Ealham Slight Doubt For Championship Finale
Featured News | 22nd September 2009
Mark Ealham is expected to play a full part in Nottinghamshire’s LV County Championship game against Sussex despite not having fully recovered from a side strain.
Ealham, who will retire from first class cricket at the end of the season, trained in the nets on Tuesday but Charlie Shreck is on standby should he opt to sit the game out.
Shreck will require a knee operation in the winter but is keen to make himself available as Notts push for a second placed finish.
“Charlie’s knee isn’t as bad as we first feared but it wouldn’t be ideal for him to play and I’m hopeful that Mark Ealham will be passed fit to play,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“We haven’t had a four-day game for a long time but we’re keen to prove that we’re the second best team in the Championship for the second year running and that would be a great achievement for us.”
Notts stand to earn £225,000 in prize money if they finish second but Sussex must win to avoid relegation and will be keen to cause an upset.
Alex Hales and Bilal Shafayat will open the batting for Notts and Akhil Patel is also in contention for a place after being named in Newell’s 13-man squad.
Nottinghamshire: Alex Hales, Bilal Shafayat, Mark Wagh, Samit Patel, Akhil Patel, Matt Wood, Ali Brown, Chris Read, Mark Ealham, Luke Fletcher, Andre Adams, Darren Pattinson
Mark Wagh and Mark Ealham