THERE was a large crowd at Tattenhall CC on Sunday as the Flacca hosted the full Cheshire team for the first time.

Unfortunately, James Duffy’s men slumped to their second Minor Counties Knockout Trophy defeat in succession, going down by four wickets to Cambridgeshire.

After Cheshire had posted a disappointing 185 from 47 overs, Cambridgeshire steadied a mid-innings wobble to canter home by four wickets, the seventh wicket putting on a match-winning 48 to see them home.

Skipper Duffy later acknowledged the work put into the fixture by the Tattenhall club in hosting the game.

“It was a delight to play here,” he said, “and we were wonderfully well looked after.”

Chris Tipper top scored with an impressive 44 as Cheshire were all out in 47 overs.

In reply ex-Northamptonshire left-hander Ben Howgego scored 70 to help the visitors to 186-6.

The defeat leaves Cheshire rooted to the bottom of the Group Three table and while technically not out of contention for the quarter finals, reliant on two wins from their last two games and an unlikely sequence of events from the other matches.

Cheshire fell to back-to-back defeats in Division Two of the ECB Women’s County Championship over the bank holiday weekend.

They returned empty handed from Somerset on Sunday, despite a marvellous spell of bowling from Dawn Prestidge (4-20).

Then in a one-sided affair at Barnton on Monday, Lancashire condemned Cheshire to a third defeat of the season, reaching their target with almost 30 overs in hand.