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Norfolk prepare for first festival fixture against Buckinghamshire

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 July 2016

Action from the final match of the 2015 Norfolk Festival of Cricket, against Cambridgeshire at Manor Park, skipper Chris Brown bowling. Picture: Tim Ferley

Action from the final match of the 2015 Norfolk Festival of Cricket, against Cambridgeshire at Manor Park, skipper Chris Brown bowling. Picture: Tim Ferley

Tim Ferley

The Norfolk Festival of Cricket gets under way when Buckinghamshire arrive at Manor Park on Sunday.

Both teams are looking for the first win of their Unicorns Minor Counties Championship season, with Norfolk drawing at Cambridgeshire and losing at Staffordshire so far.

The hosts make one change to the team which lost by 145 runs at Staffs, with Jordan Taylor available again and replacing Robbie Bridgstock.

With Adam Todd still recovering from an Achilles and calf problem, Tom Oxley gets another chance to impress with the ball. The 19-year-old is Swardeston’s top wicket taker in the East Anglian Premier League so far this year, with 26 wickets and a strike-rate of 27.19.

“Tom’s first innings at Staffs he bowled well (1-37 in 10 overs) and looked threatening on occasions but he only got a few overs in the second innings, he’ll get some more chances now though,” said skipper Chris Brown, who is closing on his 500th wicket for Norfolk, 412 of which have come in Championship cricket.

“He’s very tall and has got good pace, so we’ll look to use him in short sharp bursts.”

The fixture brings Bucks to Norfolk for the first time since 2013, as the annual showpiece festival begins at Manor Park.

“The ground looks magnificent, the marquee is up, the members and sponsors tents are up and the players are all looking forward to the festival starting,” Brown added.

Daily admission to the festival matches is free to members, £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for seniors and £2 for under-19s, with parking £3.

Norfolk Lions also have a match during the festival, when they take on Huntingdonshire in the East of England Development Competition on Thursday, July 28 – for which admission will be free.

Norfolk (v Bucks): Sam Arthurton, James Spelman, Ben France, Lewis Denmark, Garry Park, Ashley Watson, Jordan Taylor, Chris Brown (C), Sam Groves (WK), Tom Oxley

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