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Locals look to upset Essex

PUBLISHED: 08:24 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 08:24 18 June 2013

Theeban Tavarasa of Ilford, plays for an Essex League XI against Essex tonight (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Theeban Tavarasa of Ilford, plays for an Essex League XI against Essex tonight (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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League XI face county in T20 clash

Local club cricketers will be looking to upset the county professionals in a floodlit T20 match at Chelmsford tonight.

Essex Eagles host an Essex Premier League XI at the County Ground, ahead of their Friends Life T20 programme and will include Australian bowler Shaun Tait in their squad alongside New Zealand batsman Hamish Rutherford.

South Woodford’s Nick Browne represents the Essex League, just two weeks after making his county championship debut at Worcester, and is joined in the squad by Wanstead’s Arfan Akram and Joe Ellis-Grewal, Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa, Brentwood duo Aaron West and Max Osbourne and Shenfield’s Matt Salisbury.

Upminster’s Alan Ison was named in the original squad but had to withdraw due to injury.

One-day specialist Tait, 30, who has taken more than 150 career wickets in the shortest form of the game with his express pace, has played 19 T20 Internationals for Australia taking 28 wickets at 17.78.

And he holds the record for sending down the fastest delivery ever by an Australian when he was clocked at 100 mph against Pakistan in early 2010.

Tait repeated the feat when bowling to Craig Kieswetter at Lord’s in July 2010 during the one-day match between England and Australia, having played for Glamorgan in the domestic tournament that year, following a short stint with Durham in 2004.

Philip George, Chairman of the Shepherd Neame League added: “Naturally we are delighted to be continuing our close working relationship with Essex Cricket.

“It comes as a real privilege for club cricketers to have the chance to play at The Essex County Ground and to test their skills against some of the best players in the county game.

“It goes to show that the pyramid structure of cricket in the county of Essex is really working; further evidence of this is seen by the selection recently of Nick Browne to the First XI team.”

Essex coach Paul Grayson said: “It’s a game we are looking forward to and gives us ideal match practice for our Twenty20 campaign.

“I would expect us to pick our strongest eleven that will probably play against Hampshire Royals on June 28.

“It will also give us a chance to see some excellent league players and I am sure they will be keen to put in a strong performance.”

The game starts at 7pm with gates open from 6pm and the Pavilion and Pavilion bar open for members.

Spinners bar will be available for non-Members during the match.

Entry is free for all and no ticket is required, but attendees are asked to make a donation to the Essex Cricket & Community Trust.

Capacity for the match is 2,000 spectators.

Essex Eagles squad: Hamish Rutherford, Tom Westley, Mark Pettini, Owais Shah, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster, Jaik Mickleburgh, Graham Napier, Sajid Mahmood, Reece Topley, Tymal Mills, Shaun Tait.

Essex Premier League squad: Aaron West (Brentwood), Tom Blundell (Colchester), Nick Prowting (Chelmsford), Nick Browne (South Woodford), Alfie Taylor (Chingford), Arfan Akram (Wanstead), Max Osbourne (Brentwood), Matt Salisbury (Shenfield), Ben Stephens (Colchester), Theeban Tavarasa (Ilford), Joe Ellis-Grewal (Wanstead), Sam Foster (Colchester).


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