It's crunch time for Norfolk

Phil BanyardNorfolk may have to rely on run rate to progress in the MCCA Knockout Trophy - but skipper Carl Rogers wants his side to bat sensibly in tomorrow's final group match, at Cambridgeshire.Phil Banyard

Norfolk may have to rely on run rate to progress in the MCCA Knockout Trophy - but skipper Carl Rogers wants his side to bat sensibly in tomorrow's final group match, at Cambridgeshire.

Rogers' men, who won the competition last year, know victory tomorrow is essential to their hopes of qualification, having suffered a defeat and a rained off match before last weekend's win at home to Berkshire.

Victory tomorrow would leave Norfolk with a seven-day wait to find out if they have reached the quarter-finals as Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Berkshire complete their group fixtures next weekend.

"It's going to be interesting, fortunately our run rate was quite good last week," said Rogers. "But first of all we just need to try and win the game. If we were to bowl them out for 60 or 70 then maybe we'd have a go at knocking the runs off quickly, but anything over 100 and really you have to bat properly.


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"We are confident after the way we played last Sunday - we bowled, fielded and batted really well. Cambridgeshire will not be easy, but looking through our team, all of the individuals are playing well."

Norfolk are not expecting to find a turning pitch at Clare College tomorrow, after spinner George Walker demolished Cambridgeshire with 16 wickets in the Minor Counties Championship fixture at Horsford last year.

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Rogers added: "They may fear him a little bit, but conditions will be quite different to when we played them at Manor Park when the wicket turned quite a bit and George was pretty unplayable.

"Their batsmen might decide they want to try and attack him a bit more from the start, so it will be interesting to see how they go about it."

Wicketkeeper Stephen Gray, who was unavailable last weekend, returns in place of Richard Goodenough and Norfolk will shuffle their batting order slightly, with James Spelman moving up to open alongside Rogers and Harry Bush down to come in at seven.

Rogers said: "James deserves a chance up the order and Harry will fit in coming in later - he did very well there in the pre-season friendly against Essex and saw us home that day."

Norfolk: C Rogers (capt), J Spelman, T Ward, C Borrett, S Gray, S Arthurton, H Bush, G Walker, C Brown, P Bradshaw, M Addison.

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