Fixture News | 1st May 2007
Surrey provide promotion blueprint
Graeme Swann claims Nottinghamshire should follow the example of Surrey and make sure they immediately return to Division One of the Championship.
LV County Championship Division Two
May 2-5: Notts v Glamorgan
Start time: 11am
Tickets cost £12 for adults and £6 for concessions.
After dropping only one point from their opening two matches, Notts host Glamorgan while sitting pretty at the top of the table - and Swann wants them to stay there for the rest of the season.
He said: “None of us want to be playing second division cricket. We are faced with doing that this year because of our own mistakes, but we’re all determined to make sure it’s just for the one season.
“Surrey bounced straight back when they were relegated two years ago and that’s the template for us to follow. We’ve had to battle hard for our two wins but we stuck at it and got the rewards.
“Last week’s victory against Gloucestershire was really tough and at tea I thought it might be a bridge too far to prise them out.
“Taking that final wicket at 5.50pm on Saturday was a very sweet feeling and I think that carried us through against Northants in the Friends Provident Trophy the next day.
“But this is only the start and we won’t be letting up. Glamorgan are an unpredictable side - they may have just lost to Essex but have some very good players in the squad.
“There’s no way we will be taking them lightly with batsmen like Matthew Elliott, David Hemp and Michael Powell in the squad. They’ll be missing Simon Jones and David Harrison but Robert Croft will hold the bowling together.”
Will Jefferson is being given more time to recover from his niggling hamstring injury, while AJ Harris is a doubt with a heel injury picked up against Gloucestershire.
Charlie Shreck is likely to replace Harris if he doesn’t recover in time.
Gallian, Shafayat, Wagh, Hussey (capt), Patel, Read (wkt), Ealham, Franks, Swann, Sidebottom, Harris, Shreck.
Glamorgan one to watch:
Michael Powell - The 30-year-old batsman enjoyed a career-best season in 2006, with 1327 runs in the Championship at an average of 51.03, including four hundreds and a career-best of 299 against Gloucestershire.
A former contender for England honours, he’s already hit a century this season against Oxford UCCE and will be a key wicket for the Notts bowling attack.
Glamorgan squad: Elliott, Cherry, Wallace (wkt), Powell, Hemp (capt), Wright, Watkins, Wharf, Croft, Waters, Harris, Adam Harrison, Cosker.