Saturday, 14 July 2012

Back in CB40 action for Notts visit

A brief sojourn back into the world of Championship cricket makes way for a return to limited overs cricket, but in the place of Twenty20 we're now back to forty over cricket as Nottinghamshire visit Guildford tomorrow.

Chris Adams has named a 13 man squad for the game, the players named and a possible XI is as follows:

Jason Roy
Steven Davies
Zander de Bruyn
Zafar Ansari 
Gary Wilson
Rory Burns
Matthew Spriegel
Gareth Batty
Murali Kartik
Stuart Meaker
Jon Lewis

Bench: Chris Jordan, Tim Linley

Even bearing in mind Adams' penchant for bowler heavy lineups the squad above, with just five specialist batsmen, looks very light in the batting. Kevin Pietersen returns to the England fold so Zander de Bruyn's tentative steps back into form could prove crucial, and Jason Roy will hopefully respond well to the pressure of being one of the senior batsmen in the squad.

Again the bowling looks strong, although Chris Tremlett is given a break after his exploits against Lancashire. The side above has just two frontline seam bowling options, so de Bruyn may be called upon to turn his arm over. In this competition so far Adams has liked to rely on Jon Lewis for some of the middle overs so Spriegel might be asked to bowl in the powerplay overs with Meaker.

Nottinghamshire meanwhile have named a horribly strong looking batting lineup with six internationals in the top seven. The bowling isn't bad either with Pattinson, Gurney and Mullaney to call on, plus Samit Patel doing the spinning. They have a record of two wins and two defeats from their four CB40 games this year and lie six points behind us in the table, though with two games in hand a win over us tomorrow would make them strongly placed to qualify.

We have shown time and again in this format that we can beat the odds in defending low totals or scraping over the line chasing. Such is the strength of the opposition tomorrow that if we come out on top we'll be firm favourites to win this competition again. 

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