Saturday, May 02, 2009

Yorkshire to provide tough test

Gloucestershire travel to Yorkshire on Sunday in what is set to be the Shire's toughest test in the Friends Provident Trophy thus far.

In an extremely competitive group, away victories will come at a premium, so a win at Headingly would prove a serious scalp for Glos in their quest to qualify.

Michael Vaughan is set to play in the fixture despite twisting a knee playing football on Thursday, while the Shire have James Franklin and Ian Saxelby, who claimed 4-31 against Surrey, unavailable - this will be a major blow to the attack which will again rely on stalwarts Jon Lewis and Steve Kirby. Rob Woodman and Tom Stayt are in contention for call ups.

The Shire have shown good form in beating Sussex and Surrey at Bristol and they will need to continue their good all-round cricket if there are to be successful in the north.

In the matches so far a solid opening has eluded them with the highest stand just 20. Hopefully this can be addressed and a solid platform can be built, with one of the openers going on to make a big score.

Big scores are built on being able to develop partnerships and the Shire have managed this well but still have a terrible knack of losing wickets in succession. A more assertive effort has to be made to rebuild when a new batsman arrives at the crease, instead of allowing further pressure to be created. This will be essential against an experienced Yorkshire attack.

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