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25 year wait continues

Hyde's 25 year wait for a major trophy must wait for another season as they were narrowly defeated by the big spending Oulton Park in front of a packed house on Werneth Low. Oulton gave won the toss and inserted the home side into bat and things did not start well with Stuart Eaton removing both Chris Pilkington and Rob Brierley by the 10 over point. What followed was a mini recovery as Hyde's leading run scorers James Duffy and David Fitzsimmons put on 65 runs in to take the home to 92/2 after 19 overs. When the Fitzsimmons was dismissed for 30 the Hyde innings once again lost its momentum as the Oulton spinners Chris Jones and Nathan Dumelow started to dominate. The scoring rate slowed and wickets were lost as the home side only muster 23 runs between the 20 and 30 over point. Once James Duffy was dismissed shortly after passing fifty it looked like only a score of only 175 might be achievable, however some intelligent lower order hitting from Mark Makin and good occupation of the crease by Tom Young enabled the home side to post a disappointing but defendable total.

Hyde needed a good start with the ball and Tom Young and Rudra Singh dually obliged with Young having the Derbyshire ace Chris Bassano caught behind for a duck. Oulton wickets started to tumble as the big hitting Nathan Dumelow and Ben Spendlove were out thought by the canny left arm spin of Daniel Woods with both players being dismissed going for the big hit. At 52/6 the game was certainly going Hyde's way but Stuart Eaton and John Davies had other ideas as they blitzed the ball all over the Hyde ground with in particular the underrated Davies hitting some large sixes. Undoubtedly the games defining moment was at 121/6 Eaton offered a simple catch to Daniel Woods on the boundary's edge off Rob Hurlstons bowling which was dropped. When Eaton was eventually dismissed the damage had been done the partnership with Davies who was also dismissed shortly afterwards was worth 125 runs. With Hyde having used up there front line bowlers the diminutive Michael Bentham and Danny Jones picked off the Hyde bowling to ensure Oulton retained the Cheshire Cup for another season.

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Date:  23/09/2006