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Cheshire recover to rock Lancs.

CHESHIRE opened the 2009 Northern League campaign with a nervestretching last match victory against Lancashire at Sandiway.

The win will give a huge lift to Cheshire's confidence in their bid to win the championship for the first time since 2004.

"It was a great team effort," said Cheshire captain Ron Harrison.

Cheshire's early players had been able to nullify the big guns of Lancashire.

"Everyone did the job," said Harrison.

The morning foursomes finished allsquare.

Craig Lewis (Prenton) with David Peel (Stockport), Tom Boys (Royal Liverpool) and Richard Pickard (Mere) and the Sandiway partnership of Chris Harrison and Ashley Sage won for Cheshire. Lancashire replied with wins from Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall) with Jon Hurst (Shaw Hill), John Carroll (Huyton and Prescot) and James Wilson (Formby) and Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) with Mark Young (Longridge).

The afternoon singles produced a tense struggle. Fleetwood and Matthew Nixon of Ashton-under-Lyne started with big wins for Lancashire. James Robinson of Southport and Ainsdale halved with Adam Wills of Sandiway. Jon Hurst won on the 18th and a third of the afternoon session was completed without a single Cheshire point.

But Cheshire hit back with four wins in a row, Eddie Parker of Crewe, Mike Bedford (Prestbury) Tom Boys and Phil Bolton from Chorlton-cum-Hardy.

Mark Young staged a temporary recovery but Ashley Sage of Sandiway won and Cheshire's victory - by just one point, 9'-8', came when James Murphy from Shrigley Hall won on the 18th..
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Date:May 19, 2009
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