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Daniel Berry has recovered from hand and hamstring injuries to take his place in a 12-man Cheshire squad © David Bailey

Cheshire welcome back Daniel Berry for their first MCCA Championship match of the season away to Oxfordshire.

Last season’s Western Division champions take on Oxfordshire at Banbury CC from June 6-8, with Hyde’s Berry back in the frame having recovered from two injuries.

A serious hand injury and a hamstring strain have limited his participation in the MCCA Trophy this season.

But the 22-year-old, who topped Cheshire’s Championship batting averages last season with 92.50, returns for their opening three-match of the campaign.

However, Cheshire will be without Lancashire 2nd XI batsman Chris Tipper and Oulton Park all-rounder Rick Moore, both of whom are unavailable.

Chester Boughton Hall batsman Warren Goodwin returns having missed Cheshire’s fine win over Cumberland in their last match, a victory which guaranteed a MCCA Trophy quarter-final showdown away to Lincolnshire on Sunday June 13.

“There’s no easy games in this division, but we're putting pressure on ourselves to get off to a winning start,” said Hall, whose side won the Western Division by 12 points last season.

"Oxfordshire will be a tough side to beat, but we expect that and we know how important it is to start well in this competition.

"There's not very much room for error, especially if the weather frustrates you during the season. We just need to win as many games as we can and start strongly - we’d really love to defend our title this season.”

Cheshire will decide on their XI on the morning of the match.

Meanwhile, Cheshire's first Championship home match of the season takes place from 20-22 June at Chester Boughton Hall CC.

Cheshire 12-man squad:

Andy Hall (captain, Bramhall)
Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall)
Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park)
Louis Bentley (Oulton Park)
James Duffy (Hyde)
Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park)
Matt Dawson (Bramhall)
Daniel Berry (Hyde)
Richard Logan (Chichester)
Jonny Fawcett (Didsbury)
Adam Syddall (Bowdon)
James Hawley (Neston)