Injured Lumb out of t20 showpiece
Hampshire Royals batsman Michael Lumb is out of tomorrow’s Friends Provident t20 finals day after breaking his foot against Somerset.
The 30-year-old left-hander was injured yesterday in the LV= County Championship match at Taunton, stopping a shot from his opening partner from the World Twenty20 Craig Kieswetter, but carried on fielding unaware of the damage.
X-rays later confirmed a fracture, which will keep Lumb sidelined for around six weeks.
Hampshire had already made the decision to leave Kevin Pietersen out of their finals day squad, after the England batsman announced he was to leave the county at the end of the season.
The Royals also have minor fitness concerns about captain Dominic Cork, Dan Christian and Sean Ervine ahead of the showpiece, but have stuck with the squad which saw them beat Warwickshire Bears in the quarter-final.
Hampshire’s semi-final opponents, Essex Eagles, are without seamers Maurice Chambers (side) and Andy Carter (back) due to injury.
Essex, though, have plenty of power to add, with Alastair Cook available at the top of the order. Ryan ten Doeschate has also been included despite recent injury worries.
Dwayne Bravo and Danish Kaneria are enviable overseas addition to their squad.
West Indies all-rounder Bravo has been signed for finals day only, while leg-spinner Kaneria has received clearance to remain with Essex for the rest of the season, subject to selection by Pakistan.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams, Abdul Razzaq, Sean Ervine, Liam Dawson, Simon Jones, Dominic Cork (captain), James Vince, Michael Carberry, Michael Bates (wicketkeeper), Danny Briggs, Chris Benham, Chris Wood, Neil McKenzie, Dan Christian.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain & wicketkeeper), Mark Pettini, Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Dwayne Bravo, Matt Walker, Ryan ten Doeschate, Grant Flower, David Masters, Chris Wright, Danish Kaneria, Tim Phillips, Michael Comber, Adam Wheater, Tony Palladino, Jaik Mickleburgh.
Nottinghamshire Outlaws will continue to assess how best to accommodate England bowlers Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad in their line-up in the second semi-final against Somerset.
Swann’s ability to bat in the top or lower-middle order could put Matt Wood, Graeme White or Darren Pattinson’s place at risk, although all three have made significant contributions in the group stage.
“I’ll have one more discussion with David Hussey this afternoon and we plan to let the players know the team after our net session at the Rose Bowl,” said Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell.
“There are one or two places in the side where we have tough calls to make and if we were to reach the final then our team could well change because the wicket may be more susceptible to spin by that stage.”
Notts are competing in the final four for the first time since 2006 and have enjoyed a sharp upturn in results following an off-season overhaul of their limited overs tactics and successful recruitment.
“A lot of thought has gone in to our limited-overs cricket and we began our training last November so it’s no fluke that we find ourselves in this position,” added Newell.
Nottinghamshire squad: David Hussey (captain), Chris Read (wicketkeeper), Alex Hales, Ali Brown, Matt Wood, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, Scott Elstone, Paul Franks, Graeme White, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, Darren Pattinson, Dirk Nannes.
Friends Provident t20 finals day schedule
11.30am: Hampshire Royals vs Essex Eagles
3pm: Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Somerset