Peter Wilshaw hit a quick-fire century as Staffordshire won their first match of the new cricket season yesterday, beating Cheshire by 50 runs.
Batting first at Nantwich Staffordshire racked up 313-5 from their 45 overs, and chasing a revised target of 308 to win in 43 overs after a rain delay, Cheshire made 263-8.
The victory gives Staffordshire a winning start to their Unicorns Trophy in Group 2.
Wilshaw believes Staffs have been capable of such a complete performance for a long time, but have failed to deliver it up until now.
Visitors Cheshire had won the toss and elected to bowl, but Mooen-Ali’s brother Kadeer and debutant Sam Kelsall put on 87 for the first wicket in difficult batting conditions.
Both couldn’t go on from making starts, Kadeer falling for 34 whilst Kelsall went for 52 on debut after signing from Nottinghamshire.
When Tim Maxfield made just 12, and Michael Hill fell for only 2, Staffs were in some trouble.
At 136-4 and with the run-rate only just over five, acceleration was needed, and by goodness it was delivered.
Pete Wilshaw and wicket-keeper Daniel Brierley put on 179 together, scoring at almost tens runs an over during their partnership.
Wilshaw believes that being almost “totally opposite” to Brierley, as a batsman, is crucial in helping the pair put opposing bowlers, and captain’s, under pressure.
The pair hit 8 sixes between them, Wilshaw making 110 from just 65 balls, whilst Brierley finished unbeaten on 73.
Staffordshire’s next Group 2 Unicorns Trophy match comes on Sunday 8th May when hosting Herefordshire at Himley.