CHESHIRE and Lancashire renew rivalry at Macclesfield tomorrow (3pm) in a County Championship match of limited significance.
In truth it is probably a game both counties and the players could have done without. The out-come will help decide towards the groupings for next season if the championship remains in its existing form.
Cheshire beat Durham in their opening match and then lost to Yorkshire in the quarter finals. Lancashire failed against Northumberland in their first outing and then comfortably saw off Cumbria.
An incentive for the players tomorrow is possible selection for the English Counties two-match Canadian tour this summer, although it would seem only fair that most of the contingent come from the more successful counties in the Championship.
Cheshire were having a training get together last night before team selection was finalised. Chairman of selectors Roger Blake is unlikely to make many changes but certainly full-back Ian Kennedy will come back into consideration if he proves his fitness, after a groin problem forced him out of the Yorkshire encounter.
New Brighton, Birkenhead Park and Macclesfield provide the bulk of the squad but there are also representatives from Chester and Caldy.
Some of the fringe members will hope for a start but may well have to bide their time. The Cheshire policy is to give all the replacements a run at some stage although much will depend upon how the score is progressing tomorrow.
"It was disappointing to lose against Yorkshire but the lads did well and are looking forward to this last outing", said Blake.