Woods relishes three day campaign.
By Jim Law

Unicorns Championship, Western Division:
Shropshire CCC v Cheshire CCC at Whitchurch CC, 7-9 June 2015

Danny Woods returns to the helm as Cheshire CCC begin their three day Unicorns Championship programme with Shropshire CCC at Whitchurch CC on Sunday.

"This is the real nitty gritty of the season", he said. "Time to roll up our sleeves and show what we're made of".

After winning the Championship outright in 2013 and a successful year last time out, Woods is looking for his young side to again push for honours.

"This year, we've a young side that's played a lot of cricket at this level so we're even more aware of the challenges. We got a huge amount out of last year's campaign with the youngsters cutting their teeth in some big matches and shining through".

That includes Alderley Edge's Callum Rowe who hit a fine 200 at Wiltshire last year and has scored plenty of runs so far this season.

The side has a real balanced feel to it with a likely new opening combination of Rowe alongside 'keeper Pat Roberts followed by the prolific Rick Moore, Khalid Sawas, Lee Dixon and Danny Berry.

Bowling wise - other than himself - Woods can rely on spin partner Jack Williams, now free of early season exams and raking in the wickets at Chester Boughton Hall, the raw pace of Ash Davis coupled with the wily Adam Syddall and Nick Anderson who was invaluable in the one day games.

"We've a challenging set of fixtures ahead as ever", continued Woods, "but that's always the case. And of course juggling fixtures can be tricky for some players; the likes of Harry Killoran and Rob Jones have Derbyshire and Lancashire commitments plus there are work calls for others such as Warren Goodwin.

"But we're confident we've a good side lined up and plenty of options from our continuing merging talent that is pushing for places too".

Woods also took time out to pay tribute to his colleague Lee Dixon's success last weekend in leading the T20 side to victory and on to Finals Day.

"Lee knows his T20 stuff and did a great job. They were two fine performances (against Northumberland and Cumberland) and it just shows the diversity we have at our disposal".

Team to play Shropshire at Whitchurch CC, 7-9 June