Cheshire Teams 14/15
Cheshire O50s are still on track to make the ICC National Finals following an 8-4 victory over Derbyshire on Sun 15th February. After being held to a draw by Derbyshire in the Home Fixture before Christmas, it was important to secure a win to keep alive their hopes of winning the West Midlands divsion and getting through to the Eat Midlands/West Midlands play-off. A second 11-1 win against Shropshire on Sun 22nd Feb leaves matches against Notts and Warwikshire still to play.
Cheshire O50s Team after their match against Derbyshire, from left to right:
Derek Neary, Jill Jackson, Mark Smith, Wendy Eastwood, Richard Eastwood, Sian Williams, Andy Buckley, Kay Vickers
Cheshire 1st Team are having another successful season and are currently sitting 3rd in the Premiership, behind Yorkshire and Surrey, both of whom they have already played. They have matches against Avon, Hertfordshire and Warwickshire remaining and will be hoping to finish close to the top of the table, with the big finale between the top 2 teams on the last day.
Cheshire Team from the 2nd weekend from left to right:
Andy Cooper, Mike Roe, Adam Dolman, Greg Mairs, Dave Edgar, Jenny Moore, Jojo Minihan, Claire Weaver and Rachel Vickers.
The 2nd and 3rd Teams have been finding things tough. The 2nds are currently 4th and fighting to avoid relegation. With only Nottinghamshire left to play, they will hope to repeat the win secured in the home tie to finish above them in the Division. The 3rds recorded a 12-3 win over Derbyshire in their match on 15th February, which moved them from 3rd to the top of the Division 6 North. They have one game in hand, with only Leicestershire remaining. Their final position will depend on the match between Northumberland and Derbyshire, who also both also have to play Leicestershire. It is mathematically still possible for the 3rds to top the Division, but they must achieve a convincing win in their last match to be in with a chance.
In the Masters Section, the O40s have struggled in a strong Northern Division, being unable to win any matches. The O45s have lost twice to Lancashire, but beaten Derbyshire and West of Scotland and are in 2nd position in the table, with the return fixtures still to play. The O50s, playing in the Midlands, have moved above Derbyshire to top the division by 1 point, and also have a match in hand. They need victories in their last 2 matches to win the Division and progress to the East/West Midlands Play off on 29th March. The O55s, O60s and O65s are all playing in the Northern Divisions, where they face old rivals Lancashire and Yorkshire and are yet to secure a win.
Masters Teams also competed in all age-groups except the O70s in the Masters County Challenge at the beginning of January. With all teams except the O55s in the Premier Divisions, there were lots of tough games for everyone. The O40s, who struggled to field a full team were unfortunate to finish bottom, but the O45s were 5th, the O50s finished 4th, above last season's winners, Yorkshire, and the O60s and O65s finished 5th and 6th respectively. The success story of the weekend though was the Cheshire O55 Team who beat all their opponents, without dropping a game to win Division 1A and secure promotion into the Premiership for next season.