An early 2006 preview
 
By Neil Goulding
 
CHESHIRE have been drawn against Cumberland, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Northumberland in their group for next season's Minor Counties Knockout Cup.
 
Andy Hall's side, who shared the Minor Counties Championship title with Suffolk this year, will play their first match, at home to Cumberland, on Sunday 30 April at Grappenhall Cricket Club.
 
The county side begin the defence of their Western Division crown against Berkshire, between June 11-13 at Chester Boughton Hall cricket club, followed by other three-day matches against Cornwall, Dorset, Herefordshire, Wales and Shropshire.
 
Full 2006/7 fixture schedule - MCCA Knocout Cup: v Cumberland (30 April @ Grappenhall), v Shropshire (7 May @ Shresbury), v Herefordshire (14 May @ New Brighton) and v Northumberland (21 May @ Tynemouth). Minor Counties three-day Championship: v Berkshire (11-13 June @ Chester Boughton Hall), v Cornwall (25-27 June @ Cornwall), v Dorset (9-11 July @ Nantwich), v Herefordshire (23-25 July @ Alderley Edge), v Wales (6-8 August @ tbc) and v Shropshire (20-22 August @ Whitchurch).