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International duo primed for Royals start

Hampshire Royals can call upon international duo Sohail Tanvir and Neil McKenzie in the Yorkshire Bank 40 for the first time this season as they prepare to take on Derbyshire Falcons at the Ageas Bowl.

Tanvir and McKenzie, capped by Pakistan and South Africa respectively, have each featured in the LV= County Championship following their recent arrivals. The latter is no stranger to one-day action with Hampshire having enjoyed previous stints with the county.

Left-arm seamer Chris Wood has also been named in the Royals squad as the hosts look for a return to the top of the Group B table.

Michael Carberry, pictured, put together superb match-winning innings against Durham Dynamos and Lancashire Lightning in Hampshire’s last two 40-over contests and the left-handed opener is hoping he can continue to help his side achieve success in the competition.

“For me, it’s about continuing the form really and approach it like I would in any other format,” he said. “But for the team, it’s important we keep going well in this competition and put ourselves back at the top of the table.

“In one-day cricket, you can’t take any team lightly. We know (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul is a key wicket as well as Chesney Hughes who has gone well at the top of the order. 

“But we know if we get the ball in the right areas, we should come out on the right side of the result.”

The visitors have made one change to their squad with Alex Hughes losing his place to Dan Redfern due to injury.

Scottish Saltires are eying up their third consecutive victory at Emirates Old Trafford against Lancashire Lightning but will need to recover from a heavy defeat to new Group B leaders Durham.

Preston Mommsen’s side were skittled for 91 at the Emirates Durham ICG before succumbing to a crushing seven-wicket defeat.

“We’re professional cricketers and we are expected to bounce back, and I’ll expect that from the lads,” said the Saltires skipper.

“We have two games on the bounce now, so we have no option but to pick ourselves up and we need to come back hard.”

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