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Norfolk must be wary of revenge mission during T20 trip to Bedfordshire

Sam Arthurton in T20 action against Cambridgeshire at Manor Park in May 2018. Picture: Tim Ferley

Sam Arthurton in T20 action against Cambridgeshire at Manor Park in May 2018. Picture: Tim Ferley

Tim Ferley

Norfolk must be wary of a Bedfordshire revenge mission when they make the trip to Dunstable on Sunday.

Ashley Watson’s team continue their Unicorns Minor Counties Twenty20 group three games looking to get back to winning ways after losing their home double-header against Cambridgeshire last weekend.

However, that followed winning both T20 games in Suffolk on the opening day and a 10-wicket demolition of Beds in the first round of the Unicorns Knockout Trophy.

“After a 10-wicket loss in the one dayers they’ll be looking to get a good result against us,” Norfolk’s one-day skipper Watson said.

“We can’t take them lightly, even though we beat them by 10 wickets and they haven’t won a game in the T20s yet. We can’t go there and expect to walk it.”

That Trophy victory saw Rob Taylor take five wickets as Beds were bowled out for 165 at Manor Park, before openers Sam Arthurton (72) and Jordan Taylor (87) eased Norfolk to victory.

Taylor and Lewis Denmark are both unavailable this weekend though so young Horsford batsman Will Rogers – the son of former Norfolk captain Carl Rogers – will make his debut during the two T20 games

“Will’s performances this year in the league have been brilliant,” Watson said. “With Lewis and Jordan unavailable this weekend, you look at his average scores when he’s played for Horsford this year and I think it’s three 50s. So he’s the next one on the cards for us, he’s been knocking on the door.”

Last weekend Cambs won the first T20 by 55 runs and the second with three wickets to spare, leaving Norfolk fourth in group three and needing a victory to keep alive any hopes of taking top spot.

Cambs lead the way with four wins from six games but Norfolk and second-placed Hertfordshire, who host Suffolk, could draw level on Sunday.

Watson added: “Cambs are top, where you need to finish to reach finals day, and have a weekend off. It will be a big task to catch them but if we can win both games this weekend then it would all come down to June 17 (against Herts at Manor Park).”

Norfolk: Sam Arthurton, Stephen Marillier, Will Rogers, Rob Taylor, Jason Reynolds, Ben Coote, Ben France, Ryan Findlay, Ashley Watson (C), Sam Groves (WK), Brett Stolworthy


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