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Cheshire are aiming to close their MCCA Championship season with victory over Shropshire at Alderley Edge CC

Cheshire have named a strong 12-man squad as they look to end the MCCA Championship season on a winning note.

Last season's Western Division's champions cannot retain their title with just one four-day match remaining in the campaign, but that is not stopping skipper Andy Hall and his side from looking for a welcome win against Shropshire at Alderley Edge CC.

And the match could see Alderley Edge all-rounder Richard Wilkinson given the chance to make his county debut on home turf.

Wilkinson has impressed this season in the Cheshire County League ECB Premier Division with bat and ball and will be looking to take his chance if he is selected in the starting XI.

With Nantwich bowler James Warrington unavailable, Wilkinson could start against Shropshire, with the only change to the squad the return of first-choice wicketkeeper Matt Dawson in place of Toft debutant Pat Roberts.

Warrington starred with eight wickets but Cheshire still lost to Devon in their last match, a defeat which ended the county's hopes of reaching the championship final for successive seasons and a back-to-back Western Division crown.

But Hall and his team are hungry to finish the season on a high and finish as high as possible in the standings.

"We're all disappointed that we can't win the title this season, but we're still going to try and beat Shropshire in our last match," said Hall.

"They're a good side, but we want to win our third match of the season and finished the season strongly.

"There's not very much room for error in this league, so losing to Devon hasn't really left us with a lot to play for.

"But all of us want to win, we want to perform well for the county and give our supporters something to smile about.

"We'll come back stronger next season, but we've got this last game and we want to win."

Shropshire have won just once this season and are nine points below Cheshire in the current standings with one game to play.

"They've not had the best of seasons, but they'll want to win as well to finish the season strongly," added Hall.

"It's going to be a good test for us, it's a chance for us to show some character and bounce back from or defeat to Devon."

Cheshire squad: Andy Hall (captain, Bramhall), Johnny Kettle (Oulton Park), Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), Lee Dixon (Oxton), Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park), Dan Berry (Hyde), Richard Logan (Chichester), Matt Dawson (wicketkeeper, Bramhall), Johnny Fawcett (Didsbury), James Hawley (Hyde), Richard Wilkinson (Alderley Edge).