Fletcher Ready For
Red-Ball Return

Featured News | 2nd August 2013

Nottinghamshire make their return to four-day cricket today, with a fixture against seventh-placed Somerset in Taunton.

After completing the journey south, Luke Fletcher is part of a buoyant Notts camp. 

“The mood around the lads is very good. After the success we’ve had in the t20, getting the home quarter final, everyone is in good spirits and we’re looking forward to the game” he said.

“We’ve had an excellent net session ahead of the game, the bowlers have bowled well and the batsmen are hitting it nicely.”

Nottinghamshire are returning to the LV=CC after the culmination of the group stage in this season’s Friends Life t20 competition, which saw the Outlaws top the North Group. For Fletcher, however, it’s part and parcel of the cricketing summer.

“Everyone’s used to it by now,” he said.

“It’s the way the season works and we’ve been doing it for years in the past and it won’t be any different this time around.

"It’s up to us to take our white-ball form into this fixture," Luke Fletcher.

“Momentum is everything in cricket. A lot has been made of how well we’ve been playing in white-ball cricket, and it’s up to us to take that form into this fixture.

“There are five games left, and there’s every chance that we can finish strongly. The top four places get paid, and we’re looking to finish strongly.”

Notts go into the fixture one place higher than their opponents in the Division One table, and despite being 41 points adrift of second-placed Sussex, Fletcher is sure that the side have enough left to challenge for those top places.

“This is two teams who consider themselves at the wrong side of the table, and both sides will be looking for a result,” he said.

“The pitch always tends to turn down here, and Somerset have a couple of top class spinners, it’ll make for interesting batting and bowling. 

“There has been a lot of talk of how long it’s been since we won at Taunton, but it’s not something we think about, or include in our pre-match thoughts.

“A lot has been made of how good Somerset are in the t20, but we’ll be turning up knowing that with the talent we have in the team, we can go out and win this match.”

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