Oxfordshire v Cheshire - Day 2 Cheshire turnaround sparks exciting climax

Oxfordshire v Cheshire - Day 2 Cheshire turnaround sparks exciting climax

22 Aug 2023

Cheshire 170 & 247-4, Oxfordshire 233. Cheshire lead by 184 runs.


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A dramatic second day at Banbury saw Cheshire bounce back against Oxfordshire to lead by 184 runs going into the final day.

With the hosts well placed on 130-1 overnight and just 40 runs behind Cheshire's first innings total, quick wickets were of the essence and that's what happened.

Oxfordshire lost nine wickets for 103 runs with the Cheshire attack at full force after a flat first day.

Dylan Driscoll (98) became the second batsman - Joe Cooke the other - to fall just short of a hundred and Luke Hayes made 57.

With batting remaining tricky, the spinners dominated - Steve Green taking 4-77 and Dave Wainwright 3-31. With tails up, Cheshire looked a different side and with an Oxfordshire's lead of 63 - far less than looked likely - it was down to Cheshire to push on to set a target.

And they moved things on in style despite losing a comfortable looking Sam Perry early on for 13. Luke Young went for 25 to leave Cheshire on 50-2 but Henry Dobson (76) and Joe Cooke (86 not out) then took over to add 142 for the third wicket.

The score moved on rapidly but when Dobson and Wainwright went in quick succession, there was work to do to see things through to the close.

Alex Money (14) dug in well to support Cooke during a difficult last half hour and the pair will continue on the third morning as Cheshire look to push on to set a total.

Meantime, Devon took control over Herefordshire who are pushing Cheshire to stave off relegation. Having been deducted two points overnight and bonus points of the essence, Cheshire currently sit one point ahead going into the last day. 

And it promises to be an exciting day with Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Devon all potential champions while Devon, Cheshire or Herefordshire coule be relegated.

Play gets underway at Banbury from 11.00am. Watch this space...