SPENDLOVE AND LOGAN STAR IN CHESHIRE WIN

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

Pictured: Cheshire batsman Ben Spendlove starred with an unbeaten 82 not out

CHESHIRE are just one win away from qualifying for this season's MCCA Knockout Trophy quarter-finals.

Andy Hall's side cruised to an impressive six-wicket victory at home to group leaders Staffordshire in their penultimate qualifying match at the weekend.

And with victory must now beat Cumberland - who have yet to win a match - in their last group match on Sunday, away at Netherfield Cricket Club (11am start), to make sure of their progress to the next stage.

Cheshire were done a welcome favour after Shropshire upset Northumberland with a surprise 45 runs victory to leave the group wide open with one more round of matches left to play.

And Hall knows that if his side can inflict a fourth successive defeat on Cumberland they are assured a place in the next stage.

Staffordshire face Shropshire in the only other match to be completed in Group 1, so Cheshire's fate is very much in their own hands.

The only way Cheshire would not qualify is if they lose or if their match is rained off.

"It's in our hands, we know we've got to win and we're confident going into the game," revealed Hall.

"I was really proud of the way the players bounced back from our defeat to Northumberland the other weekend, we needed a win to keep our hopes alive and we played very well."

Having lost the toss and been asked to field, Cheshire bowled well and restricted Staffordshire to 200 all out in 48.4 overs.

New signing Richard Logan did the bulk of the damage with a fine 5-34 return from 10 overs, while all-rounder Nathan Dumelow impressed with 2-22 from nine overs.

Liam Hughes top-scored with 70 for Staffs, while Greg Willott struck an unbeaten 41.

Logan now has ten wickets in three matches, while there were also important scalps for Adam Syddall - who recovered from a badly-bruised hand to play - and wickets for Rick Moore and Jonny Fawcett.

And in reply Cheshire wasted no time in chasing down the runs as they won with eight overs to spare.

Oulton Park batsman Ben Spendlove led the way with a brilliant unbeaten 83, while Hyde's hard-hitting left-hander James Duffy contributed 51.

Dumelow contributed 23 not out at the death as he and Spendlove saw Cheshire win with six wickets still in the shed.

Earlier Hyde all-rounder Daniel Berry missed out with a hand-injury, while Neston bowler James Hawley was also omitted from the 13-man squad.

This Sunday Cheshire will be without opening batsman Warren Goodwin who has exam commitments, with the country trying to get Lancashire 2nd XI player Chris Tipper to take his place.

Berry is definitely not available having thought to have broken a bone in his hand.

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

Cheshire welcome back Dawson and Berry

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

CHESHIRE have named a strong 13-man squad for Sunday's important Minor Counties Knockout Trophy clash with Staffordshire at Grappenhall CC, 11am start.

Last year's Championship finalists welcome back all-rounder Rick Moore after the youngster missed last Sunday's surprise defeat to Northumberland.

Moore, who plays for Oulton Park in the Cheshire County League, starred for Cheshire with 4-24 and an unbeaten 62 in their opening nine-wicket group victory at home to Shropshire.

Alderley Edge all-rounder Jason Whittaker is unavailable this weekend, but Bowdon opening bowler Adam Syddall has recovered from a badly-bruised hand to make sure he is available for selection.

Hyde all-rounder Daniel Berry, who has missed out so far with hamstring and hand injuries respectively, is also included in the squad having declared himself fit for action.

First-choice wicketkeeper Matt Dawson returns having missed last weekend because of a family christening and is expected to replace makeshift keeper James Duffy behind the stumps.

Cheshire 13-man squad team:
Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall)
Rick Moore (Oulton Park)
Andy Hall (Bramhall) - captain
Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park)
Louis Bentley (Oulton Park)
Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park) - vice captain
James Duffy (Hyde)
Jonny Fawcett (Didsbury)
Richard Logan (Chichester)
Adam Syddall (Bowdon)
James Hawley (Neston)
Matt Dawson (Bramhall) - wicketkeeper
Daniel Berry (Hyde)

Scorer: Jim Law