Essex Eagles look to Lord’s it over Middlesex in Royal London One-Day Cup
PUBLISHED: 18:01 30 July 2016 | UPDATED: 18:02 30 July 2016
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County chase victory to seal home quarter-final
Essex Eagles travel to Lord’s tomorrow (Sunday) seeking the victory over Middlesex that would guarantee them a home tie in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-finals.
Ravi Bopara’s men will be in good heart having secured a point from their abandoned match with Glamorgan to book a spot in the last eight of the Natwest T20 Blast, where they will travel to Nottinghamshire.
And that came after the Eagles had pulled off a fine win over Middlesex at Lord’s in the shortest format thanks to a stunning innings of explosive hitting from Ashar Zaidi.
Essex go into tomorrow’s match leading their group on run-rate from Somerset, with both teams on nine points and with only two qualifying matches remaining.
Both teams enjoy a comfortable three-points advantage ahead of five teams, including Middlesex, who are all locked on six points and Eagles head coach Chris Silverwood has named a 15-man squad for the contest.
He said: “I love going back to Lord’s having spent some time playing there after I left Yorkshire.
“It’s a magical ground, a fantastic ground and a great theatre to play cricket. You never tire of the place and and when you win, it gives you an even better feeling.
“We are all looking forward to going back to Lord’s, everyone loves playing there.
“We’ve had a good run in the 50-overs competition and we are looking to keep that going in our final two group matches when we play Middlesex on Sunday and then Gloucestershire at Bristol on Tuesday.
“We had one setback, but teams are allowed to play well against you and we accept that, but what we have done in the tournament is to play good cricket, finding the way to get some good results regardless of positions that we might have found ourselves in.
“The team shown that if we remain, cool, calm and methodical, we can chase any total down. So we’ll be going into these last two group games with the same game plan and mentality and hopefully achieving another two good results.”
Essex Eagles: Ravi Bopara; James Foster; Kishen Velani; Nick Browne; Graham Napier; Tom Westley; Paul Walter; Ryan ten Doeschate; Dan Lawrence; Jaik Mickleburgh; Jamie Porter; Callum Taylor; Jesse Ryder; Matt Quinn; Ashar Zaidi.
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