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Andy Hall

Andy Hall expects Cornwall to provide a stiff test for his Cheshire side. "We'll give them the respect they deserve," he said. © David Bailey

Cheshire have named an unchanged side for their MCCA three-day championship fixture against Cornwall at Chester Boughton Hall CC, which starts on July 1.

The 2005 champions began their assault on the Western Division title with an impressive 94-run victory away to Herefordshire and will be keen to maintain their 100% start to the competition.

Cornwall suffered an innings-and-24-run defeat at Berkshire in their opening fixture, but Cheshire captain Andy Hall is refusing to underestimate his side`s next opponents.

“It's going to be a tough match, it doesn't really matter that Cornwall lost," said Hall.

“They're a strong county and we'll give them the respect they deserve, but we're confident in our own ability and want another win.

“It was great to start the season by beating Herefordshire - and we've been helped by the weather because some of the other counties didn't get the chance to get full points, which is good for us.

"But it's still very early in the season and the players know we've got to keep performing to try and pull further clear at the top.

"You can't afford many defeats because it's such a short season, but we're going into this one with plenty of confidence having beaten Herefordshire."

The match will see both teams trial new Tiflex balls on behalf of the MCCA which, if they prove to be successful, could be used in all matches next season.