By Neil Goulding

CHESHIRE's Chairman of Cricket Gerry Hardstaff has revealed that the county have signed two new players as they gun for honours in the Minor Counties Western Division and MCCA Knockout Cup this season.

Hardstaff has worked tirelessly over the winter to recruit new talent following the departure of former Hampshire all-rounder Simon Renshaw and also Graeme Archer, unavailable this season because of work commitments.

And he is pleased to announce that former Derbyshire duo Nathan Dumelow and Steve Selwood have been registered to play, both of whom are playing for Oulton Park in the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League ECB Premier Division this season.

Batsman Selwood, 25, and 23-year-old off-spinner Dumelow are both looking to shine for their new county, with former Lancashire batsman Mark Currie also amongst the ranks.

"We've been looking for new players to strengthen the team and we've decided to register Nathan and Steve," revealed Hardstaff.

"Mark said he was going to play for us after being released from Lancashire, so it's good we've managed to replace Simon Renshaw and Graeme Archer.

"We are going to miss Graeme because he was such an important player for us last season, but Nathan and Steve come very highly recommended."