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Norfolk aiming to keep up the good work in Manor Park double-header

PUBLISHED: 08:03 25 May 2018

Norfolk one-day skipper Ashley Watson, pictured in action for Norwich, took a hat-trick at Lord's for the RAF Picture: TIM FERLEY

Norfolk one-day skipper Ashley Watson, pictured in action for Norwich, took a hat-trick at Lord's for the RAF Picture: TIM FERLEY

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Norfolk captain Ashley Watson has called for high standards to be maintained when his side play their second Twenty20 double header of the season on Sunday.

Norfolk welcome Cambridgeshire to Manor Park looking to keep up the good work that has seen them beat Suffolk twice in the shortest form of the game before thrashing Bedfordshire by 10 wickets in the 50-over competition.

It has been a dream start to the campaign, but Watson will be taking absolutely nothing for granted when home supporters get their first taste of the revamped Minor Counties Twenty20 Cup, which will see the hosts take on their neighbours twice, with the first game getting under way at 11am.

“There’s no point looking too far ahead, it’s just a case of taking one game and at time and trying to win that one,” said the county’s one-day skipper.

“So far the boys have been excellent and we have just got to make sure we go into the Cambridgeshire game with the same intensity and focus that we showed against Suffolk and Beds.

“It’s a great privilege to be leading a side full of good players who are all prepared to give up their Sundays to play for their county and go out there and give 100 per cent. The challenge now is keep up the high standards because there is a lot of cricket coming up.”

Norfolk have four consecutive Sundays of one-day action on the horizon, with two more Twenty20 double headers against Bedfordshire (Dunstable, June 3) and Hertfordshire (Manor Park, June 17) and a home game against Shropshire in the Minor Counties Knock-out Trophy quarter-finals sandwiched in between (June 10).

Only after all these games does the Championship get under way with a three-day fixture against Lincolnshire at Sleaford starting on June 24.

Watson was delighted with his side’s performance last Sunday, when Sam Arthurton and Jordan Taylor knocked off the runs required after Bedfordshire had been restricted to 165 in their 50 overs, and it’s no surprise to see an unchanged 12 for Sunday, with Brett Stolworthy hoping to see some action this time.

Norfolk (from): S Arthurton, J Taylor, J Reynolds, R Taylor, S Marillier, L Denmark, B France, A Watson, R Findlay, B Coote, S Groves, B Stolworthy.

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