MATCH PREVIEW | Essex Eagles v Notts Outlaws


Essex return to white-ball action on Friday and welcome Notts Outlaws to The Cloudfm County Ground for a crucial Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final match.

The Eagles earnt a direct passage to the semi-finals after a near faultless group stage which saw them finish top of the table with 14 points.

Chris Silverwood’s team suffered only one defeat, by a solitary run to Glamorgan, and looked an undeniable threat throughout the qualifying stages.

Silverwood has named a 13-man squad for Friday’s match and is backing his players to return to One-Day Cricket with a spring in their step.

He said: “The group stage went as well as we could have hoped really, finishing top of the pile and earning a home semi-final. We have backed that up with two wins and a draw in the Championship so there is plenty of confidence throughout the team.

“Of course the group stage means nothing if we can’t back it up on Friday and that is the next test for the players. Notts Outlaws are a team full of seasoned professionals and International quality players so we know it will be a massive challenge.

“Home advantage helps and we will be backed by a sell-out crowd who will be backing the players all the way and making it tough for the opposition. Lets be honest, we all dream of Lord’s finals so lets see how we do on Friday.”

Head Coach Silverwood will be without opening bowler Matt Quinn for the encounter after he suffered a back spasm against Surrey at Guildford but otherwise boasts a fully fit squad.

Essex squad
Ryan ten Doeschate (27) Captain
James Foster (7) WK
Ravi Bopara (25)
Varun Chopra (6)
Alastair Cook (26)
Simon Harmer (11)
Dan Lawrence (28)
Jamie Porter (44)
Neil Wagner (13)
Paul Walter (22)
Tom Westley (21)
Adam Wheater (31)
Ashar Zaidi (99)