PROMISING young gun Danny Woods is poised to make his Cheshire debut on Sunday when the county faces Dorset in a three-day match at Nantwich.
Left-arm spinner Woods, 17, who plays for Hyde in the CD Bramall Trucks Cheshire County League ECB Premier Division, has quickly risen through the ranks having starred at domestic and representative level.
Formerly of Cheadle Hulme and Bowdon, Woods' father Malcolm was a successful all-rounder for Cumberland and his success seems to have rubbed off on his son.
'Danny's one of a couple of young spinners who are coming through the ranks,' said Cheshire skipper Andy Hall.
'He deserves his chance, just like Danny Berry did when he played against Cornwall in our last match.
'It's important we have two spinners in the side for three-day games, especially for the third day when the wicket has the most wear on it.
'I really hope he has a successful debut for us. It's a big chance for him to push for a regular place in the team.'
Cheshire have made three more changes to the side which drew with Cornwall at Truro at the end of last month.
Former Nottingham pace ace Dave Pennett returns to the side to play his first three-day game of the campaign having been troubled with a knee injury, while former Derbyshire batsman Ben Spendlove is back in having been unavailable for both of Cheshire's opening fixtures of the season.
Also in is Neston seam bowler Chris Finegan who played in the drawn game against Berkshire.
'We've drawn both of our opening games, so we have to win this game if we are going to stand any chance of winning the Western Division this year,' said Hall.
Meanwhile Cheshire A team suffered an agonising last-ball defeat away to the Yorkshire Academy in a thrilling 50-over one-day clash at Wheetwood Cricket Club.
Hyde all-rounder Daniel Berry was the pick of the batsman with a superb 70 which included his first 50 at this level as Cheshire registered 208-8.
But Yorkshire, having stumbled to 24-4, and following a fifth wicket 145 partnership, suffered a second mini-collapse but managed to snatch a dramatic last-ball victory with 209-9.