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Cheshire seal Minor Counties glory

Cheshire stormed to a first Minor Counties Championship title in six years with a comprehensive 129-run triumph over Cambridgeshire.

Jonathon Kettle was the main architect with 143 from 167 deliveries as Cheshire set their opponents a daunting victory target of 382, skipper Daniel Wood declaring on the final morning with the score 303 for five.

Seamer Adam Syddall and leg-spinner James Williams were then the pick of a fine team bowling performance from Cheshire with figures of 3-53 and 3-56 respectively.

Paul McMahon’s side staggered to 204 for nine before an obdurate last wicket stand between Lewis Bruce and Samuel Rippington amid fading light.

Their 46-run alliance came to an end when Syddall accounted for Bruce and Cambridgeshire’s wait for Minor Counties glory now stands at 50 years.

Richard Moore ensured Cheshire were always ahead of the game as he struck 28 fours in an unbeaten 175, helping his team to post 379 for nine in the first innings.

Cambridgeshire were dismissed for 293 in response as slow left-armer Daniel Woods preceded a brace of second innings wickets with an impressive haul of 5-75.

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