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 to spare.
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 them.
"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.

Cheshire are kindly sponsored by AB Nutrition Ltd and
For more information on the Cheshire Minor Counties Cricket team please contact Press Officer Neil Goulding on 07813 859986 or email