Fixture News | 25th July 2007

Notts ready for crucial LV clash

AJ Harris expects spinners Graeme Swann and Rob Ferley to come away with the glory when Notts head to Wantage Road to take on Northamptonshire.

LV County Championship Division Two
July 26-29: Northants v Notts
Start time: 11am

While the experienced seamer is back fit and ready to open the bowling following a niggling knee injury, the County Ground's reputation as a spinner's wicket means that the slow bowlers are likely to take centre stage.

The match begins an important run of games for Notts in the Championship, with table-topping Somerset to follow.

But Harris is confident they can collect plenty of points to close the gap on the Cidermen, particularly with Swann and Ferley in the side.

He said: "Jason Brown is always dangerous on his home track and Northampton favours the spinners. We'll have to be conscious of that and there's a possibility we'll go spin-heavy ourselves.

"With our two spinners though, we can go into the game with confidence. Our focus at the moment is just trying to extend our lead on the teams below us."

The bad weather of the past six weeks has meant that Notts slipped from an early lead in Division Two, but Harris insists their confidence has not been affected.

He added: "We're not the only people who've been hit by the rain. We saw that last week when Somerset and Essex drew at Taunton, which was pretty much the perfect result for us.

"There's certainly no panic ourselves. We don't really worry about those kind of things and just try and get as much as we can out of each game."

Squad:
Gallian, Fleming (capt), Wagh, Patel, Hussey, Read (wkt), Ealham, Swann, Hogg, Ferley, Harris, Francis.

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