Norfolk start Unicorns Minor Counties Championship campaign in Wisbech

Sam Groves, pictured in action against Lincolnshire in the Knockout Trophy, comes back into the Norf

Sam Groves, pictured in action against Lincolnshire in the Knockout Trophy, comes back into the Norfolk team against Cambs. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Norfolk begin their Unicorns Minor Counties Championship season with the short trip to Wisbech to take on Cambridgeshire tomorrow.

The start of the three-day campaign follows a positive start to the season for Norfolk, after qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Knockout Trophy one-day competition.

That takes Chris Brown's team away from home in the quarters for the fourth successive season, to Staffordshire on Sunday, June 12.

First up is the opening three-day match though, with Norfolk looking to improve on sixth place and winning just one of their three Eastern Division matches last season.

There are two changes to the team which lost to Cumberland by six wickets in the Knockout Trophy group decider at Fakenham last weekend.


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Opening batsman James Spelman returns – having ruled himself out of one-day games this season – looking to build on consistent displays last season, averaging 45.60 and finishing with a highest score of 121.

Great Witchingham wicketkeeper Sam Groves also comes in, taking over the gloves from Horsford's Darrin Smith.

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They take on a Cambs side including two debutants, Burwell's Ben Seabrook and 16-year-old left-arm spinner Harrison Craig, who took 51 wickets for Nassington in Cambs Division One last year.

Norfolk: James Spelman, Sam Arthurton, Jordan Taylor, Ben France, Lewis Denmark, Garry Park, Ashley Watson, Chris Brown (C), Brett Stolworthy, Sam Groves (WK), Adam Todd

Cambs: Peter Richer, Nesan Jeyaratnam, Asim Butt, Ben Smith, Ben Seabrook, James Williams, Lewis Bruce (C), Josh Bowers (WK), Joe Dawborn, Sam Rippington, Harrison Craig

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