Outlaws eye home comforts
Nottinghamshire Outlaws head into the Friends Provident t20 clash with Lancashire Lightning knowing victory will secure a home quarter-final.
The Outlaws are already assured of a place in the last eight, but they can guarantee a top-two finish in the North Group by winning at Old Trafford tonight.
Director of cricket Mick Newell has named the same side that tied with Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Sunday, with Ryan Sidebottom and Dirk Nannes leading a bowling attack that features three spinners in Graeme White, Samit Patel and David Hussey.
“Plan A is to secure a home quarter-final and to go into our final two home games with the pressure off, but that won’t be easy,” said Newell.
“There are a lot of bowling options in our team and David will turn to who he thinks is the best option in any given situation.
“He doesn’t rate his bowling in Twenty20 matches as highly as I do, but he’s made an impact when he brought himself on and spin could be an important factor on a used pitch at Old Trafford.”
Lancashire must make do without captain Glen Chapple, who rests a shoulder injury.
Nottinghamshire team: Alex Hales, Ali Brown, Matt Wood, Samit Patel, David Hussey (captain), Chris Read (wicketkeeper), Steven Mullaney, Graeme White, Ryan Sidebottom, Darren Pattinson, Dirk Nannes.
Lancashire squad: Mark Chilton, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wicketkeeper), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Simon Kerrigan, Nathan McCullum, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Stephen Parry, Daren Powell, Tom Smith.
Craig Kieswetter returns to Somerset Sabres’ team as they push for a top two finish in the South Group in their latest match against Glamorgan Dragons at the SWALEC Stadium.
Somerset are already assured of a quarter-final berth, but will push for a home tie at Taunton against a team from the North Group.
The England international will open the batting with Marcus Trescothick and keep wicket, allowing Peter Trego to drop down to a more familiar position in the middle order.
Jos Buttler stays in the squad as a specialist batsman and Max Waller is also added to the XI on duty against Essex Eagles at Chelmsford on Sunday.
Trescothick said: "If we win our last three games we will finish top of our division and that has to be the aim.
"We desperately want our quarter-final to be at Taunton where our supporters create such a good atmosphere and we also want to go into the game in good form with momentum behind us."
Glamorgan's team is likely to include Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait, available to the county again following the conclusion of the Twenty20 series with Pakistan.
Glamorgan squad: Jim Allenby, Mark Cosgrove, Jamie Dalrymple (captain), Tom Maynard, Ben Wright, Gareth Rees, David Brown, Mark Wallace (wicketkeeper), James Harris, Dean Cosker, Robert Croft, Shaun Tait, Chris Ashling.
Somerset squad: Marcus Trescothick (captain), Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), James Hildreth, Zander de Bruyn, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Peter Trego, Arul Suppiah, Ben Phillips, Alfonso Thomas, Murali Kartik, Mark Turner, Max Waller.