CHESHIRE MAKE ONE CHANGE FOR OXFORDSHIRE CLASH
By Neil Goulding
MINOR Counties champions Cheshire have named a strong 12-man squad
for Sunday's MCCA Knockout Trophy clash away to Oxfordshire.
With victories from both of their opening qualifying group matches
against Bedfordshire and Shropshire, last year's Lords' beaten
finalists know victory at Great and Little Tew will make them
favourites to qualify for this year's quarter-finals with a game
Bedfordshire and Shropshire have collected just one point from
their opening two matches, while defeat for Oxfordshire would
effectively end their hopes of progressing.
However, Cumberland have one point from one game, so mathematically
would be Cheshire's closest rivals if the qualifying process went
to the wire and they can string together some wins.
But if Cheshire do win against Oxfordshire, and at home to Cumberland
in their last match, then qualification would be guaranteed.
Oulton Park seam bowler Guy Emmett is named in the Cheshire squad,
while Neston youngster David Hurst misses out this time.
Otherwise the county have stuck with the players which have done
them proud thus far.
"We've had a good start to the season, but this Sunday is
a big match for us," said Cheshire skipper Andy Hall.
"We know a win is going to put us in the driving seat for
the quarter-finals, so we'll be really focused on trying to beat
"Oxfordshire are a good side. They need to win to improve
their chances of qualifying, there's a lot riding on the match.
"But we've already been tested this season and showed a lot
of character to get out wins."
Cheshire team: Andy Hall (capt, Bramhall), Danny Leech (Oulton
Park), Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Ben Spendlove (Oulton
Park), James Duffy (Hyde), Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park), Jason
Whittaker (Alderley Edge), Matt Dawson (wkt, Bramhall), Danny
Woods (Hyde), Adam Syddall (Bowdon), Daniel Berry (Hyde), Guy
Emmett (Oulton Park). Scorer: Janet Herbert.
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