YOUNG AND GOODWIN VYING FOR FINAL SELECTION
By Neil Goulding
CHESHIRE have been forced to make another late change to their
Minor Counties Championship final team which face Suffolk in Ipswich
between September 11-13.
Experienced all-rounder Jason Whittaker has dropped out of the
side following the birth of his first child.
The J W Lees-sponsored Cheshire team have therefore opted to take
a 12-man squad with them down south, with Hyde pace bowler Tom
Young drafted in, while original 12th man Warren Goodwin, the
Chester Boughton Hall batsman, may also get the chance to play.
"We are going to miss Jason because he's an important player
to the side, both with the bat and ball," admitted Gerry
Hardstaff, Cheshire's chairman of cricket.
"But we've decided to keep our options open and take an extra
batsman and bowler with us to Ipswich.
"Tom Young is a very promising cricketer and useful bowler,
while Warren Goodwin has already proved he is a capable batsman
at Minor Counties level with runs on debut."
Cheshire have already made one change to their original team with
wicketkeeper Matthew Dawson replacing regular fixture Steve Ogilby,
who cannot play, behind the stumps.
Cheshire shared the 2001 Championship final with Lincolnshire
after a drawn game at Grantham's Gorse Lane ground, a match current
captain Andy Hall played in.
Prior to that final Cheshire won the Championship final in 1967,
1985 and 1988. They also reached the 1993 final but lost by five
wickets to Staffordshire in Worcester.
The 1985 final saw Cheshire beat Suffolk by 58 runs in Worcester,
a result Hall would like to repeat.
"We've got a very strong squad and we're looking forward
to the match," said Hall, whose side will be pitted against
ex-England pace bowler Devon Malcolm, former Derbyshire duo Christopher
Warn and Trevor Smith, and also ex-Essex bowler Andrew McGarry.
"We would have liked Steve (Ogilby) and Jason (Whittaker)
to play for us, but I'm sure the new players we've selected can
come in and do a good job.
Cheshire 12-man squad: Andy Hall (captain, Bramhall); Robin Fisher
(Chester Boughton Hall); Matthew Dawson (Milnrow); Mark Currie
(Alderley Edge); Chris Schofield (Littleborough); Nick Cantello
(Heaton Mersey); Danny Leech, Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park); Dave
Pennett (Harrogate); Guy Emmett (Bowdon); Warren Goodwin (Chester
Boughton Hall); Tom Young (Hyde).