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On-song Eagles won't take it easy

NatWest T20 Blast South Group leaders Essex Eagles will attempt to keep up their good form against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

The Eagles have been the competition’s outstanding team, securing 10 wins amid just one loss in their 11 encounters thus far.

They comfortably overcame Glamorgan on Friday night – to sew up a home quarter-final - and will be hoping to grab another victory against second-from-bottom Gloucestershire.

The hosts could show a much-changed team from the side that lost to Surrey by five runs on Friday after skipper Michael Klinger lamented basic individual errors.

“It can be frustrating for a captain at times when certain players keep making the same mistakes,” Klinger told the club’s website.

Gloucestershire might be out of Blast calculations but skipper Michael Klinger has called for vast improvements against Essex Eagles

“I am not going to point the finger by talking about individuals, but we have to look at our team make-up because it can’t go on.

“The only thing we can do is come back Sunday, whether it is with the same side or bringing others in, and try to do better.

“We encourage our guys to play with freedom and that will mean errors from time to time. But you can’t keep making the same ones.

“Whether it is backing-up in the field, nailing your bowling at the end or batting without too many dot balls that put pressure on other players, we have to improve.

“All of our squad who are fit will come into contention for the Essex game, but we also have to consider the Championship match that starts the next day.

“Sometimes you can’t field your best team because you are saving players. That’s how it is with the scheduling of T20 and four-day matches at the moment.”

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