New faces get the chance to shine in Cheshire KO Trophy squad
By Jim Law
Cross, Anderson, Killoran and Evans called up for one-dayers
Cheshire have unveiled an exciting blend of youth and experience as they kick off their 2014 Unicorns Counties K.O. Trophy season.
Ex-Lancashire wicket-keeper Gareth Cross(left) heads the line-up of new recruits alongside Nick Anderson, Harry Killoran and Will Evans.
No stranger to many in the County League, Cross - who is likely to be used as a bowler - joins the side five years on from being a regular with Bowdon. In 2014 he'll ply his club trade with Nantwich.
'It's a great opportunity to continue playing high quality cricket', commented Cross. "I know many of the side from my club days and am genuinely excited to be playing with such a talented group of lads."
Cross will bring experience to a young Cheshire side, having been part of the Red Rose County's championship winning team in 2012. "It was obviously the highlight of my time at Lancashire", he said. "Being part of winning the County Championship for the first time in 77 years was really special."
Skipper James Duffy (right) has wintered well and recognises that his new recruits offer another dimension as he strives for one-day success. "Last year was an exceptional year for all of us," he said. "It was testament to the hard work that Danny Woods and the guys put in over the whole season.
"This year I'm really excited about the new lads on show. Crossy goes without saying and having him around the place will give us all a lift. Young Harry Killoran (16) is an outstanding talent who's currently at Derbyshire's academy. There's an old saying that if you're good enough, you're old enough and Harry is. He really deserves his opportunity.
"Will Evans had a tremendous first season with Neston last year, scoring 986 league runs and he's a fine keeper too, whilst Nick Anderson has been around for a while and shows just what dedication and hard work can achieve."
One player who misses out during the early part of the season is Chester's Jack Williams, who's away taking his finals at Bristol University. Meantime Johnny Kettle, a stalwart behind the stumps last season, remains in Australia.
Despite last years' outstanding success as Minor County Champions in the three day game, the K.O. Trophy 50 over tournament hasn't been the happiest hunting ground for Cheshire in recent times.
A 15 man squad has been selected for the one day matches which start away to Northumberland on 27 April (11.00am).
Cheshire squad (provisional):
J.A. Duffy (Hyde - captain), D.A. Woods (York), G.D. Cross (Nantwich), W.M. Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall),
L.F. Dixon (Chester Boughton Hall), H.J. Killoran (Chester Boughton Hall), W.J. Evans (Neston), A.D. Clark (New Brighton),
N.D. Anderson (Didsbury), K. Sawas (Hyde), D.O. Berry (Hyde), I.J.S. Tait (Macclesfield), R.A.L. Moore (Oulton Park),
P.M.R. Roberts (Oulton Park), A.J. Sydall (Urmston).
Full list of one day fixtures (Unicorns Counties K.O. Trophy, Group 3):
Northumberland (A), Jesmond, Sunday 27 April
Cumberland (H), Neston, Sunday 11 May
Shropshire (A), Oswestry, Sunday 18 May
Lincolnshire (H), Bramhall, Sunday 25 May