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Dabbers delight at cricket title treble
3:37pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Sport
NANTWICH Cricket Club celebrated a hat-trick of Chapel Press Cheshire County League title wins on a momentous final day at Toft.
The Dabbers chalked up on Saturday an eighth win in nine completed games since the season’s halfway mark to finish a dozen points better off than closest rivals Hyde.
“It has been a wonderful run-in for us to win this trophy a third time,” said skipper Andy Newton after receiving the silverware from league chairman David Humpage.
“We’ve done it in a different way, with some different players, but it’s been just as satisfying.”
Amid rumours he intends to stand down rather than try to top the hat-trick records of Bowdon and Oulton Park since the turn of the century, he plans a holiday to contemplate his future.
Nantwich were in trouble when they were reduced to 70-6 by Toft’s spin attack, before Jimmy Warrington and Sam Hunt’s late contributions helped them to 126.
On a wicket shorn of grass and with crumbling dust, Toft were reduced to 7-5 by Nantwich’s pace men.
England junior international Rob Jones offered resistance with Ed Stubbs, but even they were no match for Chris Connolly, who claimed a five-wickets haul.
Ollie Griffiths chipped in with a brace as Toft were dismissed for 80.
Hyde collected a hat-trick of runners-up prizes after losing previously in the Cheshire Cup and Red Insure T20 Trophy finals.