CHESTER Boughton Hall won the Cheshire Cup on Sunday – ending an 18-year wait for success in the county’s premier knockout competition.

Steve Ogilby’s team defeated Hyde in a high-scoring final at Filkins Lane, sparking celebrations which lasted long into the evening.

Boughton Hall had only won the Cheshire Cup twice before in their history – in 1994 and 1974, the competition’s inaugural season.

Skipper Ogilby, who arrived at Filkins Lane in 1995, the year after Chester’s last Cheshire Cup success, said: “It’s been an elusive trophy for me so it was good to finally win it after all this time. Obviously, it was a massive day for the club.

“It made it even more special to be at home and to win it in front of a big home crowd.”

Sunday’s final was switched to Filkins Lane last week because Hyde’s Werneth Low ground was suffering from the effects of a wet summer.

Boughton Hall’s impressive tally of 289-8 proved only 21 runs too many for holders Hyde, who replied with a spirited 268-9.

The difference between the teams was a major innings of 92 played by Cheshire left-hander Lee Dixon, who had scored 128 when Chester lost to Hyde in the County League the previous day.

Dixon came in after emergency opener Mark Rowland had smashed an enterprising 60 out of 105 in 16 overs. He was further helped by Warren Goodwin with 52.

Highly-promising spinner Harry Killoran, 15, took 4-56.

In Saturday’s league meeting between the sides, Chester posted 243-9. But Hyde hit back to win with 247-9 (Alex Kegg 5-91).

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