With the Friends Life t20 Group Stage now entering the final furlong, we preview tomorrow’s matches.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
North Group, Leicestershire v Lancashire at Grace Road (1715)
The Foxes sit bottom of the North Group and really need to win all of their remaining four games if they are to make the quarter-finals. They are without the injured trio of Jigar Naik, Matthew Hoggard and Robbie Williams, with James Sykes named in a 13-man squad.
Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Greg Smith, Niall O’Brien, Joe Burns, Shakib Al Hasan, Shiv Thakor, Matthew Boyce, Rob Taylor, Anthony Ireland, James Sykes, Alex Wyatt, Ned Eckersley, Michael Thornely.
Lancashire are second in the group and will be hoping to stretch their winning streak to four games.
North, Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Trent Bridge (1830)
Table-toppers an group leaders Nottinghamshire will be looking to do the double over a struggling Derbyshire side, who have now lost their last four matches after winning their first three. Coach Mick Newell has named an unchanged squad, which again features England Ashes hopeful James Taylor but is without the injured Riki Wessels.
Nottinghamshire squad: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Samit Patel, James Taylor, David Hussey (captain), Chris Read, Steven Mullaney, Graeme White, Ian Butler, Ajmal Shahzad, Harry Gurney, Jake Ball, Sam Wood.
Derbyshire are hampered by fitness concerns surrounding both of their overseas players heading into the fixture. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is definitely out owing to a hamstring injury, while Albie Morkel is a doubt with a groin injury.
Derbyshire squad: Wayne Madsen (captain), Chesney Hughes, Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Billy Godleman, Albie Morkel, Alex Hughes, Tom Poynton, Peter Burgoyne, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Mark Turner, Alex Hughes, David Wainwright, Tom Knight.
Mid/Wales/West, Glamorgan v Worcestershire at Cardiff (1830)
The Welsh county have lost their last three games and desperately need to turn that form around if they are to make the quarter-finals. They have added in-form opener Gareth Rees and Scotland international Ruaidhri Smith to the eleven that lost yesterday to Gloucestershire.
Glamorgan squad: Jim Allenby, Mark Wallace, Chris Cooke, Marcus North (captain), Murray Goodwin, Gareth Rees, Nick James, Nathan McCullum, Graham Wagg, Michael Hogan, Dean Cosker, Ben Wright, Ruaidhri Smith.
Worcestershire sit last in the Midlands/Wales/West Group, although they do have more games in hand than all of their rivals. Four wins from their last four games should see them reach the quarter-finals.
Weather Forecast: Heavy and thundery showers are forecast for the afternoon and evening, with the north and west of the country expected to see the worst of them initially, before they move east later. It will, however, remain warm, with highs of between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Suspended Gloucestershire off-spinner Jack Taylor is unlikely to play in the first-team again this season according to club coach John Bracewell. Taylor was suspended after testing positive for an illegal bowling action in May and is undergoing remedial work as well as playing in the county’s second XI as a specialist batsman. Bracewell updated BBC Gloucestershire on Taylor’s progress: “Gloucestershire University tested him last week and he came through that with a pass. [The next step is to] make sure there’s scrutiny under pressure.”
Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith has told the Northampton Telegraph that left-arm spinner Graeme White is unlikely to play for the club again this season. He was recently recalled by parent club Nottinghamshire and, with the increasingly dry pitches, is expected to be needed by them for the remainder of the season.
Somerset CCC have teamed up with the OSNA Fund Breast Cancer charity and will launch the ‘Big Pink Balloon Race’ from the County Ground at Taunton on 4th August following the conclusion of day three of their LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire. The charity is aiming to raise £75,000 to buy an Osna unit for the local Musgrove Park Hospital. More information on the event can be found on the Somerset CCC website.
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