Photograph: (Back l-r): Pete Babbage (Head of Cricket), Ali Chughtai, Matt Carter, Pat Ashling, Rob Lord, Luke Young, Sam Grant, Jim Law (Chair), (Front l-r): Andy Dufty, Nick Anderson (Captain), Harry Dearden, Steve Green, Sam Perry
With poor weather meaning Cheshire had played only one of their six scheduled T20 games, the trip to Cumbria for a doube header meant they could only finish in runners-up spot. Staffordshire led the group having completed their games and had better fortune with the weather while Northumberland and Cumbria were still able to overhaul the leaders.
Therefore to Cheshire's credit, Nick Anderson's side knuckled down to pull off two wins in two close and entertaining encounters that ebbed and flowed.
There was a sense of freedom about Cheshire's play, having effectively been cooped up for most of the preceeding month and a close knit squad excelled. Matt Carter was chief architect in the first game after Cheshire had won the toss and chosen to bat. His 63 included 5 sixes and 3 fours to boost a flagging total to a respectable 135-8. Freddie Fallows took a fine 4-10.
135 felt underpar however and after losing an early wicket, Sam Dutton (59) and Gary Pratt (30) looked in control until Pratt retired hurt hit on the forearm by a Dutton drive.
It was Luke Young (2-14) and Harry Dearden who turned the screws though as the reply faltered and Cheshire pulled a four run win out of the bag.
Second time around Cumbria batted first, posting 144-4, Dutton making 38 and Nantwich's Marcus Stables 41 not out.
At 51-3 with Dearden hitting 26, there was work to do for Cheshire and Sam Perry and skipper Anderson set about their task with relish. Perry made 52 and at 113-4, Anderson flexed his muscles with Alex Money (13*) in support and took the initiative. His unbeaten 50 included six 6s as Cheshire got home from the last ball of the game to win by six wickets.