CHESHIRE drew with Cornwall in their second Minor Counties Championship match of the season.
Last year's Minor Counties champions are still unbeaten this term in the three-day format, but having dominated proceedings, skipper Andy Hall and his team were frustrated with the result which they shaded 11-10 on points.
No play because of rain on the second day halted Cheshire's hopes of victory and Hall admitted as much as the final day's play on Tuesday was a matter of going through the motions.
'It's disappointing we've not had the chance to win the match, but the rain meant we had to get 17 wickets on the last day, which is incredibly hard at this level,' said Hall.
'We needed to get early wickets, but Cornwall batted well and we knew by lunchtime that we couldn't win the game.'
Having seen Cheshire set an imposing 374-8 in their first innings, Cornwall were struggling at 56-3 overnight from the opening day.
But no play gave the hosts breathing space, a break they used to stem the flow of wickets and to post 297-7. Oulton Park's former Derbyshire off-spinner Nathan Dumelow (3-92 from 40 overs) was the pick of Cheshire's bowlers.
Cheshire batted again and declared at 134-6 from 34 overs, giving them a lead of 211, but by then any chance of a win had vanished.
Hall (20), Danny Leech (21) and a personal-best unbeaten 43 from wicketkeeper Matthew Dawson were the highlights of Cheshire innings, until the declaration came with just 10 overs left in the day and both captains agreed on a draw. nCheshire's next three-day game is against Dorset, from July 9-11 at Nantwich Cricket Club (11am start).