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Andy Hall

Andy Hall believes victory in Cheshire's last two games will be enough to secure the Western Division title

Cheshire skipper Andy Hall and his team were left “frustrated” after heavy rain washed out their Minor Counties Championship clash with Dorset at Alderley Edge CC.

Despite the best efforts of head groundsman Paul Heades, three days of rain meant that the Moss Lane ground saw no cricket.

With no play possible before tea on the second day, the match became a one-innings contest, but, though the captains tossed up on the final day and Cheshire chose to bat, the rain intervened once more.

However, the good news for Cheshire was that Western Division leaders Cornwall were surprisingly beaten by 116 runs against Oxfordshire.

Cheshire and Dorset claimed six points each for the draw, while Cornwall picked up six points in defeat.

Corwnall top the division with 62 points, but both Dorset (59pts) and Cheshire (54pts) are hot on their heels and retain hopes of winning the title.

“It's frustrating that rain has intervened in three of our four games so far, but we're still in with a good shout of winning the division if we can win our last two matches," said Hall.

Cheshire face Wales Minor Counties on August 9-11 followed by another away clash, against Shropshire on August 23-25.

“If Cornwall or Dorset win their last two games to win the division, then fair enough,” added Hall. “But in my own mind I'm pretty confident we'll win the division if we win our last two games.

“There's doubting we've got two tough games, but if we perform then we'll be confident about our own chances.”

Cheshire are expected to name an unchanged side for encounter with Wales Minor Counties, although Chris Tipper may not yet be available if he is selected for the Lancashire Academy.

Hall said: “Chris is a quality player; he's come in and done really well this year. To score a double hundred at such a young age proves just how much of an exciting talent he is.

"But there have been a few players who have come in and done well this year. I've always said that if those lads do well then they deserve a chance to stay in the team.”