By Callum Dent
West Indies international Darren Sammy is set to make his debut for Glamorgan in their NatWest T20 Blast South Group clash with Sussex Sharks at the SWALEC Stadium tomorrow night.
The Welsh county pulled off a coup this week by announcing the signing of the 30-year-old, who worked with Glamorgan head coach Toby Radford when the Windies won the World T20 two years ago.
Sammy is included in a 14-man squad that also boasts fellow all-rounder Graham Wagg and batsman Stewart Walters.
Former Surrey player Tom Lancefield, batsman David Lloyd and on-loan Middlesex seamer Tom Helm miss out.
The Sharks will be without England all-rounder Chris Jordan, who is impressing during the Royal London One-Day Series against Sri Lanka, as they attempt to bounce back from defeat to Hampshire in their last outing, a loss which ended a two-match winning run.
Matt Prior will make his return from an Achilles problem and could play as just a batsman, although his comeback could yet be held back until Sunday for the LV= County Championship Division One clash with Nottinghamshire at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.
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Kevin Pietersen will not make his first appearance of the season for Surrey in the London derby with Middlesex Panthers at the Kia Oval.
The batsman misses out with a finger injury to add to Surrey's problems after former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith returned home last week with a knee problem.
Eoin Morgan is unavailable for the Panthers, who have lost all four of their sprint-format matches this term.
Michael Carberry has been released from the England squad to play in Hampshire's match with depleted Essex Eagles at the Ageas Bowl.
Liam Dawson is still sidelined with a groin complaint while all-rounder Sean Ervine, if selected, will become the first Hampshire player to make 100 Twenty20 appearances for the club.
Ervine said: “I’m really excited about tomorrow night’s game and I’m really proud of the achievement. It’ll be a tough game as well, but hopefully we can get another win.
“Every game is a big game in this competition. Essex do have a lot injuries at the moment but they are a dangerous team and their batting is really strong.”
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Pace quintet Tymal Mills, Graham Napier, David Masters, Reece Topley and Lancashire loanee Oliver Newby were all absent through injury for Essex’s championship draw with Surrey this week.
Kent Spitfires have named an unchanged 12-man squad for the game with Gloucestershire.
Mark Davies, Calum Haggett and Ivan Thomas continue to occupy the sidelines, while spinner James Tredwell is away with his country.
Head coach Jimmy Adams said: ‘It was a great performance at Taunton to beat Somerset and we are keen to maintain the momentum so I saw no reason to change the squad.”
Gloucestershire have made no alterations to their side for the encounter at the Spitfire Ground.
NatWest T20 Blast Facts
- Sussex Sharks have won three of their four Twenty20 matches against Glamorgan, who have won the toss in all four meetings.
- Hampshire have won four of their past five completed Twenty20 Twenty20 matches against Essex Eagles. They have won the toss in the past seven games between the teams that have produced a result.
- Surrey have won five of their past six completed Twenty20 matches against Middlesex Panthers, and 14 of the 20 meetnigs overall.
- Kent Spitfires have won all five of their completed Twenty20 matches against Gloucestershire.