Essex short of bowlers for busy weekend

Echo: Paul Grayson - could look to bring in another bowler on loan Paul Grayson - could look to bring in another bowler on loan

ESSEX head in to a busy weekend of action desperately short of bowlers.

The Eagles host Glamorgan tonight in their first home T20 Blast game of the season before starting a County Championship clash with Surrey on Sunday.

However, they will do so without Oliver Newby whose loan spell from Lancashire has been cut short by a hamstring injury.

Essex also have concerns about David Masters, Graham Napier, Reece Topley and Tymal Mills.

And Essex’s head coach Paul Grayson could therefore have to bring reinforcements on loan.

“We did only have a couple of fit so it may be a case of getting somebody in loan for the weekend,” said Grayson.

"It's all hands to the pump for the physio at the moment."

But one man who does look likely to figure is New Zealand international Jesse Ryder.

He helped the Eagles kick off their T20 campaign with an eight wicket win at Middlesex last week, scoring 15 runs off of 13 balls.

And, with his sharpness starting to return, Ryder is now looking to make even more of an impact.

“I hadn’t played for a couple of months before coming to Essex so I’ve been a bit rusty but these early games will blow away the cobwebs and I want to get a few runs,” said Ryder.

“I want to be turning a few heads and I’m looking forward to getting involved with the Twenty20 again.

“It was a good win last week with the skipper (Mark Pettini) scoring 95 so now we want to carry on that momentum and get another good result.”

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