Essex Eagles bidding for semi-final spot
PUBLISHED: 09:31 17 August 2016
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County side visit Warwickshire in Royal London One-Day Cup
Essex Eagles travel to Edgbaston for a quarter-final tie against Warwickshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup today (Wednesday).
Both teams reached this stage having won four group games, the Bears in the North Group that saw them complete the qualifying stages in second place whilst Essex completed their round of qualifying games in the South Group in third position.
And the Eagles are anxious to erase the memory of a poor batting performance against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge last week that saw them eliminated from the NatWest T20 Blast competition.
Head coach Chris Silverwood said: “I’m looking for us to bounce back after that defeat at Trent Bridge. We have played some excellent white-ball cricket this year, so that game against Nottinghamshire was a disappointment.
“But the good thing is that we have the opportunity to put things right, although we do have a tough task on our hands against what is an excellent one-day side.
“I have said before that I believe if we bring our A game to the table, then we are a match for any side in the country in white-ball cricket and if we stick to our game plans and produce the skill levels we are capable of, then it could be a very exciting match at Edgbaston.
”We would all love to play in a Lord’s final, but you have to earn that right and know our players are determined to put in the type of performance that could take them one step nearer to the Final.”
The Eagles have named a 14-man squad, that includes locals Ravi Bopara, James Foster, Kishen Velani, Nick Browne, Paul Walter, Tom Moore and Jamie Porter, but they are without teenage batting talent Dan Lawrence who will be sidelined for four weeks with a hamstring injury sustained last week at Trent Bridge whilst fielding.
Essex squad: Ravi Bopara; James Foster; Kishen Velani; David Masters; Nick Browne; Graham Napier; Tom Westley; Paul Walter; Ryan ten Doeschate; Jaik Mickleburgh; Tom Moore; Jamie Porter; Jesse Ryder; Ashar Zaidi.