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Sandy Scrimgeour

Sandy Scrimgeour hailed the "hard work" of his Cheshire side ahead of Sunday's showpiece at Slough CC © David Bailey

Cheshire manager Sandy Scrimgeour claims victory in the Minor Counties Championship final would be the "icing on the cake" to a fine season.

Scrimgeour and his unbeaten side take on Buckinghamshire in the four-day at Slough CC starting on Sunday.

Having failed to qualify for the final by just one point last season, it is little surprise that Scrimgeour is keen to end this summer on a high note.

"We just missed out on getting to the final last year, which was tough to take, so if we do win this year I'll be delighted," said Scrimgeour.

"It's a big occasion for the team, but I think over the last few years we've proven that we are a successful side.

"The players have made the job easier for me because of their commitment and all the hard work they've shown.

"We've shown a lot of consistency in the last few seasons and if we can beat Buckinghamshire it would be a great way to end the season for us.

"I've said this competition is a marathon - and we need one last push to get over the finishing line.

"We've got to pull our socks up and get across the line. There's a good bond amongst the players, it makes it all worthwhile managing this team."

Scrimgeour saluted his charges for their end-of-season charge in the Western Division, when victory in the last two matches earned them top spot and a place in the final.

"We lost a lot of games this season because of the weather, so it was a tremendous effort to win the Western Division,” he added.

"I'm really proud of all the players but they all know Bucks will be a good side.

"We don't know much about them because they play in the Eastern Division, but they've obviously done well this season to get to the final."