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Gillespie wants big Yorkshire performance

Yorkshire Vikings head coach Jason Gillespie has told his side they need to win the remainder of their Friends Life t20 games, if they are to reach the quarter-finals, starting with the clash against Notts Outlaws at Headingley. 

Yorkshire find themselves second bottom in the North Group but just three points behind the second-placed Outlaws with four games remaining, and the former Australia bowler wants to see his side put in a strong performance against the Trent Bridge outfit to keep alive their hopes of a spot in the last eight.

“I think we realise we need to win everything in T20 now, so we'll do our best to get that done,” he told the county’s website.

“Notts are a top side in all forms. We're going to need to play really good cricket, but we're confident that we can give them a good shake.”

Gillespie welcomes back captain Andrew Gale in place of the injured Phil Jaques, who misses out with a rib injury.

Notts are looking to recover from back-to-back defeats that have allowed Lancashire Lightning to replace them at the top of the table.

Elsewhere in the North Group, third face fourth as Derbyshire Falcons host Durham Dynamos. The visitors have named Paul Collingwood in their squad, after the former England all-rounder missed Friday’s dramatic victory over Notts with a thumb injury.

Derbyshire, who have lost their last three, will look to in-form Albie Morkel to make a difference against his former club.

South Group leaders Hampshire Royals hope to welcome Neil McKenzie back from injury as they look to take another step towards the quarter-finals with a victory against winless Kent Spitfires.

McKenzie, who has scored a combined 128 in three innings since he was last dismissed in the FLt20, missed the victories against Middlesex and Surrey but is expected to return to contention.

Kent have lost all five of their fixtures in the competition and are expected to blood some youngsters, with Daniel Bell-Drummond, Fabian Cowdrey and Ashley Shaw all in line make their first FLt20 appearances of the season.

Third-placed Essex Eagles can move into second with a win at Sussex Sharks, and are unchanged from the squad that beat Surrey by eight wickets in their last outing.

Somerset host Warwickshire Bears in the Midlands/Wales/West Group, with both sides sitting two points off second place.

The visitors will take an unchanged 13-man squad, while Somerset are likely to name the same side that recorded a 64-run victory over Glamorgan.

Glamorgan’s 13-man squad that took part in that encounter will travel to Cheltenham to play bottom side Gloucestershire Gladiators, while leaders Northants Steelbacks will hope to bounce back from their defeat against Warwickshire on Saturday as they travel to sixth-placed Worcestershire Royals.

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