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Outlaws target another victory

Notts Outlaws, the only unbeaten side in the Yorkshire Bank 40, will aim to keep up their 100% record when they tackle last year’s runners-up Warwickshire Bears at Trent Bridge tomorrow.

Notts have won five out of five so far in Group A, a record that is in stark contrast to their opponents’; the Bears have emerged victorious just once in six and are second bottom.

Elsewhere in the division, third-placed Northants Steelbacks will tackle Sussex Sharks, while Worcestershire Royals are taking on the Netherlands.

Group B leaders Essex Eagles - who have concerns over left-arm spinner Tim Phillips due to a back injury - will look to extend their advantage against second-bottom Lancashire Lightning with Durham Dynamos, in third, attempting to close the gap against the Scottish Saltires.

The hosts are set to field an unchanged XI at the Emirates Durham ICG following their victory over the Red Rose two weeks ago, with Scotland boosted by the return of all-rounder Majid Haq, pictured.

Gloucestershire Gladiators could leapfrog Somerset, who are facing Leicestershire Foxes, at the top of Group C with victory over Yorkshire Vikings.

The Foxes, who outstandingly chased down 324 to beat Somerset in the reverse fixture, will be without Robbie Williams due to an elbow problem - although Alex Wyatt and Anthony Ireland are back in the reckoning.

Teenagers Ryan Gibson, Will Rhodes and Ben Coad have been named in the White Rose’s squad, with Phil Jaques (abdominal strain), Gary Ballance (virus) and Jack Brooks (broken thumb) still out. Seamers Steven Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom will likely be rested.

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