The Steelbacks take the short trip to Milton Keynes tomorrow, as they host Worcestershire at Campbell Park, in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
This is the first time in three years that the County have played at the picturesque out ground, with the last game being a T20 match against the same opponents. This will also be the Steelbacks’ first home game in the competition.
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In the teams’ previous game, they kicked off their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign with a trip to Cheltenham to take on Gloucestershire. The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first, on what looked a good pitch. Skipper and opener Michael Klinger was the host’s shining light as he hit an excellent 98 to help Gloucestershire finish on 240/9. David Willey was the star with the ball, as he took four wickets for 33 from his ten overs.
In reply, the Steelbacks’ innings got off to a disastrous start, as they lost skipper Kyle Coetzer for a duck in the second over. However this brought Adam Rossington to the crease, who with Richard Levi put together an 85 run partnership, before Levi fell for 43. This didn’t halt Rossington though, as he went on to make a career best score in List A cricket, finishing on 82. Rossington’s innings went a long way in leading the Steelbacks to victory, as the visitors won by four wickets.
Worcestershire’s first and only game so far in the competition saw them host Essex at New Road. Batting first, the host’s innings could not have got off to a worse start, as they lost two wickets in the first two balls! Worcestershire struggled to recover from this start and only thanks to an unbeaten 93-run partnership between Joe Leach and Shaaiq Choudhry, were the hosts able to finish on 238/7.
In reply, Essex seemed to be in total control throughout their innings. An unbeaten century by Mark Pettini, plus half centuries from Ravi Bopara and Jesse Ryder helped the visitors reach their target with ease. They eventually won the game by 8 wickets.
David Ripley has named an unchanged 13-man squad for the game tomorrow.
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