CHESHIRE have named a strong team for their three-day Western Division clash with Herefordshire at Alderley Edge, which starts on Sunday.
Defeat against Dorset in their last match has dented the defending champions chances of retaining their title they won handsomely last season.
But with three games still remaining in the domestic programme, skipper Andy Hall is targeting three victories and hoping their rivals slip up.
'We were disappointed to lose to Dorset, but it's left us with a straightforward situation. We must win all of our remaining games,' said Hall.
'The weather has stopped us winning two games, but that's the way it goes sometimes. The luck is not always with you, but we're not going to give up our title without a fight.'
Cheshire make just one change from the team which lost by five wickets to Dorset at Nantwich at the turn of the month.
Neston all-rounder Chris Finegan is unavailable and replaced by experienced campaigner Jason Whittaker.
Whittaker, a school teacher, has yet to play a game for the county this season. In the 2004-2005 season he was Cheshire's leading all-rounder, but work commitments have kept him in the classroom this season.
'It's good to have Jason back in the team as he's been such a good player for the county over the years,' added Hall.
'We'll need to be firing on all cylinders because Herefordshire are a good side. We beat them in our first game of the season last year, so hopefully we can make it two years on the run.'
Cheshire team: Andy Hall (capt), Matt Dawson (wkpr), Nick Cantello (Bramhall); Danny Leech, Ben Spendlove, Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park); James Duffy, Danny Woods (Hyde); Jason Whittaker (Walshaw); Guy Emmett (Bowdon); John Farrow (Heaton Mersey). 12th man: Chris Davies (Oxton). Scorer: Jim Law (Chester Boughton Hall).