Match Reports 2013
1XI - Marple (A)
The 1XI made the trip over to Marple on Saturday, and upon losing the toss were asked to have a bowl first on a damp wicket.
Chester made a good start restricting Marple in all areas, leaving the score on 104-5 when Harry Killoran took his 2nd wicket. A missed run-out, along with some sensible batting allowed Marple to recover and Sam Hudson (56) and Garry Cash (39) had a 87 run partnership taking the score to 191-6 when Cash was removed by Harry Killoran. Marple continued well over the last few overs and finished on 222-8 after 55 overs. Pick of the bowlers was young Harry with 4-60 off 15 overs.
During the break, a fantastic tea was provided for the team and spectators, including onion bhajis, scones, pate, potato wedges and a large slab of battenburg.
Feeling well fed and ready for action, Simmons and Goodwin went to the wicket to start chasing the total. The task was made difficult when both Goodwin (0) and Simmons (9) fell with the score 9-2. Guy Dunbavand (16) and Jordan Clark made a small partnership, however wickets continued to fall with only Clark (43) and Ross Dixon (33) showing any resistance. Chester finished on 136 all out in 38 overs, and hope to bounce back to normal form next week.
1XI - Bowden (H)
The firsts recorded their second win of the season at home to Bowden on Saturday. Winning the toss, Ogilby decided to bat second.
Chester started well with Kegg and Goodwin on fire restricting the visitors to 23-2 early on. Ex-Lancashire player, Simon Marshall, held the innings together and had a decent partnership with Matt Foakes before Foakes fell for 24. In between various rain stops, wickets continued to fall with some tight bowling from Jack Williams and Harry Killoran. The two young spinners finished with 6 wickets between then, Killoran 2-32 off 7 overs and Williams 4-63 off 15 overs. Keeper Matty Griffiths was back to form with 2 good stumpings and a catch behind the stumps. The rain meant the game was reduced to 47 overs per side, and Bowden finished on 172-8 off their 47, helped mainly by 97 from Marshall.
In return, Chester lost Tom Simmons (9) early with the score on 22. Lee Dixon (2) then fell early in his innings with the score on 34-2. Goodwin and Clark turned the game back in to Chester's favour with some hard hitting and sensible batting to take the score onto 109 before Goodwin was judged too of edged behind for 59. Clark then had another good partnership with skipper Ogilby pushing the score onto 169-4 when Clark was bowled by Zafir Patel for 68. Ross Dixon (2*) entered the frame and finished the game off with Ogilby (30*).
25 points leaves Chester in 2nd Place in the CCCL premier league, with an away trip to Marple next week.
1XI - Nantwich (A)
The 1XI travelled to Nantwich on the weekend, and came away with a win after a close fought game.
Winning the toss after being given advice by daughter Maisie, Steve Ogilby put Ray Doyle's Nantwich into bat. Nantwich reached 29 before Alex Kegg removed Sam Hunt for 15. Cheshire keeper Jonny Kettle, and Liam Livingstone pushed the score up to 67 when Kettle fell for 26, a smart catch taken by Ross Dixon off the bowling of Goodwin. Livingstone (79) and ex-Chester batsman Olly Law (38) then had a 101 run partnership before they both fell quickly to leave the score on 170-4. Wickets continued to fall, with some tight bowling by Jack Williams (2-57 off 13) and Jordan Clark (4-37 off 9), and Nantwich finished up on 203-9 off their 55 overs.
Tom Simmons and Warren Goodwin opened up the batting for Chester in reply, against one of the leagues best opening bowlers, Jimmy Warrington. Simmons fell early for 9 and was followed quickly by Guy Dunbavand who went for 4. Goodwin and Dixon then had a useful partnership of 45 leaving the score on 82 when Goodwin fell for 44, and Dixon (24) fell shortly after leaving the score on 91-4. Ogilby (16), Jordan Clark (24) and Jack Williams (6) all fell in quick succession leaving the score on 142-7 and Chester with an uphill task, until Matty Griffiths joined Ross Dixon in the middle. The pair went about the Nantwich attack with caution, putting away the bad balls and earning singles where possible. They had taken the score to 186-8 when Dixon fell for 35, leaving Chester to score 18 for victory with 2 wickets remaining. Harry Killoran came in to join Griff, and they scored the winning runs in the final over of the game. Matty Griffiths finished on 26*, a match winning performance.
Next week we entertain Bowden at Filkins Lane.
1XI - Hyde (H)
The first XI hosted Hyde on saturday with the game finishing in a draw. Losing the toss and being put into bat, Chester started well with new boy Tom Simmons and Warren Goodwin putting on 42 for the first wicket. Hyde opened the bowling with spinner Danny Cramner who took the wicket of Simmons (16) before removing Lee Dixon shortly after for 10. Fresh back from hitting 6 sixes for Lancashire 2s in the week, Jordan Clark then joined Goodwin at the crease and 116 was put on for the 3rd wicket before clark fell for a hard-hitting 56. Goodwin continued to a fine 116 including 24 fours before being removed by Scott Kirwin. Rain during the innings meant 4 overs were lost off the game and skipper Ogilby decided to declare on 292-8 off 54 overs. There were useful contributions from Matty Griffiths (31) and Jack Williams (35*) to push the score on towards the end. Pick of the bowlers was Danny Cranmer for Hyde, who finished on 6-130 off a marathon 27 overs.
After tea, Hyde had 52 overs to reach the total. Dave Fitz and Danny Berry opened up, and put on 81 for the first wicket before Goodwin removed Berry LBW for 44. Ian Linwood bowled 2 overs, before injuring his side and having to lead the field of play. Sub fielder was Alex Townsend, who came over from the 3XI pitch after taking 7 wickets! Hyde continued batting well with Chris Tipper posting a well composed 91 to keep Hyde in touch with winning the game. Danny Cranmer and Tipper had a 5th wicket stand of 113, but when Tipper fell, the game ran its course to finish a draw. Cranmer finished on 55. Chester best bowlers were Jack Williams 3-92 and Warren Goodwin 3-47.
Next week we are off to Nantwich.
1XI - Alderley Edge (A)
The first team opened their campaign with an away trip to the lovely Alderley Edge. Losing the toss, captain Ogilby was asked to have a bat and opened with Mike Robinson and Warren Goodwin. Robinson fell early, bowled by Jason Whittaker for a duck, which bought Lee Dixon to the crease with Warren. They put on 140 with some hard hitting and sensible batting, before Dixon fell for 62. Jordan Clark (25) and Steve Ogilby (32) both joined Warren before he finally fell for 92 (11 fours, 2 sixes). Ross Dixon (32) and Matthew Griffiths (14*) added some important runs near the end and Chester finished on 273-7 off 55 overs. Charlie Reid (3-92) and Alan Day (3-10) finished with the best figures.
After a spectacular tea, Chester started well by removing the dangerous Currie for 5 runs by Ian Linwood, caught by a fantastic 2nd slip catch by Jordan Clark. Alan Day (4) and Shiv Shegal (0, hit wicket) fell in 2 balls from Jordan Clark leaving Alderley Edge on 29-3. Some hard hitting by Jon Steele (43) took the score to 74-4 before Steel was removed by Ross Dixon, caught by Bob Evans. Adam Worrell fell shortly after for 32, caught by Bob Evans off the bowling of Alex Kegg leaving Alderley Edge struggling at 88-5. This bought Jason Whittaker to the wicket with Charlie Read, and the two players set about recovering the innings with a partnership of 92, before Harry Killoran got Whittaker LBW for 47. Read and Wildig played out the game for a draw with AE finishing on 203-7 off 55 overs. Bowling highlights were Jordan Clark with 2-51 and Keggy with 1-29.
1XI - Leeds University (H)
Chester 1XI entertained Leeds University in a friendly on Saturday, resulting in a close game, but winning by 6 runs.
Chester posted 206-8 mainly helped by a solid start from young Guy Dunbavand, who scored a great 38. Lee Dixon started well also and scored 34. Jordan Clark entered the mix, and hit possibly the largest six ever seen at Filkins Lane, with the ball travelling well down Boughton Hall Avenue. Leeds bowled and fielded with accuracy, and the score only crept above the 200 mark with some sensible batting at the end by Bob Evans (17*) and Harry Killoran (8*).
Leeds opened their innings and quickly started to lose wickets due to some good bowling from Jordan Clark. Restricted at 120-6, a final wicket stand of 80 took Leeds to within 6 runs of the target, however some tight bowling near the end ensured Chester of the victory.
The main contest took place in the bar that night, with a boat race, karoke and lots of jelly and ice cream for Ross Dixons 21st Birthday. Happy Birthday Ross!
Match Reports 2012
1XI - Macclesfield (H)
Chester won by 9 wickets on Saturday against once league contenders Macclesfield at Filkins lane.
Batting first, Macclesfield struggled to 150 all out in the 51st over. The dangerous Cheshire batsman, Khalid Sawas, was removed by Ian Linwood LBW for 4. The only batsmen to have any effect on the Chester bowling were James Crossthwaite (73) and Rick Hough (31). Jack Williams and Mark Rowland were cheif destroyers with 4-57 and 4-23 respectivly.
Chester lost all rounder Rowlands with the score on 44, however no further wickets were lost with Warren Goodwin (77*) and Mike Robinson (52*) taking the home side home within 29 overs.
1XI - Hyde (H)
A fantastic game at Filkins Lane on Sunday resulted in Chester lifting the Cheshire Cup for the first time in 18 years.
Losing the toss and batting first, Chester made a fantastic start through Mark Rowlands and Warren Goodwin. When Rowlands was removed for 60, including 3 sixes, the score was on 105 and Chester continued well with Lee Dixon entering the crease. Goodwin fell shortly after for 52, and Sarna fell early for 8 runs. Skipper Seamus stayed will Lee for a 4th wicket partnerhip of 56 before he was removed for 22. Michael Robinson (12) and Jack Williams (16) helped move the score along however it was the hard hitting from Dixon doing the most damage. Dixon was finally removed for 92 including 5 fours and 6 sixes. Chester finished on the large total of 289-8 off 45 overs. Pick of the Hyde bowlers was Dawber with 2-60 off 9 and Young with 2-57 off 9.
Hyde started well with Danny Berry and Tom Twinney putting on 69 for the first wicket before Keggy removed Twinny for 37. A second wicket partnership of 49 moved Hyde 108 before dangerous Cheshire batsmen James Duffy was bowled by Warren Goodwin for 15. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and with 3 overs to go Hyde needed 40 runs. Some tight bowling by junior star Harry Killoran (4-56 off 8) left Hyde 21 runs short at the end. Keggy finished with 1-37 off 9, Linners with 0-34 off 9 and Warren 2-60 off 9.
MOTM - Lee Dixon
Thanks to Hyde for being great opposition, great sports and bringing a fantastic crowd.
1XI - Hyde (A)
A close game away at Hyde resulted in a 1 wicket defeat for CBH.
Seamus won the toss and decided to have a bat. Quickly, Chester were reduced to 23-3 losing the wickets of Seamus, Warren and Sarna. Lee Dixon entered the crease and set about repairing the innings with various batsmen at the other end. Rolo (26) stayed with Lee until the score was on 61 and another mini collapse left Chester on 81-6. Jack Williams joined Dixon at the wicket and the pair enjoyed a partnership of 89 before Jack fell for 26. Dixon was then joined at the crease by Bob Evans (13*) and the pair put on 63 for the 8th wicket before Dicko fell for a fantastic 128. Chester finished on 243-9 off the 55 overs.
Chester started positive and Keggy reduced Hyde to 44-3 which included a fine diving caught and bowled to remove the dangerous Duffy for 0. Danny Berry played the 'Dixon' role for Hyde staying at the crease whilst others around him fell. Scott Kirwin helped the chase with 63 and put on 120 for the 4th wicket with Berry. Berry was the 6th wicket to fall with the score on 198-6 with 99. Hyde got home with 1 ball to spare, after Jack Williams gave Chester a slight hope of a tie with a wicket in the last over leaving Hyde on 243-9 with 3 balls remaining, however Hyde finished the job the next ball winning by 1 wicket.
Chester welcome Hyde today in the final of the Cheshire Cup final at Filkins Lane.
1XI - Neston (H)Scorecard
Chester hosted Neston on saturday at Filkins lane on a wet wicket from overnight rainfall.
Chester won the toss and asked Neston to bat first. Neston lost an early wicket through Ian Linwood and wickets fell regularly until Neston were dismissed for 149 all out in the 50th over. Mark Rowland bowled well for 4-52, along with Jack Williams 2-25. Harry Killoran went for 12 in his first over, then finished with figures of 1-14 off 5 overs!
Chester lost Mark Rowland (12) early in the chase and then Mike Robinson was dismissed with the score on 31. Goodwin and Dixon then rescued the innings with a partnership of 84 before Goodwin was removed for 55. Sarna (17*) joined Dixon at the crease and the pair finished the job for the loss of no more wickets. Dixon finished on 63* at the end.
1XI - Marple (A)
1XI - Oxton (A)
Chester drew away at Oxton on saturday with an innings of 155* from ex-test player Lou Vincent separating the two teams.
Winning the toss and asking Oxton to bat, Chester made a good start restricting Oxton to 17-2 with 2 wickets from Kegg. Vincent then came to the crease and batted with a variety of other batsmen, however the only other batsmen to make head way into the Chester attack was Gayern Fernando (43). Oxton finished on a mammoth 288-6 off their 55 overs. Keggy finished with 3-59 off 16 and Jack Williams 2-36 off 5.
Chester struggled in the chase with many batsmen getting starts, but not going on to score match winning runs. Dixon and Sarna were joint top scorers on 35 and Jack Williams (24*) batted well at the end to block out for the draw with young Harry Killoran. Chester finished on 181-8 off the 55 overs, Ross Dixon taking 2-19 off 9 overs.
1XI - Nantwich (H)
Chester hosted league holders Nantwich on Saturday with skipper Seamus winning the toss and decided to have a bowl. Chester made a fantastic start restricting Nantwich to 11-4 before the heavens opened for the first time. The only Nantwich players to get into double figures were Louis Bently and Sam Hunt (52). Bentley batted from the fall of the first wicket through to the end of the 55 over innings making 134* including 10 fours and 5 sixes. Keggy finished on 3-30 off 11 overs.
With the rain interupption in the innings, Chester were left with 38 overs to get the target, which was then reduced to 21 overs after a further downpour at tea. Chester got to 68-4 off the 21 overs, Dixon (24*).
Next week takes Seamus and his barmy army to Oxton.
1XI - Alderley Edge (A)
A close game at Moss Lane resulted in 25 points for Chester and a move up to 3rd position in the table.
Winning the toss and putting Alderley Edge in, Keggy made a breakthrough with the first ball removing the dangerous Mark Currie, caught behind. Following that AE regrouped with a great 2nd wicket partnership of 160 between Alan Day (78) and Callum Rowe (77). After removing Rowe and Day in quick succession AE went from 160-1 to 163-3. Mark Rowland continued to bowl tightly against the AE attack, and the remaining batsmen could only get to 219ao in the 55th over. Rowland finished on 5-41 after bowling 15 overs and linners 2-59 off 15.4.
Robbo (11) and Warren (41) opened up after tea and were helped by Lee (35) and Kumar (26) to take the score to 148-6 off 35 before the rain came and Chester lost 7 overs. Returning after rain, Chester required 71 off 13 overs with 4 wickets in hand. Losing Jack Williams and Matty Griff left the score on 183-8, however the skipper was playing a patient innings at the other end. After 45 overs Chester required 19 runs off 18 balls with 2 wickets in hand, and this moved onto needing 8 off the last over. Seamus was lost in the final over for a great 51, and it was left to Harry Killoran on the last ball to win the game. Requiring 2 to win, Harry decided to win the game in style and hit a 4, much to the delight of the Chester team.
With Oxton, Hyde and Macc dropping points the move has put Chester bang back in the title race. The next two weeks are Nantwich at home, and Oxton away. Make sure you come and support the team in the title run in!
1XI - Didsbury (H)Scorecard
The firsts suffered a bad loss against Didsbury on saturday on day where gains could of been made on leaders Oxton, who lost at Alderley Edge.
Put into bat on a damp track, Chester struggled to 124ao in the 41st over. The only batsmen to get into double figures were Goodwin (18), Dixon (27) and Rowland (23). Pick of the bowlers for Didsbury was Nick Anderson with 4-54.
Opening the bowling with Kegg and Linwood, Chester restricted Didsbury to 3-2 off the first 5 overs, and looked in charge of the game. Some hard hitting by Slattery (39), backed up by Anderson (20) took the game back into Didsburys hands before a mini collapse left Didsbury on 67-5. THe score then moved to 97-6, before Didsbury got home safe in the 34th over, winning by 4 wickets.
1XI - Urmston (H)
The first XI continued their good weekend of form advancing to the semi-finals of the Cheshire cup after defeating Urmston at Filkins Lane.
Batting first Chester scored a huge 280-6 off the 45 alloted overs. Main contributers were Lee Dixon (88), Kumar Sarna (69) and Mark Rowland (51). Mike Robinson scored a quickfire 34 at the end off 17 balls.
Chester bowled and fielded tightly when defending the total and the Urm finished on 128-8 off their 45 overs. Keggy finished with figures of 3-31 off 9, Williams 3-38 off 9, and Harry Killoran with the fantastic return of 1-13 off 9.
1XI - Toft (A)
The first XI had a fantastic weekend, starting away at Toft on Saturday.
Toft won the toss and decided to bowl with some clouds overhead. Chester opened up with the usual Ogilby Goodwin partnership, however lost Goodwin to the 2nd ball of the game caught off the bowling of Jimmy Lomas. Dixon joined Ogilby at the crease, and they enjoyed a partnership of 61 before Ogilby was caught for 32. Sarna joined Dixon at the crease, before Dixon (39) was caught by a good catch at mid-off just after the drinks break. Sarna was caught shortly after on 20, before Mark Rowlands (19) and Mike Robinson (17) took the score to 131-5. A late flurry of runs came through Jack Williams (25), supported well by Ian Linwood (17) and some sensible batting from Harry Killoran at the end. Jimmy Lomas finished with figures of 3-86 after bowling through the innings for Toft.
Chester got the early wicket needed with the score on 8 through Ian Linwood. Toft then had a comeback with some good batting from Toby Drummond and Andy Bones putting on 49 before Drummond was bowled by Mark Rowland. Chester then continued taking wickets, and the only Toft batsmen to score any notable runs further down the order was some hard hitting from Shaun Mudalige (41*). Toft finished on 133 all out in the 42nd over, Rowland finishing with figures of 5-51 off 13 overs, Williams with 3-44 off 18.1.
Next weekend, Chester entertain Didsbury at Filkins Lane.
1XI - Ainsdale (A)
The firsts travelled to Ainsdale on Tuesday night, hoping to progress one stage further in the Echo knockout.
Batting first, Ainsdale totalled 97-8 off their 20 on a damp pitch. The total looked easy for Chester, however some poor shot choices left Chester 1 run short at 96-8 off 20 overs.
1XI - Urmston (H)Scorecard
A solid win for the first team against bogey team Urmston, led by 6 wickets from Keggy.
Fantastic work from the groundsman and keen CBH player, meant the game would start at 1.15pm, reduced to 100 overs. Seamus won the toss and decided to put Urmston in on a sticky wicket.
Chester struck early with Linwood taking the wicket. Kegg's fine bowling reduced Urmston to 56-4, before Lewis Jackson rescued the innings for the Urm with a good 49. Kegg then continued his onslaught, helped in the field by a hat-trick of catches by Mark Rowlands, to bowl Urmston out for 129 in the 50th over. Kegg bowled all the way through and returned figures of 25 overs, 8 maidens, 6 wickets for 59 runs. Rolo chipped in with 2-12 off 9 and a superb run out by Harry Killoran was the other wicket.
129 looked below par on the wet track, however Chester's batsmen still aired caution at the start. Seamus was lost early for 6, which bought Mike Robinson to the crease with Warren. Mike and Wazza put on 80 for the 2nd wicket before Waz fell LBW for 49. Lee Dixon came and went for 12, before Kumar Sarna blasted some very hard shots at the end to finish on 15* and take Chester over the line. Mike finished on 37* after a patient innings, and putting the bad balls away.
The win should push Chester up the league table, with many teams not playing in the league, and some shock results in the other fixtures. League table can be found here
1XI - Grappenhall (H)
Chester entertained Grapenhall on Sunday last week in the Cheshire Cup round 3, winning by a massive 104 runs.
Batting first, Chester amassed 307 runs for 6 wickets in their 45 overs. A 2nd wicket stand of 120 by Lee Dixon and Warren Goodwin (66) paved the way. Various batsmen came and went Sarna (48), Rowlands (9), Thompson (1). Dixon finished on a great 122 including 7 fours and 7 sixes.
A valient effort by Grapenhall led by Roylance (63), however they were all out in the 42nd over for 203. Wickets were shared around Kegg, Dixon, Goodwin 1 each, Tomo and Robbo 2 each and Rolo with 3.
1XI - Widnes (H)
Saturday welcomed Widnes to a rainy Filkins lane. Winning the toss for a second week running, Seamus decided to have a bowl on a damp pitch.
Chester restricted Widnes quickly to 96-8, mainly helped by Ian Linwood taking a fantastic 5-fer and finishing with figures of 5-56 off 20 overs. An 8th wicket stand of 54 propelled Widnes' total to 150-9, before finishing on 156ao in the 46th over. Linners was helped by Warren Goodwin who took 2-38, Rolo 1-5 and Dicko 1-1.
The chase was started with Goodwin and Seamus opening the batting and enjoying a 1st wicket stand of 66, before Goodwin fell for 42. Dixon came and went for a quick 7, before Seamus lost his wicket for a fine 73. Rolo and Kumar Sarna took chester over the line in the 44th over, Kumar finished on 20* and Rolo 5*.
1XI - Macclesfield (A)
Chester travelled to a rainy Macc full of hope and bacon sandwiches. Winning the toss, skipper Seamus decided to have a bowl. The game was reduced to 104 overs after some light drizzle.
Macclesfield lost an early wicket, however a 2nd wicket partnership of 128 between Hough (68) and Sawas (65) gave Macc the momentum to finish on 189-5 off their 52.
Chester set about the target, however losing Goodwin early on meant the task was an uphill struggle. A batting collapse saw the score go from 35-1 to 40-5 and the only strong perfomance was from Lee Dixon who was last man out for 87. Chester finished on 137 all out in the 39th over.
1XI - Hyde (H)
Chester hosted the title challenging Hyde at Filkins lane on Saturday. Winning the toss, skipper Steve Ogilvy inserted Hyde to bat on a damp wicket. Hyde made 225-5 off their 55 overs with most batsmen getting runs, Twiney (53), Tipper (49) and Kirwin (50). Keggy, Jack (2), Harry Killer, and Rolo chipped in with the wickets.
Chester opened up the chase with Seamus and Warren Goodwin who enjoyed a first wicket stand of 94 before Goodwin fell for a fine 60. Dixon came and went for a quick 31 including 3 sixes. Star of the day was captain Ogbily, who scored a fantastic 87 to win chester the game. Aussie Kumar Sarna chipped in with 39* at the end.
The win has lifted Chester up the table, and possible left a hope of making a title challenge. Next game is away at Macc on saturday
1XI - Neston (A)Scorecard
There was a big opportunity on Saturday for Chester to catapulte up the table, by playing the only game in the league not cancelled due to the weather.
Chester captain Steve Ogvily won the toss and decided Neston should bat first in the reduced overs game (90). Chester started well removing the attacking Hackett with the score on 16. Neston recovered to 90-3 thanks to Mark Garrett (30) and David hurst (25). Youngster Harry Killoran was introduced on his debut in the 25th Over. Harry returned figures of 1-26 off 5 overs and was unlucky not to take a 2nd wicket when an easy catch was dropped at long on. Neston finshed up on 143-8 off their 45 overs, Ian Linwood taking 4 wickets for 62 runs off 22 overs.
Chester opened the batting with Warren Goodwin and Olly Thompson, both of whom returned to the pavillion with the score on 8. Lee Dixon (42) and Kumar Sarna (35) both got good starts, but got out cheaply to leave the score on 105-5. The only other batsman to reach double figures was captain Seamus with 21. Special mention should go to 14 year old Harry Killoran who showed far more patience and skill than more senior members in the team by batting out the last 5 overs, with Linners, to gain Chester a draw.
Chester host Hyde on Saturday
1XI - Marple (H)
Chester lost the toss and were put into bat on Saturday against Marple in a reduced overs (78) game due to the weather. Chester managed 163-9 off their 38 overs, main contributors being Warren Goodwin (64) and George Robinson (37). Chester were restricted by ex-test bowler Jimmy Osmond (1-23) but the main damage was caused by Andy Greasley who returned figures of 6-65 including a hatrick in the penultimate over.
Marple set about the total with relative ease, completing the task in the 31st overs with only 2 wickets down. Ex-cheshire captain Andrew Hall scoring a fine 51*, aided by some hard hitting from overseas Andy McGuiness (34*)
Chester finished with 8 points, with Marple taking the full 25. Next week sees Chester visit Neston in what will be a fantastic game for people that like Ice Cream.
1XI - Oxton (H)
Solid tail-end batting rescued a draw for Chester in the big match against Oxton at the weekend.
Steve Ogvily managed to win the toss and decided to bowl first on a steady deck.
Conners and Keggy opened, bowling tightly, however not making any breakthrough with wickets. The first wickets fell with the introduction of Ian Linwood who removed the 2 openers. Oxton number 3 Andy Gibson unfortunately had to retire with a slipped disc on 7. This brought ex New Zealand test player Lou Vincent to the crease who set about the CBH bowling attack with some wonderful stroke play and fantastic hard hitting. His impact on the Oxton inning was huge, backed up only by Gayan Fernando (43) with the remainder of the Oxton order struggling against the bowling of Mark Rowlands (4-40), playing against his old club, and Jack Williams (2-88). In the penultimate over Oxton's 9th wicket fell, leaving Vincent stranded on 95*. Gibson bravely returned to the crease for the final ball with a runner, which allowed vincent to get to his ton. Vincent finished on 103* off 71 balls which included 6 x 6's. Oxton finished on 226-9 off their 55 overs.
Chester struggled in return, losing Warren Goodwin (7) and Mark Rowlands (14) early on. A comeback was made through Lee Dixon (44) and Kumar Sarna, before Sarna was dismissed for 31 with the score 96-3, leaving the game in the balance. Chester's middle order demons reared their ugly head again with the score going from 121-4 to 144-7 and the match was now in Oxtons court. Jack Williams batted patiently and maturely for his 27* off 100 balls and saved the game for Chester with the help of Chris Connolly who scored his 10* off 46 balls.
Points were shared, however Oxton remain at the top of the table, with Chester in 8th.
1XI - Didsbury (A)
Points make prizes. Apart from in the cup, where you just go through the the next round. Chester did just this away at Didsbury on Sunday.
Seamus resorted back to usual practice and called tails with his double head coin, resulting in a lost toss and being asked to bowl first.
Didsbury mustered 141 ao off 35 overs, pinned back by some fine bowling from Alex Kegg (3-10 off 9 overs), Mark Rowlands (3-36 off 9 overs), Kumar Sarna (0-20 off 1 over) and Lee Dixon (3-6 off 3 overs).
Chester knocked off the runs in 36 overs and won by 4 wickets. Main run scorers were Mike Robinson (48*) and Kumar Sarna (1).
1XI - Wallasey (H) - Kingfisher Cup (National Knockout)
Sunday bought Wallasey to Filkins Lane in the Kingfisher National Knockout.
CBH decided to bat first on a wicket which had dried out nicely overnight, and opened with Mike Robinson and Mark Rowland. Robinson supported Rowland well before Rowland fell for 41 off 38 balls. Ogilby came and went to a plumb LBW decision and Lee Dixon entered the fold. He went about playing some wonderful shots, giving the crowd something to shout about with 6 huge 6's in his innings of 117 from 83 balls. Towards the end of his innings, Dixon was joined at the crease by the returning Warren Goodwin, who looked like he had never been away with a fine batting performance of 45 off 44 balls. Chester finished on the mammoth total of 301-7 off their 45 overs, including 51 extras. Special mention to Chris Bourne, who bowled very tightly for his 1-29 off 9 overs.
Keggy and Chris Connolly opened up the bowling after tea and Kegg bowled beautifully for his 2-31 off 9 overs and Conners provided pace. Graham Reid always looked dangerous for Wallasey, however was removed by part time bowler Olly Thompson for 77. Thompson finished with figures of 4-22 off 3.2 overs, removing the final Wallasey batsman with the total on 193 off 39.2 overs.
A great performance from all the lads to get us into the hat for the third round draw, and very good seeing the returning Warren Goodwin.
1XI - Nantwich (A)
Chester suffered their third defeat of the season against rivals Nantwich. Skipper Steve Ogilby kept tradition by losing the toss, with Nantwich deciding to bat first.
Alex Kegg and Chris Connolly opened the bowling with their usual mixture of pace and accuracy, but were unable to make the breakthrough in the early overs. New signing Ian Linwood made the breakthrough with the score on 61, before Jack Williams had Ollie Law trapped LBW with the score on 101. Linwood and Williams continued to take wickets at regular intervals to restrict Nantwich to 203-8 off their 55 overs. Linwood took his first 5 wicket haul of his Chester career, finishing with figures of 5-56 off 13 overs. Williams continued his current good form, finishing with 3-55 off 11 overs, whilst Cheshires Jonny Kettle top scored for Nantwich with a patient 84.
Mark Rowland and Mike Robinson opened up for Chester and put on 29 before Rowland snicked behind for 22. Lee Dixon followed shortly afterwards before Robinson and Aussie Kumar Sarna put on a useful 62, before Sarna departed for 28. Robinson was next to go for 43 with the score 115, which started a remarkable batting collapse, where Chester lost their last 7 wickets for only 13 runs. The main destroyer for Nantwich was Jimmy Warrington, who blew the second half of Chesters batting line up away to finish with figures of 5-40 off 15.3 overs.
Next week, Chester host Oxton determined to get back to winning ways
1XI - Alderley Edge (H)
A good batting and bowling display by Alderley Edge left Chester with their second defeat of the season. Alderley Edge won the toss, and put Chester in on what proved to be a decent track.
Chester lost Mike Robinson early but new signings Lee Dixon and Mark Rowland knuckled down and bought up their 50 partnership, before Rowland (17) was caught off the bowling of Jason Whittaker. Aussie Kumar Sarna came to the wicket and set about building another good partnership with Dixon who was next out for a positive 47, leaving Chester at a promising 93-3. Sarna then went about batting with class and good stroke play, as he continued where he left off against Irby with 53, before 2 run out's saw himself and Olly Thompson back in the pavillion. Steve Ogilby (25) and Matt Griffiths (30) then notched up Chesters second useful 50 partnership, before Ogilby was caught which sparked a batting collapse from Chester and left them 216 all outt off 54 overs.
Alex Kegg made the big breakthrough of the experienced Mark Currie soon after tea, trapping him LBW. Kegg removed 2 other Alderley Edge batsmen soon after and the game was on a knife edge with Alderley Edge at 81-3. A match winning stand between Alan Day (99*) and wicketkeeper Adam Worrall (78*) proved to be the main difference between the sides. Kegg finished with a respectable 3-60, and was the only Chester bowler to take a wicket.
Chester finished with 7 points (6 batting, 1 bowling), with Alderley Edge taking the full 25. Next week sees Chester visit Nantwich in what will be a fantastic game for the neutral.
1XI - Upton (A) - Red Insure T20 - Hatrick Hero Harry
Chester went through to the next round of the Red Insure T20 Cup with a 14 run win over Upton.
Upton won the toss and put Chester into bat on a tricky wicket. Opening pair Mark Rowlands and Kumar Sarna got off to a good start before Rowlands fell for 21 off 23 balls with the score on 49. Dixon, pictured with his favourite mascot (12) and Thompson (13) both supported Sarna as he went on to compily a solid 81 off 56 balls without losing his wicket. Chester finished on 140-4 off their 20 overs.
Upton started slowly in the chase and were restricted by some tight bowling from Keggy (1-11 off 4) and Ed Filer (1-17 off 4). Upton picked up the run chase through Matty Ingram and the chase looked on with 25 needed off the final 3 overs. Young Harry Killoran bowled the 18th over and took 2 wickets, which swung the match back in Chesters favour. The 19th over bowled by Lee Dixon then only went for 4 runs, leaving 18 off the last over required. Up stepped Harry Killoran to bowl the final over which started with a single off the first ball to put Ingram back on strike. Harry Killoran then struck with a hatrick, removing the dangerous Ingram for 52 along with Simon McGowan and Pete Clark. A fantastic bowling performance from Harry left Upton on 126-8 off their 20 and Harry finished with figures of 6-19 off 4.
1XI - Moddershall (H) - Kingfisher Cup
Chester went through to the next round of the Kingfisher Cup with a good 47 run win over Moddershall of the South Cheshire and North Staffs. League.
Moddershall won the toss and decided to have a bowl.
Chester posted a good 173-8 off their 45 overs against some tight Moddershall bowling. Bob Evans (20), Mike Robinson (33), Steve Ogilby (22), Ed Filer (29) and Adam Dunbavand (20) all made starts but nobody was able to go on and score a big total.
Chester replied after tea by bowling Moddershall all out for 126, including 29 wides, off only 39 overs. There were 2 wickets apiece for Sam Mallows, Jack Williams, Alex Kegg and Chris Connolly, with Steve Ogilby and Ed Filer taking one apiece.
1XI - Didsbury (A)
The 1 XI continued where they left off against Toft last week to win by 6 wickets and take 25 points at Didsbury. Jack Williams and Lee Dixon put in brilliant performances with the bat and ball respectively.
Captain Steve Ogilby lost the toss for the third time this season and Didsbury decided to bat first.
Chester opened the bowling with the usual attack of the experianced Alex Kegg and the pacey Chris Connolly. Didsbury had managed to get 64 on the board before Chester made the breakthrough, with Jack Williams getting the first wicket. This was a sign of things to come with Jack Williams producing a sublime performance, bamboozling the Didsbury batsman on the way the getting a career best 8-66 off 21.3 overs. Didsbury finished on 180 all out off 51.3 overs, with Mark Rowland (1-39) and Alex Kegg (1-48) taking the other 2 wickets.
Chester lost Rowland early after tea for 13, but Mike Robinson knuckled down with Lee Dixon to take Chester to 55. Robinson was next to go for a patience 15, and overseas Sarna followed soon after for 12 to leave Chester at 77-3. This brought skipper Ogilby to the wicket who shared a match winning partnership of 67 with Dixon, before dixon was bowled on 80. Ogilby (39 not out) and promising youngster Olly Thompson (19 not out) saw Chester over the line after 53.2 overs.
Next Saturday, Chester host Alderley Edge at Filkins Lane.
1XI - Toft (H)Scorecard
Chester got their first win of the season against Toft, with overseas recruit Kumar Sarna making his debut.
Chester batted first on a damp wicket and posted 229-7 before declaring after 50 overs, leaving 60 overs to try and bowl Toft out. Mark Rowland (72), Lee Dixon (51), debutant Kumar Sarna (47) and Mike Robinson (36) were Chesters main scorers.
In reply, Toft could only muster 160 all out with Jack Williams (6-58), Alex Kegg (2-33) and Mark Rowland (2-38) taking the wickets.
Next Saturday, Chester make the trip to Didsbury, eager to get another win.
1XI - Urmston (A)Scorecard
The season got off to a disappointing start for the first team who lost by 6 wickets against Urmston.
Captain Steve Ogilby lost the toss and Chester were put into bat on a tricky wicket, which promised lots for the bowlers. The match finally got underway at 2pm and was reduced to 84 overs due to heavy overnight rain and some light drizzle in the morning.
Chester opened the batting with exciting youngsters Olly Thompson and Mike Robinson, but unfortunately lost Thompson early on for 5. This brought club coach Lee Dixon to the crease, who could only muster 3 before being caught off the bowling of fellow Cheshire team mate Adam Syddall, leaving Chester 16/2. Next to bat was Mark Rowlands who quickly set about rebuilding the Chester innings and got the score up to 58, before a collapse saw Chester bowled all out for 98 off 40 overs. Only Robinson (25), Rowlands (24) and Captain Ogilby (15) managed to make it to double figures, with Rana Malook (4-20) and Kurt Edginton (3-12) returning the best figures.
Chester returned to the field after tea knowing only a sublime display of bowling and fielding would result in victory. Alex Kegg provided the perfect start for Chester, removing dangerous opener Chris Watson with only the fifth ball of the game. However, a second wicket partnership of 64 proved too much for Chester to come back from, and Urmston hit the winning runs in the 31st over with 6 wickets remaining. Kegg (3-38) and Dan Riley (1-24) were the only Chester bowlers to get wickets. Chester finished with just 1 point from the game, with Urmston taking 25 points.
Next Saturday, Chester host Toft at Filkins Lane on Saturday in the league, with Moddershall of the North Staffordshire & South Cheshire League visiting Filkins Lane on the sunday in the ECB Kingfisher Cup.