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James Duffy (Cheshire)

James Duffy has scored two centuries in three games in the Cheshire County League and will be key to Cheshire's hopes

Cheshire have named a strong 12-man squad for Sunday's MCCA Trophy clash away to Northumberland at Jesmond CC.

Last season's Championship finalists welcome back James Duffy, Jason Whittaker and Daniel Berry for the 50-over one-day contest as they look to build on last weekend's fine nine-wicket win at home to Shropshire.

Hyde skipper Duffy has been in fine form for his club in the Cheshire County League with two centuries in three matches thus far, while Alderley Edge all-rounder Whittaker starred with a brilliant 8-60 return as his club tasted victory last weekend.

And Hyde all-rounder Daniel Berry also comes back into the reckoning having missed the Shropshire clash with badly-bruised hand.

But Cheshire will be without wicketkeeper Matt Dawson, who is unavailable, with Duffy taking the gloves. Rick Moore is also unavailable for selection.

“It's a big game for us on Sunday,” revealed Cheshire team co-ordinator Peter Babbage.

"We've had a very good start beating Shropshire, but you can't afford many slip-ups in the group stages. Another win would put us in a strong position.

“It will be good to have Jason Whittaker back, he's got plenty of experience and we all know how good a player James Duffy is, he's already scored two centuries this season.

“So while we'll miss Rick Moore and Matt Dawson, we know we've got some very good replacements.

“And of course Daniel Berry is back in the squad having missed the Shropshire came because of his hand injury, so we've got a very strong squad.”

A view shared by Cheshire skipper Andy Hall who is confident his side can have a very good season if they fire on full cylinders.

“We've got a really good mixture of experience and youth this season, it's a strong squad,” said Hall.

"It was a good win for us against Shropshire, but we know we're going to have to play well to beat Northumberland.

"But we've got fond memories of playing at Jesmond, we beat Northumberland there in 2007 to win the Championship title - we played really well."

Cheshire 12-man squad: Andy Hall (captain, Bramhall), Warren Goodwin (Chester Boughton Hall), Ben Spendlove (Oulton Park), Louis Bentley (Oulton Park), Nathan Dumelow (Oulton Park), James Duffy (Hyde), Dan Berry (Hyde), Jonny Fawcett (Didsbury), Richard Logan (Chichester), Adam Syddall (Bowdon), James Hawley (Neston), Jason Whittaker (Alderley Edge)