Strong Second XI head to Headingley
Featured News | 29th June 2009
Assistant Manager Wayne Noon has emphasised to the Second XI players that places are up for grabs with the first team ahead of the start of the NatWest Pro40 - and they have the chance to impress against Yorkshire in the Second XI Trophy.
With Notts still to find a consistently successful formula in one-day cricket this season, Noon will field a side with a more experimental feel to it for the match, which starts at Headingley on Tuesday.
With only Jason Brown currently out injured among the senior players, Noon has one of his strongest squads for the match, which is followed by a Second XI Championship match starting on Wednesday.
He said: “With so many players fit, there are bound to be some disappointed. We need them to put in a performance and make their case as strongly as possible for selection with the firsts.
“Given how we’ve done in one-day cricket, there are places to play for.”
Notts will also be able to enjoy the first-class facilities of Headingley and Noon added: “While the small square at Trent Bridge and the number of international matches we host means it’s not usually possible to play a Second XI game here, most counties do tend to play at their first-class ground once a season.
“I know most of the coaches in charge of the other Second XIs, so I was able to arrange for four of our five away games to be at the first-class venues.
“You get better wickets and facilities, proper dressing rooms and attendants and it just feels more like a first-class match, which gives the younger players more of a taste of professional cricket.”
Squad for Second XI Trophy and Championship matches:
Paul Franks, Matt Wood, Alex Hales, Akhil Patel, Kevin O’Brien, Greg Wood (wkt), Andy Carter, Mark Footitt, Andre Adams, Sam Kelsall, Scott Elstone, Sam Wood, Kevon Cooper.
Kevin O'Brien will play in the Second XI Trophy match against Yorkshire before playing for Ireland.