Match Preview | 8th July 2013
Director of Cricket Mick Newell is targeting a first LV= County Championship victory for nearly two months as his side travel to the Kia Oval to face Surrey.
Chris Read’s side remained unbeaten throughout June and the majority of May, with the Outlaws only defeat of recent months coming against Durham at Trent Bridge.
Having won four out of four in the t20 competition, Newell remains wary of the challenges faced playing Championship cricket off the back of an extended run of games in the t20 competition.
“We’ve just got to get on with it, and I think it’ll be a challenge for us to go from Durham down to London,” Newell said.
“The players will know what to expect down at the Oval. We know the different tempo of the game that we have to adjust to, so we just have to get on with it.
“We incorporated some red-ball practice in with some of our white-ball practice last week and that should stand us in a good position going into today.
“I think four wins in t20 competition is really pleasing. We weren’t playing badly in four day cricket, we haven’t won for a while, but we haven’t lost for the best part of two months.”
Having drawn the last two Championship games at home to Sussex and Derbyshire, Newell remains confident that the side can kick on during the next few months, starting with the game against Alec Stewart’s Surrey.
“The pitches in the last two games at Trent Bridge haven’t had much in them. They’ve started off with something in them, but the heavy roller has flattened the pitches out and that has made a big difference to the game and that’s probably helped lead to draws.
“We know what sort of pitch we are going to get at the Oval, we know it is going to turn and be a spinner’s wicket, so we have got to be ready for that challenge.”
With the club now challenging on all three fronts for silverware, today’s game should see a few different faces in the squad.
“Andre Adams and Luke Fletcher who haven’t played in the t20 will come into the squad, Hales and Ball will come out of the squad, but apart from that it will be a pretty similar group.
“Fletcher is aiming to be part of all formats and this gives a platform to show what he can do.
“Adams always wants to contribute to the team performance so he will be itching to get back out there.”
Nottinghamshire squad to face Surrey (from): Riki Wessels, Steven Mullaney, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, David Hussey, Chris Read (C, W), Graeme White, Ajmal Shahzad, Harry Gurney, Luke Fletcher and Andre Adams.