Essex will select from a 14-man squad when they embark on their ground-breaking mission meeting Holland in Amstelveen on Friday in the Clydesdale Bank40 competition.
It will be the first time that the two sides have met in competitive action and the county will be anxious to extend their winning run. Having won the last two matches in the competition they seek to maintain the pressure on early pace-setters Yorkshire, who are unbeaten in four matches thus far, to lead second-placed Essex by three points
Although Essex have no injury worries, they will be missing four members of the first-team squad.
Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara are playing for England Lions against Bangladesh in the four-day match at Derby; Danish Kaneria is unavailable for this match. This is as due to his delayed arrival in the UK preventing him from obtaining a visa for entry into the Netherlands in time for the game. Tom Westley has returned to Durham University to continue his studies.
Holland have lost both their matches in Group B but Ryan ten Doeschate knows that the home side can offer their opponents a difficult challenge. The Essex all-rounder is well-versed with the strengths and weaknesses of the home side having represented the Netherlands at international level although he opted to play for his county in this competition.
“I do have a bit of an inside knowledge about their game of course having played alongside their guys for quite a while now,” he said. “The Holland side are capable of causing an upset and we’ll be fully aware of that but they are prone to inconsistency in form”.
“I guess that is the hallmark of amateur cricket; that you can’t maintain the best levels in performance all the time but they do have a few dangerous players. They are becoming more and more professional all the time so they must not be under-estimated, although, having said that, if we are at the top of our game then we should win.”
Essex: Mark Pettini, Billy Godleman, Jaik Mickleburgh, Grant Flower, Matt Walker, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster, Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Chris Wright, Maurice Chambers, John Maunders, Michael Comber,