DEBUTANTE YOUNG AND CROSS CHESHIRE CHANGES
By Neil Goulding (Cheshire Press Officer, 07931 376811)
FORMER England and Lancashire leg-spinning all-rounder Chris Schofield has been selected for Cheshire to play Wales in the Minor Counties 50-over Knockout Cup at Nantwich, on Sunday, 11.00am start.
The former Old Trafford ace starred on debut for Cheshire with a magnificent hundred and also a half-century with victory over Herefordshire this week.
Schofield also weighed in with four wickets and is relishing playing for the county this season as he bids to build a platform to return to the first-class game.
"I'm playing on Sunday and looking forward to hopefully getting some runs and wickets," revealed Schofield.
"I had a good debut down in Herefordshire and it was nice to get some time in the middle. It was also good to win in my first match. The team played well."
If Cheshire are victorious on Sunday they will play either Buckinghamshire or Wiltshire in this year's quarter finals on Sunday July 10.
In 2003 Cheshire reached the quarter finals but were beaten by Hertfordshire at Luton thanks to a crushing century from former Surrey batsman David Ward, and last year were beaten by Berkshire on a bowl-out at Cheadle Hulme.
"It would be nice to go further in the Knockout this season, there's the chance to play at Lords if you reach the final," said Andy Hall, the Cheshire captain.
Cheshire will make two changes to their three-day Championship-winning side, with left-arm pace ace Danny Jones and Hyde batsman James Duffy both absent because of university commitments.
Their absence has left the door open for promising seam bowler Tom Young, Duffy's teammate at Hyde, to make his Cheshire debut, while experienced all-rounder Neil Cross also comes into the team looking to make an impression before he emigrates to New Zealand later this year.
"We've not had the best of luck in the Knockout in the last couple of years, so it would be nice to go further this year and hopefully get to play at Lords," added Hall.
"The bowl-out last year was a lottery and the year before David Ward scored a brilliant hundred which helped Hertfordshire win
"With the team we've got I'm sure we can improve and get further that the quarter-final stages. I think all our players enjoying playing one-day games."
Cheshire team: Andy Hall (Bramhall); Mark Currie (Alderley Edge); Tom Young (Hyde), Nathan Dumelow, (Oulton Park); Steve Ogilby, Robin Fisher (Chester Boughton Hall); Chris Schofield (Littleborough); Jason Whittaker (Walshaw); Dave Pennett, Alexis Twigg (Harrogate); Neil Cross (Oxton).
Fixture - Sunday 12 June
Minor Counties Cricket Association 50-over Knockout Cup (Nantwich, 11am): Cheshire v Wales.