Essex Eagles drive for five in Natwest T20 Blast

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 July 2016

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

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

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Silverwood names 14-man squad for Gloucestershire clash

Essex Eagles will be looking to make it five wins a row in the Natwest T20 Blast when they meet Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College tomorrow (Sunday).

Although falling to a surprise 61-run defeat against their rivals in the county championship, a recent surge of form in the shorter format has lifted the Eagles into contention for a place in the knockout stages.

Their latest victory came after a tense encounter with Hampshire that saw Essex prevail by just three runs and head coach, Chris Silverwood, who has named a 14-man squad for Sunday’s sell-out game, admits the Eagles still have a lot of work if they are to make the quarter-finals.

“We are on a roll at the moment in T20 cricket but let’s face it, we are in for a tough game on Sunday,” he said.

“Gloucestershire are in a good position and have got there by playing some good cricket. So we need to be at the top of our game if we are going to get a good result.

“We’ll need to come out fighting, but we do believe that we can beat anyone when we are on our ‘A’ game, so, as usual, we’ll go into the match full of confidence and obviously looking to win.

“We had a nail-biter with Hampshire last week, but we held our nerve and got the result. It was an interesting game and the position of power swung back and forth but in the end, when it mattered, we came out on top.

“Victory took us into third place which is a nice position to be in at this stage, but we are looking to improve on that.

“There is a huge amount of confidence throughout our side, success breeds success and confidence comes along with that. We’ve got to keep driving that forward.

“We’ve played some good cricket this summer and long may that continue.”

Hornchurch all-rounder Paul Walter is included once again, having made a good impression in his earlier appearances in the competition.

Essex Eagles: Ravi Bopara; James Foster; Ryan ten Doeschate; Dan Lawrence; David Masters; Graham Napier; Jamie Porter; Jesse Ryder; Matt Quinn; Callum Taylor; Kishen Velani; Paul Walter; Tom Westley; Ashar Zaidi.

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