Pollard jets in for Somerset
Kieron Pollard leads the list of Twenty20 international stars returning to their counties for the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals.
West Indies all-rounder Pollard yesterday flew into London ahead of Somerset’s clash with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge tomorrow at 1.45pm.
The 24-year-old, who averaged 44.5 with the bat and took 10 wickets in eight group games this season, helped Somerset beat Notts in last year’s semi-finals.
Pollard is joined in a full-strength squad by young seamer Lewis Gregory, who has been resting a back problem. The 19-year-old is Somerset’s joint leading wicket-taker in this year’s competition with 16 scalps in 11 matches.
Notts are set to be without England stars Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, but are led by Australia international Adam Voges. In mid-June Voges took over the captaincy from countryman David Hussey, who is on international duty.
Defending champions Hampshire welcome back Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi as they take on Durham at the Rose Bowl tomorrow at 5pm. Afridi did not fire with the bat in the group stage but claimed 14 wickets in eight games.
The Royals could field former England seamer Simon Jones following his loan spell at Glamorgan, for whom he took 11 wickets in 10 FLt20 games in addition to three in two for Hampshire.
Australia batsman David Miller returns for Durham, having made a modest impact in the group stage with 284 runs in 12 innings.
England Lions all-rounder Ben Stokes could make his first FLt20 appearance this term following his recovery from a finger injury. Michael Di Venuto and Steve Harmison are missing through injury but neither featured in the group games.