Danny Leech will Captain the Championship side
Rick Moore, the T20 and KO Trophy Teams' Captain

Cheshire two captain approach for 2018

By Jim Law

Danny Leech and Rick Moore to lead side

With an increasing number of fixtures in 2018 and the return of T20 cricket, Cheshire will have two captains leading the charge for the new season.

Seasoned campaigner, Danny Leech from Oulton Park will bring much experience to the three-day side as they look to build on last year's second place in the Unicorns Western Division.

Leech returned to the fold last year and made a significant impact opening the innings and adding some much-needed stability to the batting line-up. He scored a hundred in the final game of the season against Oxfordshire.

The popular left hander will return to Premier League cricket too in 2018 with his beloved Oulton Park having secured promotion to the top tier.

"It's a great honour to lead the Cheshire three-day side and I'm immensely proud," he said. 'I was pleased to help out last year and I really thought we moved on over the season. I'm really looking forward to working with a top group of lads and helping move us on to the next level."

With a round-robin T20 tournament returning to the fixture list and a revamped KO Trophy, Rick Moore will lead the side in the one day format.

Rick has a rich pedigree in all forms of cricket with Cheshire and the Chester batsman is equally as enthusiastic about the new challenge.

"Winning the T20 with Cheshire in 2015 was extra special," he commented. "We did it in style and we've had to wait three years to defend our crown so we'll be really up for it.

"I'm enjoying my time with Cheshire as much as ever and to be asked to lead our one day team feels a real privilege. There's lots of cricket lined up and Danny and I have our work cut out pre-season to finalise our players and plans. We know each other well and it feels like an exciting opportunity to take things forward".

Cheshire start their T20 defence with two double headers - against Cumberland at Toft (6 May) and at Knypersley against Staffordshire the following day, Bank Holiday Monday. They'll also play Northumberland at Marple and Lincolnshire at Bourne.

The KO Trophy reverts to straight knock-out this year with a match against Cumberland at Oxton on 20 May.

Three day games drop back in the calendar this year with the first scheduled against Shropshire at Shifnall from 24 June.