Cheshire charge to semi finals

Cheshire charge to semi finals

30 Jun 2024

Cheshire 303 (46.3 overs), Devon 193 (36.2 overs). Cheshire won by 110 runs

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Harry Dearden's Cheshire side set up a KO Trophy semi-final with Berkshire after a convincing win over Devon at Oxton. 

With Sam Perry back in the fold and a debut for Alderley Edge's George Valentine, the Group 4 champions won the toss and again chose to bat. An impressive innings looked set to surpass 350 at one stage but Devon pegged things back as the hosts were dismissed for 303. 

Rob Sehmi (60) and Perry (27) built a firm foundation before Alex Money struck a fine 85 with 11 fours and two sixes. Henry Dobson - an Oxton centurion 24 hours earlier - hit 57 and at 230-4 with 16 overs remaining, a challenging total threatened.

Devon though fought back as Ben Privett took 4-53 and Callum Haggett 3-36 - Nick Anderson providing some late order defiance with a quick-fire 30.

Many felt the final total 30-40 under par in the wide open spaces of Oxton but Cheshire went on the attack from the off, reducing Devon to 15-2. Runs were at a premium as Dearden's bowlers turned the screw and the signs were ominous for the visitors at 84-5. 

Sam Read however had other ideas and stepped up a gear, and with memories of Wiltshire's fine last wicket fight-back fresh in their minds, Cheshire went flat - still in the driving seat but having to re-think.

Once Read was finally dismissed for 65 (12 boundaries), the hosts cantered home, one memorable dismissal being Steve Green's dismissal of Lawrence Walker, bowling a beauty, pitching on leg and middle and striking the top of off stump.

Green was the pick of the Cheshire bowlers with 3-55 as Devon fell for 193 to leave Cheshire with a home semi-final next month.