Norfolk look to Luke Caswell in MCCA Knockout Trophy clash against Shropshire

Luke Caswell returns to the Norfolk side today.

Luke Caswell returns to the Norfolk side today. - Credit: Copyright Archant Norfolk Ltd

Norfolk skipper Chris Brown hopes Luke Caswell will continue his fine start to the season when he comes into the county side for their second MCCA Knockout Trophy match of the season, against Shropshire at Manor Park today (11am).

Horsford all-rounder Caswell bagged five-wicket hauls in each of his club side's first two East Anglian Premier League games, but was unavailable for Norfolk's 91-run at Wiltshire last month.

The left-arm seamer, pictured, will take the place of Harry Bush, who took five wickets against Wiltshire, but is on duty with Leicestershire's second team this week.

Brown said: 'Luke is bowling beautifully at the moment and we're looking for him to play a prominent role. He's worked really hard at his game over the winter and he's the type of player who will improve because he practises hard.

'He came to the Nottinghamshire Academy with me last Monday and the academy director Chris Tolley did some work with him. Luke is swinging the ball back in to the right hander which as a left armer will always be dangerous.'


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Caswell initially replaced Dominic Reed in the Norfolk line-up, and when Bush pulled out, Brown approached fellow spinner and former captain George Walker about returning to the side: 'George said he feels he needs a bit more time, but he's not too far away and he's getting his confidence back,' said Brown.

As a result, Reed, who did not get a chance to bowl on his county debut at Wiltshire, came back into the side, with Brown adding: 'Dominic will get the chance to bowl on Monday. I explained the situation to him and he is fine with it.

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'Looking at the pitch we were keen to play an extra spinner. I did consider (Horsford team-mate) Ryan Findlay, but unfortunately in our first two league games we didn't have a great deal of runs to play with, so he hadn't bowled that much. He's also now playing for Northants' second team this week.'

Brown is keen for Norfolk to build on their impressive start to the campaign in a competition where they have not qualified from the group stages since winning the final in 2009.

'It's our first home game and with it being a Bank Holiday I'm sure there will be a good crowd,' he said. 'I think there is still room for improvement from the Wiltshire game. I thought the score we got there was 20 or 30 runs light and not all the bowlers had the chance to bowl because myself and Harry bowled them out, so we can definitely get better.'

Shropshire include former Nottinghamshire batsman Bilal Shafayat, who played for Hampshire last season. They also won their opening match, against Lincolnshire, by six wickets and they head to Norfolk after a 37-run win against Suffolk at Ipswich yesterday.

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