Essex Eagles Match Preview v Derbyshire Falcons & Yorkshire Vikings

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Following the disappointment of Friday’s abandonment with Gloucestershire, the Eagles travel to face Derbyshire Falcons at Derby on Sunday for the fifth match in the Royal London One-day Cup.

Essex Eagles start the match in third position in Group A with 5 points from four matches while the hosts are two places below with two wins and a no result, although they were deducted 2 points for an unsatisfactory pitch in a limited-overs match last season.

Yorkshire Vikings, who Essex play on Monday at Scarborough, currently lead the group having accumulated 8 points from five matches while Gloucestershire have 7 points from five games.

Assistant Coach Chris Silverwood was philosophical about Friday’s abandoned game. “Of course it was disappointing that the game was abandoned because it looked as if it was going to be a cracking game but there’s nothing that you can do about the weather,” he said.

“Hopefully, the weather will improve for us to complete our games with Derbyshire and Yorkshire. We are looking forward to those games because we know that if we play to our potential, we can beat anybody.

“Yorkshire won on Friday and are at the top of the group so that makes it even more important for us to beat them at Scarborough. It’s always a tough place to go but we are looking forward to it.”

Essex Eagles head north with a 14-man squad for the back-to-back games. Tymal Mills is named in the party but there is a doubt concerning Tim Phillips who unable to play on Friday due to illness. A top-four finish after the eight match qualifying round will book the Eagles a place in the knock-out quarter-finals. However, they will be hoping to finish in the top two, a position that will secure a home tie.

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