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Graham Napier: We are all fired up to reach the last four
1:00pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in Sport
ESSEX captain Graham Napier is sure his team will be fired up for tonight’s Friends Life T20 quarter-final against Nottinghamshire.
Despite last week’s 61-run loss to Surrey that almost put an end to the Eagles’ T20 hopes, Napier is not expecting the result to affect his side.
“The Surrey game has been and gone and we’re looking forward to playing at Trent Bridge,” he said.
“It’s a great ground to play at and the players are ready for it.
“We haven’t played the Outlaws yet this season so it will be as new for us as it is for them.
“I’m sure they’ll want to keep their fans happy by beating us but we’re taking a coach-load of supporters up there and I know they’ll make plenty of noise and roar us on.”
Australian fast bowler and T20 specialist Shaun Tait will be one player looking to make an impact and his skipper is full of praise for the renowned paceman.
“Shaun has been brilliant around the place and he’s great at using his knowledge of this particular format to help the team,” he said. “He’s a dangerman and somebody who can change games quickly in our favour.
“But we’ve also got Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate, to name just two.
“Right through the team, we’ve difference.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to get to the finals day of the tournament.
“If we get there then we have a real chance so it’s up to us to make that happen.”