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The Clydesdale Bank 40 group stage is set for an exciting finale tomorrow with three semi-finalists and a home tie in the last four to be determined.

Lancashire have secured a home semi on Saturday and no other team from Group A can join them in the last four as the best runner-up.

The Red Rose have rested captain Glen Chapple, Ashwell Prince, Ajmal Shahzad and Gary Keedy for the game against Worcestershire at New Road tomorrow, when they will be led by Steven Croft.

England's Ravi Bopara has been made available for Essex’s game with Middlesex at Lord’s. The visitors are without the injured David Masters and have concerns over Graham Napier, who is nursing a slight hamstring problem, and Adam Wheater.

Second-placed Middlesex have rested Chris Rogers, Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones, but Paul Stirling is expected to return and Adam Rossington replaces John Simpson behind the stumps. Their bowling is bolstered by Corey Collymore and Gurjit Sandhu.

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen is set to feature for holders Surrey, who must beat Somerset and rely on Hampshire losing at Durham to earn a semi

Gloucestershire have included Middlesex’s Anthony Ireland, who is on loan at his old club for the rest of the season, in their squad to face Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Yesterday’s Friends Life t20 winners Hampshire, who lead Group B, need victory over hosts Durham to ensure a semi-final, which would be away from home.

The Royals will be without Dimitri Mascarenhas due to the torn lat tendon he played with yesterday and are set to name the side that beat Surrey last Sunday. Neil McKenzie is due for his last game of the season before returning to South Africa to prepare for the domestic campaign there.

Chris Wood, who took three wickets in the last over of the FLt20 final, said: "We want more trophies; we are hungry as a side and backroom staff. We will not just settle for this one.

“We will recuperate and go to Durham and hopefully get the points there. Hopefully we will be coming away with two or three trophies at the end of the season."

Durham have rested skipper Dale Benkenstein, Paul Collingwood, Chris Rushworth and Graham Onions, with Mark Stoneman leading the side at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Holders Surrey and 2011 runners-up Somerset, who are hoping to take advantage of a Hampshire loss, meet at Taunton. The best they can hope for is an away semi.

Kevin Pietersen is set to play for Surrey with Tim Linley and Rory Burns coming into the squad.

Neither Nottinghamshire nor the Welsh Dragons, who clash at Trent Bridge, can qualify.

Notts have rested captain Chris Read and Michael Lumb, with Adam Voges set to lead the side and Riki Wessels to keep wicket. Neil Edwards, Scott Elstone and Harry Gurney, who is available after injury, are set to feature. The Dragons are without Jim Allenby and Dean Cosker.

Victory, a tie or no-result for Group C leaders Kent against Sussex, who have England Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior available, at Canterbury will earn them a home semi. Defeat will give their opponents that honour.

Warwickshire will go through as best runners-up by beating Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Derbyshire and Northamptonshire, neither of whom can qualify, face off at Derby.

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