CHESHIRE CRUISE TO IMPRESSIVE VICTORY OVER WILTSHIRE
By Neil Goulding (Cheshire CCC Media Officer, mobile 07813 859986)

Pictured (centre): Richard Logan celebrates one of his four wickets as Cheshire toasted a fine win against Wiltshire
Photos courtesy of Barry Mitchell

CHESHIRE cruised to an impressive eight-wicket win over Wiltshire at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club today (Tuesday) on the final day of their three-day MCCA Championship clash.

The hosts left themselves needing just 114 to win on the final day having dismissed their opponents for 266 in their second innings.

And with a substantial 67 overs to reach their target, only a batting collapse could have prevented the defending Western Division champions an assured victory.

Cheshire lost two wickets, but powered to 24 points and maintained their impressive unbeaten start to the season.

No wonder stand-in skipper Nathan Dumelow was pleased with Cheshire's success, especially as it was achieved with plenty of time to spare.

"It's a great win for the boys, we're all really happy with the way things came together," beamed Dumelow.

"We knew we needed to get some early wickets on the final day - and that's what we did.

"I thought the guys bowled really well as a unit. It was nice to leave ourselves needing a low score for victory on the final day, I had no doubts we would get the runs."

Openers Warren Goodwin (24) and Matt Dawson (28) both perished in the second innings, but from 56-2 Duffy and Spendlove steered Cheshire safely to victory.

Earlier, having resumed on 208-5, Wiltshire lost their last five wickets for 58 runs as Cheshire left themselves with just 114 for victory from a minimum of 67 overs.

Pictured (left): Cheshire spinner Jonny Fawcett who finished with six wickets in the match

Richard Logan, Cheshire's first innings centurion, starred with a 4-64 return from 23 overs, while fellow seamer James Hawley finished with commendable figures of 2-53 from 21 accurate overs.

Spinners Dumelow (2-63 from 24 overs) and Jonny Fawcett (2-55 from 28 overs) were also in the wickets as Wiltshire struggled to test Cheshire on the final day's play.

"I thought we were the better side for the three days," added Dumelow. "The weather frustrated us against Oxfordshire at Banbury the other week, so we were determined to make up for some lost ground and get a good win under our belts.

"Richard Logan had a great match for us with bat and ball, but as a team I think everyone contributed. It was a very pleasing performance.

"Hopefully we can take this form into our next game Dorset and get another win."

- Cheshire's next three day MCCA Championship match is away to Dorset, at Dean Park, from 4-6 July.

Scorecard

Wiltshire 251 all out, 75 overs (Levitt 97, Breet 54, Fawcett 4-35, Dumelow 4-81)

Cheshire 404-7, 90 overs (Logan 139 not out, Dawson 53, Dixon 45, Berry 44, Spendlove 33)

Wiltshire 266 all out, 82 overs (Levitt 75, Walker 63, Langford 56, Logan 4-64, Fawcett 2-55, Hawley 2-53, Dumelow 2-63)

Cheshire 117-2, 27.4 overs (Goodwin 24, Dawson 28, Duffy 41 not out, Spendlove 24 not out)

Result: Cheshire won by eight wickets

Final points: Cheshire 24pts, Wiltshire 5pts

CENTURION LOGAN GIVES CHESHIRE UPPER HAND

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

Pictured: New signing Richard Logan impressed with his maiden century for Cheshire

NEW signing Richard Logan smashed a brilliant unbeaten century to put Cheshire in the driving seat after the second day of their latest Western Division clash with Wiltshire at Chester Boughton Hall.

The all-rounder weighed in with a fine 139 not out from just 99 balls as the hosts took a commanding 153 runs lead on the penultimate day.

Having dismissed Wiltshire for 251 in their first innings and resumed on 125-3 overnight, Logan led the charge with wicketkeeper Matt Dawson (53), Lee Dixon (45), Dan Berry (44) and Ben Spendlove (33) also amongst the runs as Cheshire finished on an imposing 404-7 from their allotted 90 overs.

And in reply Wiltshire lost five second innings wickets as they closed the day on 208-5, just 55 runs ahead.

Logan also impressed with the ball with a 2-47 return from 15 overs, while Neston seamer James Hawley (2-45 from 17 overs) and off-spinner Nathan Dumelow (1-50 from 16 overs) were also in the wickets.

But it was Logan's sparkling form with the bat which left Cheshire looking to snap up five quick wickets on the final day to help them force victory.

Logan's quickfire innings included 6 sixes and 16 fours, having shared in an important seventh wicket partnership of 125 with Berry and then an eighth wicket partnership of 74 with Hawley.

"We're in a strong position, but there's still a lot of hard work left to do," reflected stand-in Cheshire skipper Dumelow. "Richard's innings was just what we needed to get a healthy first innings lead.

"He batted really well and that gave us the chance to then put pressure on the Wiltshire in the field. We managed to do that and got five good wickets.

"Hopefully we can get a few early wickets on the last day and give ourselves a small total to chase down.

"I really think we've played well as a team, everyone has contributed and we'll be pushing hard for the win on the last day."

Jaden Levitt, who scored 97 in Wiltshire's first innings, was in the runs again with 75 in the second, while Ben Walker impressed with 63.

The pair shared a second wicket partnership of 92, but the visitors have it all to do on the final day's play.

Scorecard (after Day 2)

Wiltshire 251 all out, 75 overs (Levitt 97, Breet 54, Fawcett 4-35, Dumelow 4-81)

Cheshire 404-7, 90 overs (Logan 139 not out, Dawson 53, Dixon 45, Berry 44, Spendlove 33)

Wiltshire 208-5, 55 overs (Levitt 75, Walker 63, Hawley 2-45, Logan 2-

Points so far: Cheshire 8pts, Wiltshire 5pts

SPIN TWINS SPARKLE FOR CHESHIRE AGAINST WILTSHIRE

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

Pictured: Didsbury spinner Jonny Fawcett impressed with four wickets for Cheshire against Wiltshire

SPINNERS Jonny Fawcett and Nathan Dumelow starred for Cheshire as they made a bright start against Wiltshire in their MCCA three-day Championship clash at Chester Boughton Hall.

Left-arm slow bowler Fawcett, who plays for Didsbury, impressed with fine figures of 4-35 from 23 overs, while Oulton Park all-rounder Dumelow - stand-in skipper for this match in the absence of the ill Andy Hall - also impressed with a 4-81 return from 20 overs.

Wiltshire were dismissed for 251 having looked solid ay 172-3 and 194-4. But the visitors lost their last seven wickets for just 57 runs and their last eight for just 79 runs as Cheshire took control.

 

The only downside to an otherwise excellent bowling display was a bad shoulder injury to opening bowler Adam Syddall. The Bowdon seamer fell awkwardly while fielding and was taken to hospital as a precaution. He is now a major doubt to play any further part in the match.

Chester Boughton Hall youngster Ollie Law took Syddall's place in the field as the county's 12th man, with Syddall waiting for today to see whether his injury has improved.

However, Syddall's injury didn't stop Cheshire from digging deep with the willow and after the loss of two earlier wickets - Warren Goodwin and James Duffy were both dismissed cheaply - the host county reached 125-3 from 45 overs at stumps.

Today Cheshire have a further 45 overs to see if they can better Wiltshire's score and build a commanding first innings lead.

Bramhall wicketkeeper Matt Dawson impressed with an unbeaten 52 in a unfamiliar role of opening batsman, while Oulton Park batsman Ben Spendlove was the third wicket to fall having made a useful 33.

Dawson and Spendlove shared in a third wicket partnership of 80, before Dawson and Oxton batsman Lee Dixon (10 not out) saw Cheshire safely to the close.

Earlier in the day Cheshire were forced to make a series of changes to their team. Skipper Hall was unwell and Dumelow stood in as temporary captain, while Oulton Park batsman Louis Bentley was unavailable and Hyde all-rounder Danny Berry was given the chance.

There was also a chance for Neston seamer James Hawley to play with Oulton Park's Rick Moore absent.

Both Dumelow and Fawcett impressed with the ball to halt Wiltshire from pushing on towards the 300-mark.

Jaden Levitt (97) and Josef Breet (54) were the pick of the Wiltshire batsmen as they shared a third wicket stand of 110, finally broken by Syddall before he got injured.

"I thought we battled back really well," reflected Dumelow. "Wiltshire were going quite well at 172-3, but there was a bit of spin for me and Jonny and we just kept plugging away.

"It's good to bowl any side out for under 300, we feel as though we've got a good chance now of kicking on and getting a first innings lead to put some pressure on them.

"I'm not sure whether Adam Syddall will bat for us or play any further part, we'll have to see how his injury is on the second day."

Scorecard (Day 1)

Wiltshire 251 all out, 75 overs (Levitt 97, Breet 54, Fawcett 4-35, Dumelow 4-81)

Cheshire 125-3, 45 overs (Dawson 52 not out)

Points so far: Cheshire 4pts, Wiltshire 3pts

 

Cheshire team:

Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall)
Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park)
Lee Dixon (Oxton)
James Duffy (Hyde) - wicketkeeper
Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park) - captain
Matt Dawson (Bramhall) - wicketkeeper
Dan Berry (Hyde)
Richard Logan (Chichester)
Adam Syddall (Bowdon)
Jonny Fawcett (Didsbury)
James Hawley (Neston)

12th man: Ollie Law (Chester Boughton Hall)

Scorer: Janet Herbert

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