Fixture News | 17th June 2005

Newell - Senior bowlers must fill the gap



Date: June 19
Start time: 1pm
Game: Middlesex Crusaders v Notts Outlaws
Competition: totesport League Division One
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Our Director of Cricket says Sidebottom has been our best bowler this season and is looking to Greg Smith and AJ Harris to produce the goods in his absence.

Said Newell: "Ryan has been in great form all summer and to lose him for three weeks with a side strain is a major blow.

"It?s up to the senior bowlers to take on his workload and we have identified what we are looking for them to do."

Newell is hoping for a repeat of our performance against Lancashire Lightning last weekend, when we got our first win of the season in the totesport League.

That lifted us off the foot of Division One and Newell added it was crucial to get a second straight win before the Twenty20 Cup starts.

He said: "Our bowling and fielding has been good all year but for the first time they actually had a target they could defend and it helped us to a fairly comfortable victory.

"Apart from the first 20 overs it was a very good performance with the bat and even at the start I thought Russell Warren and Stephen Fleming did very well to hang in against a swinging ball and provide a platform from which we could build.

"We finally had wickets in hand to allow our middle-order hitters to attack in the last 10 overs and Chris Read and Mark Ealham did their job perfectly, which is what we want to happen on Sunday."

Injury news:
Sidebottom will be out for up to three weeks with a side strain picked up on day one of the Championship match against Sussex.

Darren Bicknell is again named as opener with David Alleyne also in the squad in case Bicknell?s back injury flares up again.

Squad:
Bicknell, Swann, Warren, Fleming (cap), Hussey, Read (wkt), Ealham, Patel, Clough, Smith, Harris, Alleyne.

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