8 wicket victory inside 2 days at Tattenhall
Tuesday and Wednesday saw a feast of future talent as Cheshire and Yorkshire played a 2 innings per side game at Tattenhall.
Cheshire Captain George Balderson won the toss and asked Yorkshire to bat first as he and Louis Botes put together an impressive display of seam bowling to put Yorkshire under pressure at 17-3. Once the new ball had faded it was the turn of the spin bowlers to step up on a surface offering encouragement and Harry Newton responded well, taking 4-25 as Yorkshire were bowled out for 137 in the 61st over, only Dominic Leech (45) getting to grips with the batting challenge.
Henry Dobson looked to have seen off the new ball but fell in the first over of spin as his opening partner Balderson was in complete control (64) before falling in the last overs of day one to leave Cheshire on 132-2 overnight.
Yorkshire started day 2 strongly to try to restrict the first innings lead but Jack Needham (65) went on to steady the innings as the spin of Harry Sullivan (4-52) and his brother Josh (3-55) limited the Cheshire innings to 234 in 84 overs and a first innings lead of 97 runs.
Yorkshire were looking to show more in the second innings but another impressive opening spell from Balderson (4-32) and Botes conceding just 4 runs in 10 overs put the batsmen under pressure and reliant on last weeks double centurion Finlay Bean to get a score that might get them back into the game. When he fell to Harry Newton (2-35) to make it 83-8 it looked only a matter of time and Cheshire wrapped up the innings on 126 in the 52nd over to leave a target of 30 to win the match.
Despite losing 2 wickets, Cheshire wrapped up the 8 wicket win in the 9th over to record the victory. Many thanks to Brian Jarrard for another super cricket wicket in these rare summer conditions and to all the officials and supporters for a match played in good spirit and a lot of future talent on display for their skills.
Updated 11:03 - 19 Jul 2018 by Ray Hunt