CHESTER County Officers and Bunbury expect to be battling for promotion in Division Three of the Meller Braggins League.
CCO are still aiming high despite losing skipper Mike Rowlands to County League side Neston.
Mike Clarke steps up to replace Rowlands so Chris Wright assumes the vice-captain’s role for CCO, who have also lost the services of Mike Pownall and Ali Clark.
New faces include all-rounder Graham Dodd and batsman Roger Watt.
Indian pace ace Vamshidhar Parvathaneni returns, while there are high expectations for local youngster Mike Jones.
CCO stalwart Tony Collard said: “We hope to make an impression and be challenging for promotion.”
CCO (314-4) entertained North Wales side Castell Alun (145-8) in a friendly on Sunday.
Having narrowly missed out on promotion last year, BUNBURY are aiming to make the step up in 2011.
Winter nets were held at Tarporley High but sessions have now switched to the club’s School Lane base.
The new vice-captain is Owen Williamson.
Bunbury general secretary Andy Lawrence said: “Hopes are high for promotion this year. We have two or three new members, which we hope will strengthen both squads.”
Bunbury’s junior section is as strong as ever, with the club able to field two teams in most age groups.