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Lancashire's Fluck stars in Minor Counties Trophy final

Lancashire's Fluck stars in Minor Counties Trophy final

Minor Counties Trophy final:

Wormsley: Cheshire 248-7 (Calum Rowe 58, Ed Fluck 54 not out, Will Evans 45, Jamie Stephens 4-53), Devon 246-9 (James Burke 95, Simon Normanton 4-21). Cheshire won by two runs.

Lancashire's Academy batsman Ed Fluck starred in the Minor Counties Trophy final for Cheshire, hitting an unbeaten 54 as his side recorded a narrow two run victory.

Cheshire bounced back from losing to Berkshire in Monday’s Minor Counties T20 final by producing another nerveless display in the field to win the Minor Counties Trophy for the first time in 22 years.

Devon appeared to be easing towards victory when they reached the drinks interval at the halfway stage of their reply on 115 for one.

But they again collapsed to spin, as they had in the T20 semi-final against Berkshire, immediately after the resumption.

This time it was Stockport Georgians off-spinner Simon Normanton who unpicked the innings by taking four for 21 in his 10 overs including Liam Lewis and Matt Thompson, who were both bowled in the space of four balls in the first over after the drinks break.

Normanton added the wickets of Devon captain Josh Bess and his brother Zak as Devon lost four wickets for 18 in nine overs.

James Burke, the former Somerset, Surrey and Leicestershire all-rounder, and Bradninch’s Gary Chappell revived Devon with a sixth wicket stand of 70 in 10 overs.

But Burke fell five short of a deserved century when he clipped Wayne White, the former Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lancashire all-rounder, to midwicket and Chappell was bowled by Ash Davis.

Sidmouth’s Scott Barlow, the sole survivor from Devon’s last Trophy success in 2008, held firm for an unbeaten 16 but he faced only one ball in White’s final over.

Dan Goodey was bowled by White’s fifth ball and last man George Benton was unable to find the boundary from the only ball he faced.

Cheshire, who were put in, were given a flying start by Will Evans and Calum Rowe, who added 77 for the first wicket, but the innings sagged in the middle.

Off-spinner Jamie Stephens checked Cheshire’s progress with his best Minor Counties Trophy bowling figures but 18-year-old Lancashire Academy batsman Ed Fluck, from Alderley Edge, showed composure and maturity to race to his first half century in the competition from 44 balls.

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