Minor Counties Championship- Western Division- Cheshire v Wales Minor Counties – Match Recap

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Minor Counties Championship- Western Division- Cheshire v Wales Minor Counties – Match Recap
In Minor Counties Championship match, Cheshire thrashed Wales Minor Counties by an innings and 19 runs. The three day encounter which could only be stretched to two, was played at the Whitehouse Lane, Nantwich between July 24-25, 2011.
The hosts posted 405 in their first innings with the star being opener, The player scored a superb knock of 107 to lead from the front.
As for the visitors, they offered no resistant in the first innings, bundling out on a meagre 159.
They fared well in the second innings, courtesy a ton from Sam Davies, but again could only manage 227, to hand Cheshire a comfortable victory.
The hosts, after winning the toss, elected to bat first. All the top order, apart from contributed, with the innings best partnership came between, Goodwin and Lee Dixon.
Both played classy cricket, sharing 101 for the 3rd wicket before the opener was cleaned up by Aneurin Norman.
Dixon then went on to partner skipper,, in a 78 run stand for the 4th wicket.  However, Duffy fell 5 runs short of his half century, caught plumb in front to Jonathan Denning.
While Dixon went after playing a good knock of 73, this did not stop the flow of runs as hosts declared just after reaching the 400 mark.
For the Wales Minor Counties bowlers, they had to work hard for their wickets, with the pick being Michael O’ Shea with three wickets, followed by a brace each for Glover, Denning and Norman.
As the visitors came out for their first innings, they lost wickets at regular interval.  Only could reach the 30 figure mark, making 35 from 42 balls.
They were no meaningful partnership of sort, as Wales Minor crumbled under pressure and were all out for 159.
Cheshire bowlers were exceptional as all chipped in with wickets. Adam Sydall was the star, grabbing 4, followed by (2) and James Warrington (1).
Made to follow on, the start to Wales Minor innings was abysmal as openers, and Baker (batted at no 6 in the first innings), were victimized by some great piece of bowling by Logan.
The bowler cleaned through the defenses of Evans for 1, while trapping Baker, Leg Before the Wicket, who could only manage 5 this time out.
However, the disappointed visiting fans got to cherish a good knock by Simon Davies, who stepped up and stroked his way to an inspiring 108. Unlike other batters, he showed some real power hitting, striking the ball cleanly. He hit a mammoth 23 boundaries,
all around the park.
However, the other end saw wickets tumbling, with doing most of the damage as he claimed a five- wicket haul.
In the end, Wales Minor Counties stumbled to 227 all out, handing their opponents, an easy victory by an innings and 19 runs.



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