Fixture News | 3rd May 2005

Wales will suffer, says Ealham

Date: May 4
Start time: 11am
Game: Notts v Wales Minor Counties
Competition: C & G Trophy Round One

The experienced all-rounder says frustration at losing our opening three matches in the totesport League will be unleashed on the minor counties side in the first round of the C & G Trophy.

Said Ealham: "We?re not happy with how we have started the one-day season and Wales may suffer because of it.

"It?s important to get on a roll in cup competitions. A good win builds confidence that you can take into the next round and that?s what we?re aiming for.

"In my experience, the minor counties always give you a difficult game ? as Wiltshire did against us last season - but generally the first-class sides come through.

"Playing away levels things up to an extent. You never know what the pitch and facilities will be like and that?s why the first-class counties don?t want to have a mandatory away game.

"I?m sure the minor counties would also love to have the chance to play at first-class or international grounds but those are the rules and we will stick by them.

"Bearing in mind we will be coming back to Swansea later in the season to play Glamorgan Dragons in the totesport League, it will have some benefits."

Injury news:
Paul Franks? rib injury will not be risked for the trip to Swansea but he hopes to be fit for Friday?s Championship clash with Surrey.

AJ Harris is close to a return from his groin problem and travels with the squad.

Squad:
Fleming (cap), Swann, Gallian, Hussey, Warren, Read (wkt), Ealham, Clough, Patel, Sidebottom, Smith, Singh, Harris.

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