CHESTER Boughton Hall are determined to build on last year’s Cheshire Cup success in the 2013 campaign.
The Filkins Lane side won the county’s premier knockout competition last September, ending an 18-year wait to bring the trophy to Chester.
The cup win has left skipper Steve Ogilby hungry for more silverware.
“This truly is an exciting time to be at Boughton Hall,” said Ogilby, whose side travel to Alderley Edge on Saturday in the Premier Division of the Vivio County League. “Building on from the success of winning the Cheshire Cup, the club has put substantial investment in place to ensure we can play and watch cricket for many more years to come.”
Warren Goodwin will continue as vice captain and will be joined in the team by new signing Ross Dixon, brother of club coach Lee.
Jordan Clark, who is contracted to Lancashire, returns to the club after a season in the Lancashire League.
In Division One, CHRISTLETON secured a fifth-placed finish in 2012 and will be looking to push higher up the table this year.
There was a coup for the club during the close-season when 2012 overseas player Varun Sood claimed 3-43 – including the scalps of Ian Bell, Samit Patel and Joe Root – when England lost to Delhi in a 50 overs warm-up game in January.
The left-arm spinner took 44 League wickets and scored 490 runs for Christleton before returning home early in August.
OULTON PARK’S squad is strengthened by the return of Louis Bentley from Nantwich. Bentley scored more than 900 runs (at an average of 57) in 2011 for Park.
The side is bolstered by a fully fit Rick Moore and Craig Williamson, who both struggled with injuries last year. Departures include wicket-keeper Pat Roberts (to Toft), but Matt Freedman has re-signed after playing a season in North Manchester.
Syd Williams has taken over as chairman.