CHESHIRE have named a strong team as they begin the defence of their Minor Counties Championship Western Division title, starting their three-day campaign against Berkshire at Chester Boughton Hall on Sunday.
Oulton Park's Former Derbyshire duo Nathan Dumelow and Ben Spendlove have retained their places, while promising youngsters James Duffy, Tom Young and Danny Jones are also included.
Captain Andy Hall is looking for a winning start to the season and said: 'Berkshire are one of the toughest teams in our division.
'We know we are going to have to play well to beat them and I'm confident we can start the season with a win.'
Last season Hall guided Cheshire to a seven-game unbeaten run in the three-day format of the game, which culminated in the county sharing the Minor Counties crown with Suffolk after a drawn final at Ipswich.
Having kept many of the players from last season's successful team, Hall is upbeat about Cheshire's chances of going all the way again.
'There's no reason why we can't do it again!,' he said.
Remaining 2006/7 fixture schedule - Minor Counties three-day Championship: v Cornwall (25-27 June @ Cornwall), v Dorset (9-11 July @ Nantwich), v Herefordshire (23-25 July @ Alderley Edge), v Wales (6-8 August @ tbc) and v Shropshire (20-22 August @ Whitchurch).