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CRICKET: Expect no favours, Morrick tells Dinton
9:40am Friday 3rd August 2012 in Sport
Aston Rowant skipper Wesley Morrick says that leaders Dinton can expect no favours in their crunch Division 2 West title clash at Butts Way tomorrow.
Morrick’s spell of 7-54 inspired his side to a 102-run win over early pacemakers Cove last Saturday to keep them in touch with Dinton.
Whoever wins will be strong favouries to gain the one promotion place into Division 1.
And Morrick feels Rowant have the edge.
“We have the younger side, who are hungry to gain promotion,” he said.
“Dinton are a bit long in the tooth, but they do have experience on their side.”
The Bucks club have a strong spin attack, which includes former Pakistan Test player Shakil Ahmed.
“There will be no spin out there on the pitch,” warned seamer Morrick.
“The wicket will be hard and won’t turn.”
Rowant make one change from the side that beat Cove, with middle-order batsman Dan Matthews replacing Richard Cook.
At the other end of the table, Thame Town and Shipton-under-Wychwood need wins to pull away from relegation danger.
Thame entertain Cove, seeking an improved bowling display following the draw at Farnham Royal last week.
Skipper Mike Higgs said: “We had a rare bad day with the ball, but I expect the bowlers to put that right against Cove.
“Our biggest concern is scoring runs. “The batting needs to step up. If we do that, we’ll be OK.”
The one change to the Thame side sees Chris Jeffcock replacing James Neilson, who is unavailable.
Shipton, meanwhile, travel to Gerrards Cross, who are one of the teams they must beat to prevent a quick return to the Cherwell League.
It’s more than two months since Shipton’s last victory.
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