Tuesday 24 July 2007 

Essex Name Squad To Take On Gloucestershire

Essex have named a 12-man squad for their LV County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol, starting on Wednesday (July 25).

The four-day match had originally been scheduled to take place at Cheltenham College but has been moved to the County Ground.

Gloucestershire Chief Executive Tom Richardson told his county’s website (www.gloscricket.co.uk): “Due to the lack of tap water and the fact that this shortage is going to on longer than anticipated means that we can no longer stage the match and therefore we had no other option. The middle and the north of the county have had a terrible battering and our hearts go out to them. Whilst we consider our cricket matches and what we do to be important it pales in to insignificance compared to the traumatic experiences suffered by many people. We thought hard about what to do about this game and consider that we should go ahead and play it and therefore have moved the fixture to Bristol.”

Essex are still without Danish Kaneria (stiff back) and Tim Phillips (shoulder) through injury as they prepare for their second successive Championship match in the west country on the back of a trip to Somerset.

The County remain in third position in Division Two after their visit to Taunton, one spot away from the promotion places.

Essex First Team Coach Paul Grayson spoke to the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk) ahead of the match about the injury situation and his side’s promotion prospects:

“We are hoping that the work Danish Kaneria has been doing in the gym will mean he will be available for our next Championship match (against Gloucestershire at Southend). Tim Phillips is continuing his rehabilitation in the 2nd XI this week as a batsman and we’ll reassess his situation when we return to Essex.

“Having outplayed the best side in the Division over three days at Taunton (before rain washed out the final day) we now take a lot of confidence into the remainder of the season. With Somerset and Nottinghamshire (the current top two) playing each other twice over the last few weeks of the season it should give us an opportunity to catch up one if not both teams.”

Essex squad to play Gloucestershire at Bristol, LV County Championship (Wednesday July 25 to Saturday July 28)

Mark Pettini
Varun Chopra
Ravinder Bopara
Grant Flower
James Foster
Ryan ten Doeschate
James Middlebrook
Andy Bichel
Alex Tudor
Graham Napier
Tony Palladino
Tom Westley

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