Fletcher Wary Of Surrey Threat
Match Preview | 8th August 2014
Luke Fletcher is keen not to take their next Royal London One-Day Cup game for granted despite opponents Surrey's struggles early into the competition.
The London team are yet to win and currently occupy the bottom group place with only one point from their first four games.
However, they do have a number of international stars in their ranks, including Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Fletcher believes it is only a matter of time before they come good.
“Dilshan is a fantastic player and he is bound to help Surrey in their bid to get off the bottom of the table and start picking up results,” Fletcher said.
“They have tremendous depth of batting and the absence of Jason Roy on Lions duty shouldn’t affect their ability to post big totals.
“On top of that you have some top class bowlers in the likes of Gareth Batty and Azhar Mahmood making them a hard side to beat on any day.”
With Surrey’s depth well documented, Fletcher knows it won’t be straight forward when it comes to picking up another two points.
However, with the Outlaws unbeaten so far in the group stages and showing a decent squad depth themselves, the fast bowler is confident the side can put in the performance needed.
“With Alex Hales and James Taylor away the likes of Sam Kelsall and Sam Wood have a brilliant opportunity to show what they can do,” he said.
“Steven Mullaney also showed what he's capable of, moving up the order today and scoring, which is a real marker of the versatile type of players we have.
“In the bowling stakes both Jake Ball and Ajmal Shahzad turned up tonight and bowled in the right areas to pick up a wicket apiece.”
With the £1 ticket offer still standing, Trent Bridge is expecting a sizeable crowd on Sunday and Fletcher is relishing the chance to play in front of a big crowd.
“Some of the numbers I am hearing for the crowd on Sunday are phenomenal and I can’t wait to hopefully put in a good performance and pick up a victory for the supporters."