Fixture News | 4th September 2005

Newell expects photo finish in Championship


Notts v Gloucestershire
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Although we returned to the top of the table with victory over Glamorgan, the Director of Cricket doesn?t expect the title to be decided until the final round of matches.

He said: ?Things are so close that nothing will be sorted out for certain until we head down to Southampton to take on Hampshire and Sussex take on Kent.

?We?re 10 points ahead with a game in hand, which is great, but that advantage could be wiped out by the weather very easily to put everything back in the melting pot.

?That?s what makes bonus points so important. We?ve got to aim for 400-plus in our first innings against Gloucestershire and bowl them out in their first innings and pick up the eight points available.

?Gloucestershire have just been relegated and you have to hope that once you get on top of them their confidence would crumble, as happened in spells against Glamorgan.

?But things could just as easily be turned around if they have a good session. We must be watchful and focused over the four days to get the win under our belts.?

Injury news:
Greg Smith rested a tight hamstring in the second innings against Glamorgan last week. Mark Footitt is on stand-by if Smith fails a fitness test.

Russell Warren retains his place at number three after two half-centuries at Cardiff.

Squad:
Bicknell, Gallian (cap), Warren, Younis Khan, Hussey, Read (wkt), Ealham, Swann, Sidebottom, Smith, Harris, Footitt.

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