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Hall targets third straight Cheshire win

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Cheshire can make themselves favourites to progress from MCCA Trophy Group One with victory over Northumberland on Sunday

Cheshire skipper Andy Hall knows victory against Northumberland this Sunday at Marple Cricket Club would make his side firm favourites to qualify for this year's MCCA Trophy quarter-finals.

Hall and his on-song Cheshire team have made an impressive unbeaten start to the new season with victories over Cumberland and Staffordshire.

Flying high at the top of the Group One standings, Hall is well aware that a third successive victory would see Cheshire go two points clear of Shropshire - last season's Trophy winners.

Shropshire have also won both of their opening matches, but do not play again until they meet Cheshire on Sunday May 29 at Shifnall CC.

If Cheshire do beat Northumberland, then that match at Shifnall is likely to decide who wins Group One.

"We've just got to keep winning and playing the way we have been doing; I've been really impressed with our performances," said Hall.

"We know it's not got going to be easy against Northumberland, but we're playing with a lot of confidence and fancy our chances of another win.

"They lost their opening match so will want to bounce back from that defeat, but we know that another win pretty much guarantees we qualify for the quarter-finals.

"But we also know it's really important to finish top of the group because that might give us an advantage in the quarter-final stages.

"There's still a long way to go though; we're just concentrating on this match and making sure we get another win under out belts."

Hall is hoping to make home advantage count with the match being playing at his club ground.

"Marple is a great club; I've spent quite a few years at Bramhall, but I decided to come back here because this is where I started my cricket," he added.

"The club's very proud to be hosting a county match, hopefully we can put a good show on for the spectators. I'm sure they'll be a few down to watch."

Unsurprisingly Cheshire are unchanged for the visit of Northumberland with Hall reluctant to make changes to a winning side.

"Everyone has been contributing, which is great. There's a good spirit amongst the lads, everyone wants to do well this season," he enthused.