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Essex Eagles bid for Royal London One Day Cup quarter-final spot

PUBLISHED: 17:30 01 August 2016

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Silverwood’s men head to Gloucestershire for final group fixture

Essex Eagles travel to Bristol to face Gloucestershire tomorrow (Tuesday) for their final qualifying group match in the Royal London One Day Cup knowing victory will secure a play in the quarter-finals and a home tie at Chelmsford.

Following their four-run loss to Middlesex on Sunday, Essex start the final round of matches in second place, two points behind leaders Somerset, but four teams are closely packed behind them.

Head coach Chris Silverwood admits defeat at Lord’s has put pressure on his side and said: “Everything had gone very well for us in that game until the Middlesex bowlers strangled us the second-half of our innings.

“We needed 126 runs off the last 30 overs and you expect our batting line-up to be able to get that.

“It wasn’t an easy wicket to score on and credit to their bowlers, particularly James Franklin and Toby Roland-Jones, but as I say, just over four runs an over from that stage should have been well within our capabilities.

“Had we won, it might have given us the opportunity to give one or two of our players a bit of a rest ahead of the vital Championship game with Sussex later in the week and give a youngster or two an opportunity.

“Now we need to play our strongest available team for Tuesday’s match because we don’t want to leave anything to chance and it’s now all about winning that game. Our destiny is in our own hands.”

Essex have named a 15-man squad for the match against Gloucestershire who are currently one place off the foot of the table and with no chance of making the last knockout stages.

Essex squad: Ravi Bopara; James Foster; David Masters; Nick Browne; Graham Napier; Tom Westley; Ryan ten Doeschate; Dan Lawrence; Jaik Mickleburgh; Jamie Porter; Callum Taylor; Jesse Ryder; Matt Quinn; Ashar Zaidi.

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