Bradshaw 50/50 for cup clash
DAVID CUFFLEY Table-topping Norfolk will be waiting on the fitness of skipper Paul Bradshaw as they go into tomorrow's vital one-day derby encounter with Suffolk at Manor Park (11am).
Table-topping Norfolk will be waiting on the fitness of skipper Paul Bradshaw as they go into tomorrow's vital one-day derby encounter with Suffolk at Manor Park (11am).
Victory over their old rivals would keep alive Norfolk's chances of winning Group Two in the MCCA Knockout Trophy and reaching the semi-finals, but defeat would almost certainly end any hope of a place in the last four and the possibility of another trip to Lord's in the final.
Opening bowler Bradshaw, who missed most of last season with a hamstring injury, rates himself 50-50 for tomorrow's match after pulling up with a similar injury in the fourth over of last Sunday's 95-run victory over Bedfordshire at Ampthill.
He plans to test out the injury in Vauxhall Mallards' East Anglian Premier League match against Norwich at Ingham today.
"I would say I was 50-50 to play a meaningful part against Suffolk," said Bradshaw. "I've been to see the physio, Tim Sheppard, and I'm going to give it a run-out against Norwich at reduced intensity."
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Norfolk currently top the group table on net run rate, but whereas they have two points from two games, both Suffolk and Lincolnshire have two points from just one match.
Said Bradshaw: "Even if we win, we are still looking at other results. What we need to do is beat Suffolk and then hope they beat Lincolnshire, which will even things up between the three of us.
"If we can beat Suffolk by a decent margin, it will help with the net run rate, but of course the first aim is just to win the game. I just hope the weather doesn't beat all of us."
Michael Eccles stands by to replace Bradshaw, while 17-year-old Jaik Mickleburgh, of Horsford and the Essex academy, is included in the 13.
Suffolk's side shows four changes to the eleven who beat Staffordshire by 16 runs in their opening group game last Sunday.
Former Lancashire and England leg-spinner Chris Schofield, who made 124 against Staffs but is on dual registration, will be playing for Surrey, while opening bowler Andrew McGarry will be playing for Essex, with whom he has a season-long contract, in a Friends Provident Trophy match in Ireland.
Justin Bishop is ruled out by a hamstring injury and Tobias Hembry is unavailable.
Two bowlers are called in - Clacton captain Martin Smith and Philip Edwards, who played for Cambridge Granta last season and is now with Old Hill in the Birmingham League. Batsman Gareth James, also of Clacton and Essex second eleven, is set for his Suffolk competitive debut.
Lincolnshire face Bedfordshire at Lincoln in tomorrow's other Group Two match, with Staffordshire sitting out this weekend's programme.
Norfolk (from): C Amos, C J Rogers, J M Spelman, T R Ward, C R Borrett, M O Wilkinson, J C Mickleburgh, L T S Newton (wicketkeeper), C Brown, P J Bradshaw (capt), I R Slegg, R J Austin, M P Eccles.
Suffolk: T B Huggins, G James, B J France, A D Mawson, N Lee, C J Warn (wicketkeeper), C A Swallow, P J Caley (capt), P D King, P Edwards, M Smith.