Paul Grayson wants Essex Eagles to build up a head of steam going into T20 Blast quarter-final with Birmingham Bears

Paul Grayson wants Essex Eagles to get another One-Day Cup win today ahead of their T20 Blast quarter-final on Saturday

Paul Grayson wants Essex Eagles to get another One-Day Cup win today ahead of their T20 Blast quarter-final on Saturday

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ESSEX will be aiming to build up momentum when they launch their home Royal London One-Day Cup campaign this afternoon.

The Eagles face Leicestershire Foxes at Chelmsford in their first home fixture in the new 50-over competition.

And head coach Paul Grayson is hoping for victory as his team prepare for Saturday’s Nat West T20 Blast quarter-final with Birmingham Bears.

The Eagles smashed Worcestershire Rapids by eight wickets in their opening game in the One-Day Cup on Sunday and Grayson is keen to keep up the winning ways.

“Winning becomes a habit and it would be nice to go into Saturday’s match off the back of a victory today,” Grayson said.

“The games keep coming thick and fast but the players have shown they are very capable of switching between the various formats. “Obviously we have a huge game on Saturday when we meet Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast Quarter-Final but for now, we will be fully focussed on this match with Leicestershire Foxes.”

Essex will be locking horns with former player Scott Styris this afternoon as they New Zealander is the Foxes captain.

The 39-year-old had two spells playing for the Eagles in the Twenty20 competition and has taken over from Ramnaresh Sarwan after he left the midlanders due to continuing back problems.

Leicestershire lost their opening match last weekend, going down by seven wickets against Derbyshire.

The Eagles have named the same 13 players that formed the squad last Sunday at Worcester.

Essex Eagles squad: Mark Pettini, Jesse Ryder, Tom Westley , Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate (Captain), James Foster (Wicketkeeper), Tim Phillips, Graham Napier, Matt Salisbury, David Masters, Reece Topley, Greg Smith, Kishen Velani.

Today's match starts at 2pm at the Essex County Ground.

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