Cheshire Teams 14/15
Cheshire O50s have successfully qualified for the ICC National Finals following 7 outright wins and a winning draw in the West Midlands divsion and a 10-2 Victory against Leicestershire in the East Midlands/West Midlands play-off. The National finals take place on 25/26 April at Loughborough University, starting with a match against Yorkshire.
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 completed another successful season finishing 3rd in the Premiership, behind Yorkshire and Surrey.
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 both had challenging seasons. The 2nds finished 4th above Nottinghamshire after facing strong opposition in almost every match. The 3rds were runners up in Division 6 North to Derbyshire, finishing above Northumberland and Leicestershire.
In the Masters Section, the O40s struggled in a strong Northern Division, being unable to win any matches. The O45s finished 3rd in the Northern Division. They were unlucky that confusion over Hall bookings meant that Derbyshire claimed the Home fixture, when Cheshire had secured an 8-4 win in Derby. The O55s, O60s and O65s all played in the Northern Divisions, where they faced old rivals Lancashire and Yorkshire. Only the O65s were able to secure a win against Lancaashire 2nd team and they finished 3rd above Lancashire 2nds with a better games difference.
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.