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Essex gunning for revenge over Sharks
6:30pm Thursday 28th June 2012 in Sport
EAGLES will look for revenge against southern group league leaders Sussex Sharks tonight after the south coast county won the reverse fixture at Sunday at Hove.
The Sharks recorded a 19-run victory that ended the Eagles’ three-match unbeaten run in the competition.
Eagles captain James Foster admits his side are in a tough group in the qualifying stages.
“I can imagine that it could go right down to the wire before we know who the qualifiers from this group are going to be,” he said.
“Sussex played well last Sunday, no doubt about that. But we are looking forward to the return at Chelmsford.
“I thought we showed a lot of character at Hove in the way we got close to their total, but they are a tough outfit.
“But even though we lost down there, we still have the confidence that the recent three wins gave us and we feel that we can turn the tables on them. “Ultimately that’s what it’s all about - having the belief.”
Foster said three consecutive T20 wins last week had helped Essex “rediscover a winning formula”.
He said: “In T20 cricket, it’s about trying not to panic when you are chasing down the runs – which is a lot easier said than done – and trying to keep a clear head. With the ball, I feel that we’ve been quite clever in the way our guys have bowled and we’ve been quite effective.”
The County Ground will stage three matches in three days starting today.
England Women’s squad face India in a NatWest International T20 at 3.10pm, before Essex entertain Sussex at 7pm.
And tomorrow night Hampshire Royals visit to play in front of a sell-out crowd.
Essex will select from a 14-man squad against Sussex, but batsman Owais Shah is still out with a calf strain.
Essex squad: Foster, Pettini, Franklin, Westley, Smith, ten Doeschate, Napier, Phillips, Wheater, Comber, Masters, Mills, Chambers, Topley.
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