Match reportHonours were even after Staffordshire both won one game in the Unicorns Minor Counties T20 competition before a large crowd at Knypersley Cricket Club on Bank Holiday Monday.
Despite having five cry offs from their original 13 man squad due to unavailability and injury, Staffordshire’s relatively inexperienced team struck the first blow winning the first match by six wickets with two overs to spare after restricting Cheshire to 141/8 from their 20 overs after they had elected to bat first.
Cheshire’s opening pair of Wayne White and Will Evans shared a bright opening partnership of 56 before Evans departed for 21. White went on to complete his half century and Ed Fluck added 27 as the Cheshire innings faltered in the latter stages as Dan Richardson with 3 for 11 and Tim Maxfield 2 for 23 helped to peg the visitors back.
An opening partnership of 76 between home skipper Kadeer Ali and Peter Wilshaw helped Staffs make a positive start to their successful run chase. Ali struck three boundaries and hit two sixes in his 36 while Wilshaw cleared the ropes once and struck five boundaries in scoring 38. Debutant Rob Yates from the Warwickshire Academy compiled a composed unbeaten 39 from 29 deliveries to ensure Staffs claimed the two points from the opening encounter.
Winning the toss for a second time Cheshire again elected to bat first in the second game and helped by scores of 28 from Ed Fluck, 25 from Calum Taylor and Luke Robinson’s 23 Cheshire reached a total of 138 before being dismissed with two balls of the 20 overs remaining. Dan Richardson was once more the pick of the Staffs attack claiming 4 for 23 with spinner Aniz Raza taking 2 for 21.
After losing both openers Kadeer Ali and Peter Wilshaw with just 13 runs on the board, Staffs batsman never came to grips with the slow and spinning wicket the second time around and slumped to a disappointing 65 all out from 14.4 overs against some tight Cheshire bowling aided by a few injudicious shots. Youngster Yates with 24 was the only Staffs player to reach double figures. Spinner Simon Normanton picked up 3 for 19 while Nick Anderson, Luke Robinson and Oliver Griffiths each claimed two victims to help Cheshire to a 73 run success.
After having completed four games in the group stages of the competition, Cheshire lead the way with 6 points while Staffordshire, Lincolnshire and Northumberland each have 2 points having played two games each with Cumberland pointless after their two matches.
Staffs are next in action on Sunday May 20th when they take on Shropshire at Himley Cricket Club (11am) in the 50 over Knock-Out Trophy competition.
Posted on Tuesday 8th May 2018, in Latest News