CHESHIRE have named a strong team ahead of what could prove to be a crucial home clash with Oxfordshire at Nantwich Cricket Club, which runs from Sunday (August 7-9).
Andy Hall's team have given themselves a great chance to win the Minor Counties Championship Western Division this season - and victory over Oxfordshire would enhance those claims with one league game left in the season.
Cheshire are currently joint top of the table with Berkshire, the teams locked on 67 points after two wins and two draws this term. And with Wales still to play in their last game (August 21-23), Hall knows a victory would be the perfect tonic and pressure-builder on Berkshire come the final three days of the domestic season.
"If we can beat Oxfordshire that sets up for what could be a Championship decider in our last match of the season when we play Wales," said Hall. "We've had a very good season, but it's important we don't falter at such a late stage.We are looking for a win and I'm glad we've got a full strength side at our disposal."
Indeed, Cheshire have former England and Lancashire legspinning all-rounder Chris Schofield amongst their ranks, as well as former Lancashire batsman Mark Currie.
Chester Boughton Hall trio Warren Goodwin, Robin Fisher and Stephen Ogilby all get the chance to shine at Whitehouse Lane, for the first three-day county match to be staged at Nantwich this season.
Oulton Park trio Danny Leech, former Derbyshire all-rounder Nathan Dumelow and Danny Jones have also been selected, especially after their fine form which has helped their club top the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League ECB Premier Division this season.
CHESHIRE: A Hall (captain, Bramhall); D Leech, N Dumelow, D Jones (Oulton Park); M Currie (Alderley Edge); CSchofield (Littleborough); W Goodwin, S Ogilby, R Fisher (Chester Boughton Hall); J Whittaker (Walshaw); D Pennett (Harro-gate). 12th man: tba.
CHESHIRE 2nd XI go in search of their first win of the season today when they take on Staffordshire 2nd XI at Elworth Cricket Club in a 50-over match, their last outing of the season.
But win or lose, manager Sandy Scrim-geour is looking for more impressive performances, particularly from his younger players.
Cheshire have struggled with late withdrawals and unavailability this season, but Scrimgeour has still managed to give chances to some of the county's most promising players.
Andy Newton is joined in the team by fellow club-mate Chris Hampshire, while Hyde's opening batsman Dave Fitzsimmons will play his first game for the 2nd XI this season.
Chester Boughton Hall captain Alex Kegg is also given a chance, while Nick Cantello. Tom Twiney and Alan Day have the task of piling up the runs.
Cheshire 2nd XI: A Newton (captain, Nantwich), C Hampshire (Nantwich); N Cantello (Heaton Mersey); A Day (Alderley Edge); D Fitzsimmons (Hyde); A Kegg (Chester Boughton Hall); J Maltman (Poynton); I Tait (Macclesfield); T Twiney (Timperley); K Waterhouse (Bollington).