Cambridgeshire C.C.C.

Cheshire C.C.C.

Cheshire go to Wisbech for Championship decider
By Jim Law

Cambridgeshire v Cheshire, MCCA Championship Final, Wisbech CC, Sunday - Wednesday September 8,9,10,11

Cheshire's prize as 2013 Western Division Champions is a head to head with the Eastern Champions, Cambridgeshire in a four day shoot-out at Wisbech CC.

Cheshire last tasted success in 2007 with a win over Northumberland at Jesmond whilst Cambridgeshire have only won the Championship once previously, in 1963.

Danny Woods side has had an outstanding season, unbeaten in their six outings and they go into the game full of confidence.

'It's been a truly memorable season', he said 'and it would be the icing on the cake to finish as overall Minor Counties' Champions. We played Cambridgeshire early on in the season in the KO Trophy and really didn't do ourselves justice so we're determined to go out there and really show what we can do'.

Woods knows that Cambridgeshire will be a tough proposition especially with ex-Surrey and Nottinghamshire all-rounder Darren Bicknell in their side.

And the skipper is forced into an important change with the prolific James Duffy being unavailable due to work commitments.

'Of course we'll miss James - both on and off the field. But we go into this game full of confidence. We've shown all year that we have strength in depth and bringing Andy Clarke in as a replacement shows that.'

Neston's Clarke has enjoyed a hugely successful season with both bat and ball since returning to the Wirrall Club. The former MCC Young Cricketer makes his debut in the Final and is the only change to the side that clinched the Western Division title against Shropshire.

Although played over four days rather than three, the match rules remain the same with play starting each morning at 10.30am.

Cheshire side v Cambridgeshire:
W.M. Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), J.P. Kettle (Nantwich), R.A.L. Moore (Oulton Park), K. Sawas (Macclesfield),
L.F. Dixon (Chester Boughton Hall), A.D. Clarke (Neston), D.O. Berry (Hyde), S.J. Kirwin (Hyde), J.J. Williams (Chester),
A.J. Syddall (Urmston), D.A. Woods (York - Captain), 12th man C. Rowe (Alderley Edge), Scorer: J.W. Law