Shreck recalled to Nottinghamshire from Kent loan

Charlie Shreck
Shreck played only five Championship games last season

Nottinghamshire have recalled pace bowler Charlie Shreck from his loan spell with Kent to play in the Championship match with Hampshire.

Shreck, who has been hampered by injuries in the last two years, played in Kent's match with Essex last week.

Director of cricket Mick Newell said: "We've picked up a couple of injuries but Charlie has had a good four days at Kent and he's ready to go.

"This time last week we had six fit seamers and now we're down to four."

Notts have lost Darren Pattinson (hamstring) and Andy Carter (abdominal strain) to minor injuries during their preparation for the four-day match which begins on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Newell says all-rounder Paul Franks will open the batting for the county in the Championship this season.

Franks, who helped Notts win the title last year, scored 651 Championship runs last season and took 41 wickets.

Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He did it pretty effectively at the end of last season.

"He's a good player of quick bowling, better than at spin bowling, so I think it will suit his game."

Franks has made a good start to the season with scores of 30 not out and 73 batting at eight, in the 174-run defeat to the MCC in the traditional curtain raiser to the new season.

"Hopefully he can get us off to a start that the middle and late order can build on," Newell added.

Paul Franks
Franks has scored 5,897 first-class runs and taken 476 wickets

Notts begin the defence of their Championship crown at home to Hampshire on Thursday and Newell says there is an air of anticipation in the dressing room.

"We're all excited and we want to get started now we have seen Yorkshire and Lancashire get off to fliers last weekend," he said.

"The early season wins are always important. If you can sneak some wins in while the weather is a little bit chilly and possibly wet, those wins can stand you in good stead, as we found out last year.

"I'm pretty happy with where we are at but it's not about talking, it's about being ready to play Hampshire and taking the season on from there."