Cheshire eye quarter-finals
Cheshire are just one win away from qualifying for the MCCA Trophy quarter-finals after cruising to an impressive six-wicket win over group leaders Staffordshire.
They must now beat Cumberland, who have yet to win a match, in their final group game at Netherfield CC on Sunday to make sure of their place in the last eight.
Cheshire were done a welcome favour after Shropshire pulled off a surprise 45-run win over Northumberland to leave the group wide open with one round of fixtures to play.
Staffordshire face Shropshire in the only other match to be completed in Group 1.
“It's in our hands. We know we’ve got to win and we’re confident going into the game,” said captain Andy Hall.
Having lost the toss, Cheshire bowled well and restricted Staffordshire to 200 all out in 48.4 overs at Grappenhall CC.
New signing Richard Logan did the bulk of the damage with a fine 5-34 return from 10 overs, while all-rounder Nathan Dumelow impressed with 2-22 from nine overs.
Liam Hughes top-scored for Staffs with 70 and Greg Willott struck an unbeaten 41.
Logan now has 10 wickets in three matches, while there were also important scalps for Adam Syddall, who recovered from a badly bruised hand to play, Rick Moore and Jonny Fawcett.
Cheshire wasted no time in chasing down their target as they won with eight overs to spare.
Oulton Park batsman Ben Spendlove led the way with a brilliant unbeaten 83, while Hyde’s hard-hitting left-hander James Duffy contributed 51 and Dumelow 23 not out.
This Sunday Cheshire will be without opening batsman Warren Goodwin, who has exam commitments. The county hope Lancashire 2nd XI batsman Chris Tipper can take his place.