Not much to report for the back-to-back Pro40 matches over the bank holiday weekend, save for one crucial thing...Chris Tremlett is in the squad, and will surely make his debut if the weather holds for the game against the ECB Unicorns on Sunday.
It'll be interesting to see how he gets on, he came through the Seconds game mercifully unscathed having bowled 20 overs and picking up two wickets along the way. Clearly the fact that he bowled exactly 10 overs in each innings in the Seconds means the management were preparing him for Sunday and they ought to be confident he can bowl his full eight over quota.
The squad and the side I expect to appear is as follows:
Rao Iftikhar Anjum
Bench: Stewart Walters, Chris Schofield
Given that its against the minnows of the group I would like to see them give Laurie Evans a go, and he'd presumably come in at the expense of Walters or Spriegel, my preference would be to drop Walters. They may also elect to play Schofield, possibly in place of Batty who has batted and bowled an awful lot already this season!
One thing for sure is that the top order will stay the same, and it is some top order. Davies, RHB, Ramps and Afzaal have got a perfect blend of youth and experience and if they fire, we'll post a big total. My one concern is that once we're through them, there is no one to take advantage during the slog. Lancashire blasted 36 runs from their final two overs last week, I don't see anyone in our lower-middle order even remotely capable of that.
Still, its a winning side and they do seem to be finally clicking, I'm quietly confident we can come out the other side of this weekend with two more wins under our belt (weather permitting!).
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