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Andy Hall

Cheshire skipper Andy Hall has demanded 100% focus ahead of his side's final group game against Shropshire © David Bailey

Cheshire have named an unchanged team for Sunday's final MCCA Knockout Trophy group match against Shropshire.

Unbeaten in their opening three group matches, Cheshire know victory over Shropshire, last season's Trophy champions, would guarantee them qualification for this year's quarter-finals.

A victory would also assure Andy Hall's on-song side finish first in Group One with a 100% record.

"It's a game we're all looking forward to, there's plenty to play for," said Hall.

"Shropshire will be wanting to win the group like us, but more importantly we want to win because then we're definitely assured a place in the quarter-finals.

"I've always said that I'd love us to do well in the Trophy competition this year because there is a chance to play at Lord’s if you get to the final. For any cricketer that's a huge honour, but for now we're just concentrating we make sure we get into the quarter-finals.

"It looks like ourselves and Shropshire will go through, but we can't take anything for chance and it's a good test to see if we can beat them.

"They obviously won the Trophy last year and they'll be desperate to try and defend it. They're a good side, but as always we're just concentrating on making sure we play to our potential.”

If Cheshire do beat Shropshire then they would play the runners-up of Group Four, which is yet to be decided.

A defeat would most likely see Cheshire finish second, depending on how Shropshire fare in their last qualifying match.

If Cheshire do finish second then they would play the winners of Group Three, with all this year's quarter-final matches due to be played on Sunday 19th June.

Cheshire will play their quarter-final match at Christleton Cricket Club having drawn home advantage if they can progress.