Captain Paul Collingwood is missing for Durham Dynamos’ Friends Life t20 game with Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road this evening due to a thumb laceration.
The former England all-rounder suffered the injury in Sunday’s FLt20 victory over Yorkshire Vikings and is also set to miss tomorrow’s match at home to Notts Outlaws. He is hoping to play in the LV= County Championship meeting with Derbyshire, which starts on Monday. Yorkshire Bank 40 skipper Mark Stoneman will make his debut as Twenty20 captain in Collingwood's absence.
Leicestershire, who are bottom of the North Group, are missing Ireland’s Niall O’Brien to international duty today and for their next two FLt20 contests, in which Ned Eckersley is therefore due to keep wicket. Seamer Robbie Williams, who bowled well in defeat to Derbyshire Falcons on Saturday, is injured but Rob Taylor returns from Scotland duty.
One 100 per cent record will go when leaders Derbyshire meet second-placed Notts at the County Ground in one of four sell-outs today along with the games at Headingley, the Kia Oval and Taunton. The Falcons have won thrice and their visitors twice.
Yorkshire have former Australia batsman Phil Jaques available after an abdominal strain for the Roses clash with Lancashire Lightning. Arron Lilley comes into the Lancashire squad in place of fellow spinner Simon Kerrigan, who is attending a family member's funeral.
South Group front-runners Surrey are without Gary Wilson for the visit of nearest challengers Middlesex Panthers, for whom fellow Ireland internationals Paul Stirling and Tim Murtagh are also absent. John Simpson takes the squad place of Stirling, who unlike Murtagh played in yesterday's victory against Essex Eagles.
Essex must again make do without Tom Westley (broken finger), David Masters (Achilles) and Tymal Mills (hamstring) as they take on Kent Spitfires at Canterbury where both sides will be seeking their first FLt20 triumphs on 2013.
Holders Hampshire Royals have named an unchanged squad for their trip to Sussex Sharks at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground. Sussex are without Ireland’s Ed Joyce, although he rarely represents the Sharks in the shortest format.
In the Midlands, Wales & West Group Northants Steelbacks hope to welcome back Steven Crook from injury, although he will not be risked if still a doubt, while Kyle Coetzer and David Murphy return from Scotland duty. Northants host Warwickshire Bears, who are missing Ireland captain Will Porterfield.
Somerset, without Ireland’s George Dockrell and Nick Compton who is guesting for Worcestershire versus Australia, start their FLt20 campaign with the visit of Gloucestershire Gladiators. Alviro Petersen is set to play in Somerset’s first three games before joining South Africa’s squad to tour Sri Lanka.