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Ben Stokes

The return of Ben Stokes provides Durham with a welcome boost as they search for a crucial home triumph against Warwickshire

Durham are boosted by the return of Ben Stokes for their Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B match against Warwickshire at the Emirates Durham ICG.

The 20-year-old was in fine form in the 40-over format, scoring 305 runs in six games including an unbeaten 150 against tomorrow’s opponents, before a dislocated finger saw him occupy the sidelines for eight weeks.

However, after scoring a half-century against Sri Lanka A on his Durham comeback, the all-rounder is now available for selection.

Paul Collingwood and Michael Di Venuto both scored half-centuries against Hampshire in their only Clydesdale Bank 40 appearance this season and are set to retain their places with Durham looking for a win to join Group B leaders Surrey on 13 points.

A Warwickshire away win will see the Bears jump to second in the group and strengthen their chase for a semi-final place.

Elsewhere in Group B, third-bottom Hampshire face fellow strugglers Leicestershire at Southampton.

In Group A, Yorkshire are without Jacques Rudolph when they travel to face the Netherlands in Amstelveen.

The South African left-hander, who recently rejoined Yorkshire as overseas player for the rest of the season, drops out of the squad that convincingly lost at Sussex last week. Joe Root, fresh from his England Lions call-up, returns for the clash.

The Netherlands, who defeated the White Rose at Headingley Carnegie earlier in the campaign, have the competition’s leading wicket-taker Shane Mott at their disposal as they search for their fourth win.

Meanwhile, Worcestershire host Kent at New Road in a bottom-of-the-table clash.

James Harris

Glamorgan are without James Harris for their clash with Nottinghamshire after the paceman was called-up to the England Lions squad

In Group C, the top two go head-to-head as Essex play Somerset at Southend-on-Sea.

Both sides go into the game on the back of crushing victories in the championship and have an array in-form performers within their ranks.

David Masters claimed stunning figures of 8-10 to dismiss Leicestershire for 34, while Ravi Bopara, who struck 176 against the Foxes, is the second-highest wicket taker in the competition with 16 wickets.

Somerset have Marcus Trescothick, who hit another double century in the convincing victory over Worcestershire, and young paceman Lewis Gregory has been impressive with the ball, snaring 13 scalps to date.

Afte Essex's unlikely defeat to Gloucestershire last week, Somerset head coach Andy Hurry knows the importance of the fixture.

He said: "Essex will be under more pressure than us to win and it will be interesting to see how they respond to their CB40 defeat by Gloucestershire last Tuesday.

"That has made the match against us even more important for them. Both teams like to play exciting one-day cricket so it promises to be a very good game."

Glamorgan are without the influential James Harris for the visit of Nottinghamshire at Swansea.

The paceman is unavailable due to his participation in the England Lions tour game with Sri Lanka A at Scarborough and Glamorgan have countered that loss by adding Will Jones, Alex Jones and Nick James to their matchday squad.

Two points for Nottinghamshire would see Chris Read’s outfit move second, level on points with the losers at Southend-On-Sea.

Chris Dent could keep his place in Gloucestershire’s side for their game against Lancashire at Cheltenham.

Opening batsman Dent struck a maiden century in the championship clash with Surrey and may be given the opportunity to replicate his form in the 40-over format.

Junaid Khan could make a return to the Lancashire team.

The Pakistan seamer was left out of the Red Rose’s four-day game with Nottinghamshire but is likely to be recalled for the limited-overs format.

Luke Procter has also been a key part of Peter Moores’ limited-overs side this year and may be recalled, while Stephen Parry excelled for the second XI against Yorkshire last week and is another option if Lancashire decide to play an extra spinner.