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Essex coach unhappy with schedule

Paul Grayson
Essex coach Paul Grayson retired from playing first-class cricket in 2005

Essex coach Paul Grayson is not happy that his side have to play in the Friends Provident Trophy final the day after finishing a four-day game.

The Eagles meet Kent at Lord's on Saturday, just hours after concluding their County Championship match with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Grayson told BBC Essex: "I think its something that needs to be looked at in the future."

"But no excuses from us, we had a few days off last week."

The meeting is the sixth between the two sides this season, the most recent being Kent's victory in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Cup.

Grayson said: "They're a side that we do not fear, it's a side we respect.

"It's a great day for somebody to really stand up and be counted, it's a very special day and I've got 100% belief we'll have a good day."

Essex have named a 15-man squad for the fixture, only Maurice Chambers is out with an ankle injury.

Alastair Cook and Ravinder Bopara are both available for selection after international duty.

see also
Kent face Essex in Lord's final
14 Aug 08 |  Counties
Route to Lord's - Essex
14 Aug 08 |  Essex
Route to Lord's - Kent
14 Aug 08 |  Kent

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