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Chris Tipper made the highest score by a Cheshire player in only his second game, before rain wiped out the final day's play

Cheshire had to settle for a draw in their Minor Counties Championship clash with Herefordshire despite Chris Tipper’s majestic double century.

The 19-year-old starred with 219 off 221 balls in the first innings at Nantwich - the highest score by a Cheshire player in the competition - before hitting 50 off 48 balls in the second.

It was only Tipper's second Cheshire match - he made 84 on debut against Berkshire last month - and drew high praise from captain Andy Hall.

“It was a great knock from Chris; he really is an exciting talent,” said Hall. “It can be hard to make the jump in standard to Minor Counties level, but Chris has had a great start and looking totally at ease.

"He showed just how good a player is by making runs in the second innings as well. Let’s hope he continues this form.”

Tipper shared a record eighth-wicket partnership of 153 with wicketkeeper Matt Dawson, the highest by any side against Herefordshire in the three-day competition.

In four innings the teenager, who has played for Lancashire 2nd XI and fielded as a substitute for the 1st XI, has scored 374 runs at an average of 93.5.

Cheshire team manager Sandy Scrimgeour added: “We've got a lot of strength in depth to our side, but unfortunately there's nothing you can do for the weather.

“You can't legislate for raining. It scuppers any chance you have winning a three-day match, especially because you’ve got to have four innings.”

Having led the Western Division table after two matches, Cheshire have now slipped to third, eight points adrift of leaders Cornwall and five points behind second-placed Dorset.

Other star performers for Cheshire against Herefordshire were Dawson, who hit an unbeaten 61 in Cheshire first-innings total of 454 for nine declared - another fine contribution following his 73 against Berkshire.

Ben Spendlove weighed in with a valuable 71 not out as Cheshire took a stranglehold of proceedings after two days’ play.

In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 327 in 78 overs, with off-spinners Dan Berry (4-53) and Nathan Dumelow (4-94) the pick of Cheshire's bowlers.

Cheshire moved on to 201 for five by the close of play, leading by 328, but heavy rain prevented any play on the final day.

They meet Dorset at Alderley Edge CC from July 26-28.