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Andy Hall

Andy Hall, left, is relishing his last game as Cheshire captain after 10 years at the helm - against Oxfordshire at Alderley Edge CC

Cheshire skipper Andy Hall admits his last game in charge of the county is likely to be an emotional experience.

And no wonder, for Hall has been the lynchpin of the Cheshire side for the last 10 years, having guided the county to plenty of success along the way.

Cheshire cannot win any honours this season, despite having battled their way up to third in the MCCA Western Division.

But that does not for one moment mean Hall will be taking things easy in his last three-day game in charge. The skipper wants to win and go out on a high at Alderley Edge CC, starting on Sunday.

"I'm trying not to treat the match any different, although of course it will probably dawn on me afterwards that I won't be the captain," said Hall.

"But more than anything I'm just looking forward to the match and trying to help us end the season on a high, with another win.

"It's a shame we can't win anything this season, but it's always important you try and win every match and it will be good for the younger players the more success they taste."

Cheshire host Oxfordshire, 18 points adrift of second-placed Devon, and Hall knows a good win, with 24 points up for grabs, could see Cheshire finish as high as second this term.

There is one change to the Cheshire side with opening batsman Warren Goodwin back in the ranks, having recovered from a hand injury, with Chris Tipper not involved this time around.

"We've been pretty lucky this season to have kept a settled team - and a young one as well giving exception to a few oldies like myself," added Hall.

"It's going to be sad stepping down this year because I've had so many great times with the team, especially when we've trophies.

"They're a great bunch of lads and we've always managed to have great banter on and off the field, which is important.

"But when it's mattered all of the players have stood up and done the business. That helps any skipper.

"It's the end of chapter, but next season I'll probably be able to concentrate on my batting a bit more and offer any advice to the lads and our vice-captain James Duffy.

"Let's just hope we can end the season on a high and celebrate with a few beers. Then we can move on next season and see if we can make a good charge for the title."

Cheshire squad: Andy Hall (captain), Jonny Kettle (wicketkeeper), Warren Goodwin, Lee Dixon, James Duffy, Richard Logan, Danny Berry, Adam Syddall, Jimmy Warrington, Richard Wilkinson, Danny Woods. 12th man: Ross Dixon.