hall's side won three and lost one of their four group matches to finish with six points, while Shropshire also finished with the same record to earn a home clash with 2007 Knockout Trophy winners Suffolk in the next stage.

Whatever happens now there is guaranteed to be a new winner of the trophy with Norfolk, last season's champions, and Staffordshire, last season's runners-up, having both been eliminated from the competition before the knockout stages.

For Cheshire, progress to the quarter-finals is understandably welcome having failed to hit the heights they want to achieve in the one-day game.

Hall's side have consistently impressed in the Championship - in fact they have won four Western Division titles in the last nine years, not to mention having won the Minor Counties title in 2007 and shared the crown in 2001 and 2005.

Cheshire last reached the Trophy final in 2007, but on that day at Lords they lost by 35 runs to a well-drilled Suffolk side.

"We've not really done much in the Knockout Trophy over the last few seasons," admitted Hall.

"But we've not been helped by the weather and a couple of below-par performances.

"However, the lads are really confident we can achieve something this year in the competition.

"It's all on the day, but we've shown plenty of character so far to get through to the quarter-finals - and we're looking to take that confidence into the next round.

"Lincolnshire will be a tough test for us, they've obviously done well to win their group. But it's about what we do, we've got to back ourselves like we usually do."

Lincolnshire finished top of Group Four with two wins and a loss, with one of their fixtures abandoned.

Devon - Trophy winners in 2008 - won Group Two with six points and Dorset, who last won the competition in 1988, won Group Three unbeaten with three victories and one match abandoned.

Cheshire are expected to name a squad for the match in the next week dependant on any injuries and availability of players.

The quarter final draw for 13th June is:

Lincolnshire v Cheshire
Dorset v Wiltshire
Shropshire v Suffolk
Devon v Hertfordshire