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Cheshire secure quarter-final berth

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Cheshire face a trip to Lincolnshire as they look to reach the MCCA Knockout Trophy final for the first time since 2007

Cheshire have been drawn away to Lincolnshire in the MCCA Knockout Trophy quarter-finals on Sunday June 13.

A battling victory against Cumberland helped Cheshire finish second to Shropshire in Group 1 and progress tino the last eight.

Shropshire to earn a home clash with 2007 Knockout Trophy winners Suffolk in the next stage.

There is guaranteed to be a new winner of the trophy with Norfolk, the reigning champions, having been eliminated from the competition before the knockout stages.

For Cheshire, progress to the quarter-finals is understandably welcome having failed to hit the heights they want to achieve in the one-day game.

Andy Hall's side have consistently impressed in the Championship, having won four Western Division titles in nine years, but last reached the Trophy final in 2007, when they lost by 35 runs to Suffolk at Lord’s.

"We've not really done much in the Knockout Trophy over the last few seasons," admitted Hall.

"But we've not been helped my the weather and a couple of below-par performances.

"However, the lads are really confident we can achieve something this year in the competition.

"It's all on the day, but we've shown plenty of character so far to get through to the quarter-finals - and we're looking to take that confidence into the next round.

"Lincolnshire will be a tough test for us. They've obviously done well to win their group. But it's about what we do; we've got to back ourselves like we usually do."

Lincolnshire finished top of Group 4 with two wins and a loss, with one of their fixtures abandoned.

Devon - Trophy winners in 2008 - won group two with six points and Dorset, who last won the competition in 1988, won group three unbeaten with three victories and one match abandoned.

Cheshire are expected to name a squad for the match in the next week dependant on any injuries and availability of players.

The 50-over match is set to be played at Grantham CC, with Bracebridge Heath CC a second-choice venue if needed.

Quarter-final draw:

Lincolnshire v Cheshire
Dorset v Wiltshire
Shropshire v Suffolk
Devon v Hertfordshire