Norfolk begin preparations with a trip to Essex


Norfolk begin their preparations for the new season with a trip to Frinton on Saturday for their usual pre-season warm-up game against Essex II.

The county's one-day side will be under the leadership of new one-day captain Ashley Watson for the first time – Chris Brown remains skipper of the Unicorns Championship team.

New professional Rob Taylor, and namesake Matthew Taylor, will make their first senior appearances.

Team: JM Spelman, SS Arthurton, JG Taylor, RML Taylor, LRK Denmark, BJ France, AM Watson (captain), BD Coote, MJG Taylor, BW Stolworthy, SJ Groves (wicket-keeper), AD Todd.

Norfolk's first match is on Monday, May 1 when they host Cambridgeshire in the Unicorns Knockout Trophy, followed by another home game, against Cumberland, on May 7. The opening Unicorns Championship game is against Hertfordshire, at Hertford, from June 4-6.

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