Cheshire Cup final - New Brighton fall at last hurdle
Sunday 1st September 2013

It was a tall order for New Brighton to make 312 to win this year's Cheshire Cup final and gain revenge against Cheshire Boughton Hall who beat them in the memorable 1994 final on the same ground, Rake Lane.

New Brighton had danger man Warren Goodwin out for 4 in the fifth over but then it was one way traffic as Mark Rowlands hit 55 before Jordan Clark and Lee Dixon (87) added 144 for the third wicket in 19.4 overs. Clark completed his century and went onto 119 from 112 balls with 11x4s and 2x6s before being bowled by Lawrence Wilson, but by then the score was 300-5 after 43.5 overs. Two more wickets fell before the Cheshire County League side's innings closed on 311-7 after their 45 overs.

The Rakers lost three early wickets to make the score 40-3 after 11.5 overs. Mark Hale and John While (48) led a recovery but when While was dismissed in the twenty-eighth over, 183 were still required in just over seventeen overs. Adnan Ghaus hit 25 before Hale was out for 96 (108 balls, 7x4s, 2x6s) to leave a final score of 243-8 with Cheshire all rounder, Warren Goodwin, taking 3-29.

NEW BRIGHTON 243-8 (45.0 overs) (MJ Hale 96, JP While 48, Adnan Ghaus 25; Goodwin 3-29)
v CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL 311-7 (45) (Clark 119. L Dixon 87 [144-3rd wkt], Rowland 55)
Result: Chester Boughton Hall won by 68 runs
Toss: New Brighton
scorecard  tcs