Norfolk Festival of Cricket set to start with Hertfordshire clash

Action from the 2014 Norfolk Festival of Cricket, with Norfolk's James Spelman and Garry Park battin

Action from the 2014 Norfolk Festival of Cricket, with Norfolk's James Spelman and Garry Park batting against Suffolk. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Tim Ferley

The Norfolk Festival of Cricket gets under way tomorrow when Norfolk take on Hertfordshire in their latest Unicorns Minor Counties Championship fixture.

Norfolk currently sit bottom of the table, with a game in hand, but have three successive home games to get their campaign on track.

Herts arrive at Manor Park tomorrow for the first of those three-day games, followed by Staffordshire on Sunday, July 26 and Cambridgeshire on Sunday, August 2.

Norfolk have named an unchanged team from their two-wicket defeat in Suffolk last month for the match, with skipper Chris Brown saying: 'We've only played two games so we have a game in hand and we now have four games in quick succession. We're only 25 per cent of the way through so there's still a lot of cricket to be played.

'Any Norfolk cricketer who has played in the festival knows it's a great environment to play in, with the big crowds. The members tents and jousting tents are all up already so the ground is really looking a picture.'

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Herts won by five wickets at Manor Park in Norfolk's first Unicorns KO Trophy match of the season in April – but Brown does not believe much can be read into that result.

'Their one-day side is quite different so I don't read too much into that match,' he added. 'They're are missing one of their players who we consider to be one of their most dangerous in Ben Frazer, who just seems to play one-day now. So we'll address what we need to win on the day.'

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The Norfolk Lions development side take on Essex this coming Thursday.

Play is scheduled to start at 11am each day of the Festival. Entry for non-Norfolk CCC members costs £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for seniors and £2 for 19s. Car parking is £3.

Norfolk (v Herts): James Spelman, Jordan Taylor, Sam Arthurton, Garry Park, Matthew Warnes, Ben France, Brett Stolworthy, Chris Brown (C), Ryan Findlay, Sam Groves (WK), Adam Todd.

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