CHESHIRE have made a double swoop as they try and book themselves a date with a first-class county next season.
Andy Hall's team meet Bedfordshire at Warkdon Park, Luton, in the first round of the C&G Trophy tomorrow knowing victory would earn them a lucrative showdown and a welcome money-spinner by drawing the crowds next season.
And in a bid to make sure they do make it into the next round, the county have signed two overseas stars, which every team in the competition are allowed.
Queensland all-rounder Clinton Perren has been recruited to add depth to the side for the 50-over match, while Trinidad & Tobago ace Marlon Black, a towering 6ft-plus fast bowler, is being brought in to claim some prize scalps.
'We have recruited two very good players,' said Cheshire chairman Gerry Hardstaff.
'This is a big game for us and we look good because we have got the strongest side we have fielded all year.
Marlon was recommended to us by Richard Hignett and Andy Hall recommended Clinton Perren, so hope-fully they can both come in and cause some problems.'
Cheshire: Andy Hall (Bramhall, captain), Alexis Twigg (Harrogate), Clinton Perren (Littleborough, overseas), Richard Hignett (Bootle), Simon Ren-shaw (Kibworth), Neil Cross (Oxton), Jason Whittaker (Oulton Park), Simon Marshall (Neston), Marlon Black (Huyton, overseas), Stephen Ogilby (Chester BH), Robin Fisher (Bootle), Dave Pennett (Harrogate).