Changes afoot as Stewart Macleod becomes Cheshire coach
By Jim Law

Exciting times for Cheshire CCC as 2015 brings change all round.
2015 schedule includes inaugural t20 tournament

A full schedule of three day and one day games is complemented this year with an inaugural national t20 tournament.
And to support their three pronged challenge, Cheshire have announced that Stewart Macleod will join as coach for the year ahead.

Popular Nantwich-based Macleod is no stranger to the side having coached many of the County's players at age group levels over the years.

"It's great news to have Stewart involved", commented Cheshire CCC skipper, Danny Woods. "We all know him from our days with Cheshire Youth Cricket. He's well liked and extremely well respected. We can only benefit by working alongside such a knowledgeable and experienced coach".

Macleod has been coaching with the Cheshire Cricket Board for around 15 years after a 30 year playing career with Crewe Rolls Royce and Oulton Park. His daughter, Laura Newton played 89 times for England and he keeps a close eye on his two grandsons who are very much involved in cricket at club and county level.

He's delighted to be joining the County setup. "Having been involved with the Board for so long, I'm really looking forward to seeing how some of the players I coached a while ago, have progressed", he said.

"We've already got great links between our youngsters and senior players and with Danny Woods and Lee Dixon recently visiting the emerging player sessions, we've already identified some great talent that's ready for the next level".

Cricket Asylum trip to Yorkshire

As part of the preparations for the new season, Cheshire have recently taken a squad to the 'Cricket Asylum' training centre in Yorkshire. 'It was a great opportunity for some serious preparation and some team bonding", said Woods. "The Asylum is a state of the art facility with pitch vision technology."

He continued, "We've a hectic schedule this year and some exciting talent knocking on the door means there's plenty of competition for places, starting with a pre-season game at Middlewich on 12 April".

As well as six, three day Unicorns Championship matches starting in June, Cheshire will play four early season one day KO Trophy matches. They'll then host a regional t20 day at Chester Boughton Hall with Northumberland, Cumberland and Staffordshire the visitors.

Danny Woods - back playing his club cricket in the Cheshire County League at Hyde - will captain the Championship and KO Trophy side whilst Chester Boughton Hall's Lee Dixon leads the t20 side.