Pursuit of home tie in Unicorns Knockout Trophy quarter-finals takes Norfolk to Lincolnshire

Last month's EAPL match between Horsford and Copdock at Manor Park was cut short by the umpires beca

Last month's EAPL match between Horsford and Copdock at Manor Park was cut short by the umpires because of concerns over the pitch. Picture: Tim Ferley - Credit: Tim Ferley

The quest to secure a home quarter-final in the Unicorns Minor Counties Knockout Trophy continues in Lincolnshire for Norfolk tomorrow.

Ashley Watson's side have won their opening two matches of the competition, beating Cambridgeshire by six wickets and Northumberland by seven.

Those wins were at Manor Park though. The challenge is set to become more difficult now with trips to Lincs and then Cumberland next weekend, with at least one victory needed to ensure top spot in Group Three.

'We've still got Cumberland away so that will still be a big game for us but we want to win every game as we want to have a home quarter-final,' Watson explained. 'We've been in the quarter-finals the last four years but always been away after coming second in the group, so it would be nice to get a home quarter this time.'

Norfolk have named an unchanged team for the match at Bracebridge Heath CC, to face the group leaders, who won by 105 runs to spare at home to Cambs and by 130 runs at Cumberland.

'We've got two wins out of two and I would like to say that our confidence is very high,' Watson continued. 'But I don't want the lads to walk up and think they're going to get three out of three. Lincs beat Cumberland last week and have a very strong side this year.'

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The foundations for those big wins have been laid by openers Louis Kimber and Jonathan Tattersall for Lincs, putting on opening partnerships of 184 and 105 when batting first in both matches.

'If we can get them out early doors with Rob Taylor and Ben Coote opening up then that would be a great start,' Watson said.

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'With the newbies this year in Rob Taylor, Matt Taylor and Ben Coote who have performed really well in the last two, Matt bowled really nice in the first game but was a bit too quick in the second.'

Norfolk have fielded first in both their games, with opener Sam Arthurton starring with an unbeaten 89 from 113 balls in the victory over Northumberland last weekend

Norfolk: Sam Arthurton, Jordan Taylor, James Hale, Rob Taylor, Lewis Denmark, Robbie Bridgstock, Ashley Watson (C), Matt Taylor, Ben Coote, Brett Stolworthy, Stephen Groves (WK)

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