CHESHIRE skipper Andy Hall is relishing the prospect of playing against Australian spin-king Shane Warne.
Hall and his Cheshire team entertain Hampshire in the second round of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophyon Wednesday, May 5 at Alderley Edge.
And Hall knows that, although he has every respect for Warne's worldclass status, he and his fellow batsman will be looking to shine with the willow and compile enough runs for a shock victory.
If Cheshire do win they will play either Gloucestershire, the defending champions, or unknown quantities Holland away in the next round on 29 May.
"It will be a great occasion for all the players," said Hall. "To play against someone like Shane Warne is a real challenge. Hampshire will obviously be the favourites but we just want to give them and good game and see what happens. It will be hard to beat them, but anything can happen." Cheshire chairman Gerry Hardstaff has made sure his county have used the cup rules to their advantage by recruiting the maximum two over-seas players.
Hardstaff has enticed Guyanan paceman Barrington Browne to play and Australian batsman Clinton Perren.
Browne plays for Nantwich in the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League ECB Premier Division and started his season with a threewicket haul against Chester Boughton Hall.
Perren, meanwhile, has had a splendid winter playing for Queensland, and has settled well in England as Littleborough's professional in the Central Lancashire League.