County ring the changes for Loughborough encounter

Christian Davis will be in the Northamptonshire side to face Loughborough MCCU
Christian Davis will be in the Northamptonshire side to face Loughborough MCCU
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Having only arrived back home yesterday afternoon following their futile trip to Holland, Northamptonshire will probably be quite grateful their next action is a lot closer to home.

The County embark on a game against Loughborough MCCU today with just a short trip up the M1 required.

But while most of the players who spent two days unnecessarily travelling to and from the Netherlands will be putting their feet up, head coach David Ripley will be in Leicestershire and he is pleased to have the chance of a close look at the some of the club’s fringe players.

“We’ve been reasonably creative with the side which should give most of the lads an extra couple of days to recover from the travelling,” Ripley said.

“It’s a first-team game against Loughborough even if it isn’t a first-class fixture.

“That adds a little bit to it.

“It means the score will be on teletext and on the websites and gives a few of the other players in the squad a chance to get a bit of attention.

“From my point of view it will be nice to spend a few days with these lads.

“I haven’t maybe had the chance to get much of a look at some of them this season so it will be good for me.

“And it is also a chance for them to shine as well.”

Kyle Coetzer will captain the side on his return to the club having filled the same role for Scotland in their recent matches against Pakistan.

David Murphy also returns from international duty north of the border while the likes of Christian Davis, Rob Keogh, Sam Sweeney, Luke Evans, Vicram Sohal and Mohammad Azharullah will also feature in the match.