Norfolk can seal Unicorns Knockout Trophy progress with win at Hertfordshire
06:30 24 May 2014
Progress to the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Knockout Trophy can be sealed by Norfolk with a win at Hertfordshire tomorrow.
Norfolk travel to Harpenden for their final group game of the one-day competition sitting in second place in the Group Two table.
An unchanged team has been selected following a two-wicket home win against group leaders Suffolk last Saturday, who have already qualified for the quarter-finals.
As Suffolk have complete all four of their matches, Norfolk can now finish level on points with their rivals, which would lead to top spot – and home advantage in the quarter-finals – being settled on net run rate.
Norfolk can’t get ahead of themselves though as Cambridgeshire and Herts are both just a point behind, so qualification is far from certain.
“What we have got to do is win, pure and simple, because if we beat Hertfordshire then we are in a quarter-final,” skipper Chris Brown said.
“So we’re not looking any further ahead than trying to win. I’m hearing there may be the odd rain shower around so we have just got to focus on what we can control because we have done that really well in the last few games.”
Norfolk have bounced back from a disappointing 95-run home loss in their first game, against Cambs, with a 29-run win at Bedfordshire and by sealing their two-wicket win against Suffolk in the final over at Manor Park last Sunday.
“We played well at Beds and then really well against Suffolk, particularly with the ball and in the field,” Brown continued. “To get over the line showed there is a lot of character about the side, so we are raring to go and can’t wait for Sunday because we know we are 100 overs away from a possible quarter-final.”
Herts will go into the game in good heart as well after also sealing a win in the final over last weekend, successfully chasing down a 325-run target set by Beds.
“They chased 320-plus last Sunday at Beds to win, so that’s a fantastic run chase,” Brown added. “There are not many weak minor counties side so I’m sure it will be tough.”
Norfolk: James Spelman, Peter Lambert, Sam Arthurton, Ben France, Garry Park, Harry Bush, Callum Taylor, Stephen Gray, Ashley Watson, Chris Brown (C), Michael Eccles.