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Rick Moore put in a fine all-round display as Cheshire saw off Shropshire © Barry Mitchell

Promising youngster Rick Moore starred with bat and ball as Cheshire got their Minor Counties season off to a flying start with victory at home to Shropshire in the Knockout Trophy.

The Oulton Park all-rounder put in an impressive all-round display as last season's Championship finalists cruised to a nine-wicket win at Marple Cricket Club in their first 50-over group match.

Moore weighed in with an excellent 4-24 from 10 overs to leave the Shropshire's top-order in tatters, before hitting an unbeaten 62 as Cheshire eased to victory with nearly 27 overs to spare.

Chester Boughton Hall batsman Warren Goodwin contributed 46 as he and Moore put on 108 for the opening wicket.

Earlier in the day Cheshire's new signing Richard Logan - formerly of Surrey and Berkshire - shone on debut with 3-35 from 10 overs as Cheshire went top of their group.

"It was a really, really good win," said Cheshire team co-ordinator Peter Babbage.

"We bowled very well and then chased down the runs very quickly. It was an excellent team performance.

"In all honesty I don't think we could have asked for a better start to the season.

"There were some really good performances. Rick Moore bowled and batted very well, he was definitely worth the man-of-the-match award.

"Warren Goodwin batted well and got some good runs and Richard Logan bowled well on his debut, he looks like a great addition to the squad."

Having won the toss and elected to field, skipper Andy Hall might have been regretting his decision as Shropshire eased to 48 for no wicket.

But then Moore and Logan wreaked havoc as the visitors lost eight wickets for just 28 runs as they were bundled out for 125 in 42.2 overs.

And in reply Cheshire romped to victory thanks to Moore and Goodwin's opening stand.

"It was a great team performance," reflected Hall. "Rick Moore had a great game for us - and there were a few more telling contributions.

"It's a good feeling to have got off to a winning start. Hopefully now we can produce that type of performance against Northumberland in our next match."