Grayson wants Eagles to keep soaring

PUBLISHED: 16:30 18 June 2015

Jesse Ryder hits out for the Essex Eagles (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Jesse Ryder hits out for the Essex Eagles (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Head coach confident of continuing renaissance in T20 Blast

The Essex Eagles continue their NatWest T20 Blast with back-to-back matches starting with a trip to Canterbury tonight to face Kent Spitfires.

Head oach Paul Grayson is understandably delighted at the manner in which his squad have turned around their season in the competition.

“We always had confidence in the group that they would turn around that early season form,” he said.

It was a tough start because of injuries and players unavailability but we knew that, once everyone had returned and we got a bit of confidence back, we would prove ourselves to be a good limited overs side.

“If we can get a win against Kent, and follow-up with victory over Glamorgan, then the competition will be starting to look good for us but we know that both those sides will be a stiff challenge for us.

The Eagles have named a 13-man squad for the away match, including David Masters and Reece Topley, who both missed the LV= County Championship win against Derbyshire.

Grayson added: “David has been suffering with a groin strain, although we expect him to be for both Twenty20 matches, while we are having to monitor carefully Reece’s recovery programme following his back injury,”

The Essex players enjoyed an unscheduled day’s rest by beating Derbyshire inside three days, and Paul Grayson acknowledges the demands of a heavy schedule.

“It’s been tough for all county players in the last two or three weeks with all the LV=CC matches and NatWest T20 Blast games, It’s been a crazy schedule.

“As coaches, we ask players to put in a real shift in. They do the hard work and so it’s nice for our players that they can get their feet up for a well-earned rest.

Essex Eagles Squad to face Kent Spitfires (A): Mark Pettini, Jesse Ryder, Tom Westley, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate, Nick Browne, James Foster, Kishen Velani, Graham Napier, David Masters, Shaun Tait, Reece Topley, Aron Nijjar.

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