Down to the wire

Former England wicketkeeper optimistic of Notts challenge

Last Updated: 05/08/12 2:17pm

Chris Read believes Nottinghamshire will be pushed all the way by Warwickshire for the LV County Championship title.

"I have always been a big believer that until you get to the start of September, that is when things really start hotting up."

Chris Read

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The former England wicketkeeper joined Matt and Sarah on the Cricket AM sofa this morning and talked through Nottinghamshire's chances of overhauling their rivals at the top of the Division One table.

Warwickshire are playing their game in hand against Middlesex this weekend, which could see them break clear at the top of the table. But Read believes the contest will go down to the wire, especially as the two teams face each other twice more this season.

"I think it could be a close one again," he told Cricket AM. "Warwickshire have may be been the stand out team so far and are playing their game in hand now.

"So whatever points they get out of this game they are going to have a bit of a lead on us. But we have them twice in the last month so it is going to be an interesting last month of the season."

Nerves

Asked if the nerves were up to it, he said: "Absolutely. It has been a funny old season to a certain extent because of the amount of rain we have had.

"We are already in August but it feels like we haven't played a huge amount of cricket so the guys are pretty fresh and there is a lot of cricket to play.

"I have always been a big believer that until you get to the start of September, that is when things really start hotting up."

Nottinghamshire took the title back in 2010 and, while he hopes that experience will hold them in good stead for this season's showdown, Read is also the optimistic thanks to the impact of the younger members of the squad.

Experience

"It is nice to have experience and it is nice to have guys in the side that have won championships because may be the nerves don't get to you so much and you know what needs to be achieve when you get down to the crunch time," he said.

"Having said that our team and our squad has changed quite a lot and we have some good young players in the side now. I am sure that the guys who have come into the side see that we are a team that has chances to win trophies and are excited about that."