Cheshire v Northumberland CCC MCCA Knockout

At Cheadle Hulme CC on Sunday 16 June 2002

Cheshire won toss Ches won by 21 runs

Cheshire

Northumberland

  A.G.Hall (Capt)

c Graham b  Pollard

83

W.Ritzema

lbw Fisher

51

  D.N.Leech

b .Hewison

22

A.T.Heather

b Pennett

64

  Nafees Din

c Nicholson b  Pollard

70

C.J.Hewison

c Hall b Whittaker

26

  R.G.Hignett

c Chapman b  Rutherford

27

S.Chapman

b Pennett

1

  M.D.Bolger

c Heather b  Crozier

0

J.A.Graham

c Ogilby b Eaton

6

  S.Ogilby (W/K)

b Pollard

10

B.Harmison

b Cutbill

0

  J.P.Whittaker

c Nicholson b  Rutherford

5

I.H.Shah

c Din b Cutbill

26

  S.M.Eaton

c Shah b Rutherford

12

P.J.Nicholson(Cpt & Wk)

lbw   Whittaker

6

  D.V.Pennett

Not Out

1

D.J.Rutherford

b   Cutbill

1

  B.J.Cutbill

D.N.B

 

L.J.Crozier

Run Out(Ogilby)

14

  R.W.Fisher

D.N.B

 

M.L.Pollard

Not Out

14

 

Extras

25

 

Extras

25

 

Total (8 wkts)

255

 

Total (all out)

234

 

Northumberland Bowling

Cheshire Bowling

 

O

M

R

W

 

O

M

R

W

M.L.Pollard

10

 

52

3

D.B.Pennett

9.4

1

44

2

D.J.Rutherford

10

 

37

3

J.P.Whittaker

9

 

48

2

C.J.Hewison

8

 

44

1

B.J.Cutbill

10

 

48

3

B.Harmison

4

 

18

 

S.M.Eaton

10

 

62

1

S.Chapman

8

 

59

 

R.W.Fisher

10

2

25

1

L.J.Crozier

10

1

41

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHESHIRE got their Minor Counties Championship campaign off to a flying start with a thrilling victory against Dorset at Oxton.

Having edged 62 runs ahead after the first innings, Andy Hall's team were forced to battle hard to restrict their opponents as they raced to 313-6 declared in their second time at the crease.

But even set a daunting total of 252 to win from 44 overs didn't trouble Hall's men, who produced the type of form which they will be hoping can guide them to the Western Division title this season.

And it was the skipper who led from the front with an inspired innings of 78, sharing an opening partnership of 140 with Oulton Park's Danny Leech, as the pair set the platform for success.

It was then left to an amazing knock from all-rounder Simon Renshaw at the death to ease Cheshire across the winning line with eight balls to spare.

The Kibworth big-hitter crashed a superb unbeaten 43 from just 26 balls, which included three sixes and a four in one over.

Hyde's Martyn Knight also played another pivotal role, scoring a quickfire 23 not out for the home team to add to his well-crafted 45 in the first innings, as Cheshire made sure they turned the tables on the visitors.

"It was great to start the season with a win," said Hall. "What really pleased me was that everyone performed - it was a solid team performance. It would have been nice to have restricted Dorset to a lower score in their second innings, but that was the only point of the match where could have improved.

"After that we batted well and there were some important innings. We had 17 overs to bat until tea and we said that we would assess the situation from then. Luckily me and Leechy managed to stay in and set a platform for us to build on.

"Then it was left to Simon [Renshaw] to play an important innings to win us the game at the end. He's a big-hitter of the ball and we needed a big over at the end to make sure we won the game. We batted well to keep up with the run-rate and I'm delighted for all the boys because we battled hard."

Indeed, having taken six wickets for just 17 runs to limit Dorset in the first innings and then to have take a welcome lead thanks to a brilliant 126 from Nafees Din, Cheshire had gained the early initiative.

But to their credit, Dorset hit back and having been 136-2 at the end of the second day's play thanks to an unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership of 113, Cheshire's opponents had the upper hand.

However, even chasing nearly six an over Hall's men stuck to their task admirably and shocked Dorset with a disciplined display of batting.

And Hall, who paid special tribute to some of his younger players, is now hoping Cheshire can take their winning form into the M.C.C.A Knockout Cup against Northumberland at Cheadle Hulme next Wednesday.

"It's a different competition, but we fancy our chances," added Hall. "You can see the path to the final after a few wins and this win should give us confidence to get a run together."

Despite victory Cheshire will make changes to their team for the Northumberland clash. Chester Boughton Hall wicketkeeper Steve Ogilby will replace Mike Bentham behind the stumps after recovering from a hand-injury, while experienced all-rounder Paul Bryson may come back into the fold, as might Bootle spinner Robin Fisher.

Another success story to come from the game was first innings centurion Nafees Din receiving the call up to play for the England Amateur ECB squad, who are playing Wales at Herefordshire today.

Minor Counties Championship - Western Division (3-day game)

Dorset 1st innings: 196 all out (M Miller 66, Simon Renshaw 3-24, David Pennett 3-39, Jason Whittaker 1-35)

Cheshire 1st innings: 258 (N Din 126, M Knight 45)

Dorset 2nd innings: 313-6 declared

Cheshire 1st innings: 255-4 (A Hall 78, D Leech 73, S Renshaw 43 not out, M Knight 23 not out)

CHESHIRE WON BY SIX WICKETS

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