Record runs at Didsbury as Cheshire top group

Record runs at Didsbury as Cheshire top group

24 Jun 2024

NCCA KO Trophy Group 4: Cheshire 379-7 (50 overs), Wiltshire 250 (44.3 ovrs). Cheshire won by 129 runs  

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Cheshire  moved through to the knock out stages of the NCCA KO Trophy and a quarter final tie with Devon at Oxton next Sunday after a 129 run win over Wiltshire.

With Sam Perry and Rob Lord selected for Lancashire and Nottinghamshire action respectively, and Chris Sanders injured the day before, there was a return to the side for the Didsbury trio Rob Sehmi, Nick Anderson and Steve Green. A debut too for Northern's slow lefter armer, Dan Wilson. 

Sun-drenched Didsbury - not a phrase we've heard too much this summer - witnessed Cheshire's highest ever KO Trophy total as they amassed 379-7 from 50 overs.

A sciintillating 89 from 35 balls (eight 4s, eight 6s) took the innings to another level after the returning Sehmi had opened with 71. He and Alex Money (36) made an impressive start, adding 109 for the first wicket after Harry Dearden had won the toss and opted to bat.

30 from Henry Dobson kept things ticking over with Luke Young then demonstrating what a fine all-rounder he's becoming as he then weighed anchor, allowing the Carroll onslaught.

The Brooklands man dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground and beyond, much to the delight of a good sized crowd. The final total of 379-7 superceded Cheshire's previous highest total of 374 against Lincolnshire at Chester in 2018 scorecard

Fireworks too from Dearden (31), Anderson (23) and Andy Jackson (23) late on.

Pick of the Wiltshire bowlers on a difficult afternoon was Archie Fairfax-Ross with 3-80.

Wiltshire's chase got of to a poor start, slipping to 38-3, and with wickets falling regularly, a score of 99-8 looked a lost cause. 

Enter ex-Gloucestershire player Will Naish at number nine and although it continued to look a tall order, he plundered a spectacular 123 from 74 balls with twelve 4s and eight 6s to give Wiltshire a more than respecful 250.

In amongst all this, Green returned to the fold with 5-76 and Jackson took 3-34.

The win sets up a semi-final with Devon at Oxton next Sunday (30 June) and with Wiltshire not able to quite up their net run rate enough, Dorset took  runners-up spot and will travel to Berkshire.