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SCHOFIELD SET TO MAKE CHESHIRE DEBUT
By Neil Goulding
CHESHIRE will be looking for a winning start to the Minor Counties
Championship when they open their campaign away to Herefordshire,
from June 5-7.
Andy Hall's team journey to Luctonians Cricket Club, Kingston,
with the view of grabbing important points in a bid to challenge
for honours in the Western Division.
"It's going to be a tough match, but we've got a strong side
ourselves and confident of doing well," said Hall, now in
his third term as county captain.
Cheshire have lost former Nottinghamshire batsman Graeme Archer
this season because of work commitments, and have also released
former Hampshire all-rounder Simon Renshaw.
But the county have worked hard to recruit worthy replacements,
with former Lancashire batsman Mark Currie having joined, while
ex-Derbyshire all-rounder Nathan Dumelow has signed having moved
to play in the Cheshire County League this season.
However, the biggest of Cheshire's new signings, respectively,
is former England and Lancashire all-rounder Chris Schofield.
The talented leg-spinner and useful left-handed bat makes his
debut against Herefordshire, looking to get back on track for
a return to the first-class arena.
"I'm looking forward to playing and meeting the rest of the
players for the first time," said Schofield.
"I know Mark Currie from Lancashire, which is great, and
I've also played against Nathan Dumelow. I'd like to settle into
the side quickly and be successful."
Cheshire will be without opening batsman Danny Leech. The Oulton
Park player, who was one of the county's most successful batsman
last season, is recovering in hospital after having his appendix
Leech's absence has seen Hyde batsman James Duffy selected for
the team, with Currie expected to open the batting with Alexis
"Danny could be out for quite a while," revealed Gerry
Hardstaff, Cheshire's chairman of cricket.
"At the moment we don't know whether he'll be available for
our second game (at home to Wales Minor Counties at Nantwich on
Sunday 12 June)."
Cheshire 12-man team: Andy Hall (Bramhall); Mark Currie (Alderley
Edge); James Duffy (Hyde), Nathan Dumelow, Danny Jones (Oulton
Park); Steve Ogilby, Robin Fisher (Chester Boughton Hall); Chris
Schofield (Littleborough); Jason Whittaker (Walshaw); Dave Pennett,
Alexis Twigg (Harrogate). 12th man: Tom Young (Hyde). Scorer: