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by David Fraser-Darling Thursday 20 June 2019
As happens more often than not in the week leading up to the Tour, selection issues always seems to be at the top of the list. 2019 is playing true to form as previous years.
Having already lost Richard Wharton (joined London Fire Brigade), Lewis Jones (now on holiday), Ben Dowling (injury) and Andy Sidgreaves (illness) news filtered through a couple of days ago that the vice Capt had torn his cruciate whilst having a kick around with his little lad. Football eh.......should have stuck to some thrown downs!! Let's just hope all injuries are shaken off in the near future.
The call went out for a replacement and once again PSNI responded having already supplied Simon Olphert the replacement wicketkeeper for Wharton. He will be joined on the plane from Belfast by Scott Campbell, a LH opening bat and LAS orthodox. These 2 will join the other 5 debutants of Stuart Drakeley (Kent), Mike Samuel (S.Wales), Sean Tindale (Durham), Craig Grimley (Notts) and Shaun Smith (Northumbria).
Mick Martin (Gwent) (Captain) Ted Roe (Wilts) Adam Phillips (Merseyside) Alan Davidson (Scotland) Duncan Midgley (N.Wales) Mitchell Harris (Gwent) Dean Skelton (BTP) Matt Storey (Northumbria) Jehangir Baig (W. Mids) Sean Tindale (Durham) Shaun Smith (Northumbria) Stuart Drakeley (Kent) Craig Grimley (Notts) Simon Olphert (PSNI) Mike Samuel (S. Wales) Scott Campbell (PSNI)
OFFICIALS Ray Knowles (Umpire) Neil Vaughan (Umpire) Peter Mitchell (Scorer) Ian Dowling (Sports Therapist)
MANAGEMENT David Fraser-Darling (Manager) Simon Young (Assistant Manager) Graham Shaw (Assistant Manager) Craig Greyvenstein (Transportation)
Monday 24 Lincolnshire CCC XI at Woodhall Spa CC Tuesday 25 British Army at Calverton CC Wednesday 26 Royal Navy at Farnsfield CC Thursday 27 National Asian Cricket Conference at Hucknall CC Friday 28 Bassetlaw League XI at Thoresby Colliery CC
All Matches are due to start at 1100 (50 overs a side) apart from Friday which will be 1200 due to work commitments required by some of the opposition.
The NACC fixture at Hucknall has been nominated as Sponsors Day for which invitations have been sent and accepted by:-
G4S Motorola Solutions Arc Legal George Burrows, NARPO Eco Fire Safety Tiflex - Ball Supplier
This is a change to previous years where Match Sponsors attended their own fixture and bringing them all together will allow for some networking etc to take place and hopefully be entertained by some decent cricket during the day.
Fingers crossed for a dry spell (any sun will be a bonus) to enable us to compete the 5 matches
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