Father's Day Friends Life t20 Preview
We preview all seven of the Friends Life t20 matches scheduled for Father's Day and hope that the rain keeps away.
North Group, Durham v Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street (1330)
Following their win over Yorkshire on Friday night, the Dynamos are likely to field an unchanged eleven for their first home game of the competition. They have, however, added Will Smith to the 13 that travelled to Headingley.
Durham squad: Herschelle Gibbs, Phil Mustard (wicket-keeper), Ben Stokes, Johann Myburgh, Dale Benkenstein (captain), Gordon Muchall, Scott Borthwick, Chris Rushworth, Graham Onions, Mitchell Claydon, Callum Thorp, Will Smith, Mark Stoneman.
England’s decision to leave out Samit Patel from their starting eleven for the first One-Day International against West Indies means that he has been released to play for the Outlaws, which in turn means that they are likely to field the same side that thrashed Leicestershire on the opening day of the competition. They have also included Graeme White and Luke Fletcher in a 13-man squad.
Nottinghamshire squad: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Riki Wessels, Samit Patel, Adam Voges (captain), James Taylor, Chris Read (wicket-keeper), Steven Mullaney, Darren Pattinson, Harry Gurney, Andy Carter, Luke Fletcher, Graeme White.
North Group, Yorkshire v Leicestershire at Headingley (1340)
The home side will want to bounce back from their narrow defeat last night and will select from the same 14 players plus Jonny Bairstow, who has been released England. Adil Rashid could come into the side if they choose to play an extra spinner, or to replace Azeem Rafiq.
Yorkshire squad: Andrew Gale (captain), Phil Jaques David Miller, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Richard Pyrah, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Azeem Rafiq, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Sidebottom, Moin Ashraf, Iain Wardlaw, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Gerard Brophy.
A record of two defeats from as many matches does not make for happy reading for the Leicestershire Foxes. They desperately need a win to keep their qualification hopes alive and will mull over team changes, such as bringing in Preston Mommsen or Nathan Buck.
Possible Leicestershire XI: Josh Cobb, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jacques du Toit, Matthew Boyce, Greg Smith, Abdul Razzaq, Wayne White, Ned Eckersley (wicket-keeper), Robert Taylor, Claude Henderson, Matthew Hoggard (captain).
Midlands/West/Wales Group, Worcestershire v Gloucestershire at New Road (1330)
Both teams had their opening game abandoned without a ball bowled so will be hoping for better weather at New Road. Worcestershire will still be without Pakistani overseas player Sohail Tanvir – who will now not arrive until 25th June at the earliest.
Possible Worcestershire XI: Moeen Ali, Vikram Solanki, Phil Hughes, James Cameron, Daryl Mitchell (captain), Gareth Andrew, Brett D'Oliveira, Aneesh Kapil, Ben Scott (wicket-keeper), Jack Shantry, David Lucas.
Gloucestershire have named the same 13 that were due to play at Edgbaston on Friday night, with all-rounder Will Gidman once again rested.
Gloucestershire squad: Hamish Marshall (captain), Benny Howell, Kane Williamson, Alex Gidman, Ian Cockbain, Dan Housego, Jack Taylor, Ed Young, Jonathan Batty (wicket-keeper), Muttiah Muralitharan, David Payne, Ian Saxelby, James Fuller.
Midlands/West/Wales Group, Somerset v Northamptonshire at Taunton (1340)
Craig Kieswetter, Richard Levi and Albie Morkel all miss the match due to international commitments, with Peter Trego and Nick Compton likely to form a new opening partnership and James Hildreth taking Morkel’s place in the middle-order. Alex Barrow, Lewis Gregory and Craig Meschede are also included in the 13-man squad.
Somerset squad: Peter Trego, Nick Compton, Kevin O’Brien, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), James Hildreth, Arul Suppiah, Craig Meschede, Alfonso Thomas (captain), Max Waller, George Dockrell, Steve Kirby, Lewis Gregory, Alex Barrow.
Northamptonshire suffered a washout in their opening game against Glamorgan on Thursday and, barring injury, there is no reason to expect them to name anything other than an unchanged starting eleven.
Possible Northamptonshire XI: Rob Newton, Kyle Coetzer, Niall O’Brien (wicket-keeper), Alex Wakely, Cameron White, Andrew Hall (captain), James Middlebrook, David Willey, Chaminda Vaas, Con de Lange, Jack Brooks.
Midlands/West/Wales Group, Glamorgan v Warwickshire at Cardiff (1630)
Chris Cooke has been added to the 14 that were on duty against Northamptonshire and could come into the side for either Stewart Walters or Ben Wright. Huw Waters and Will Owen will also be chomping at the bit to get a game, but are likely to be disappointed.
Glamorgan squad: Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Jim Allenby (captain), Martin van Jaarsveld, Stewart Walters, Mark Wallace (wicket-keeper), Chris Cooke, James Harris, Robert Croft, Dean Cosker, Simon Jones, Will Owen, Huw Waters, David Lloyd, Ben Wright.
The Bears are another who suffered with the rain on Friday evening and, with a defeat against Somerset in their other match, desperately need a win. They may look to strengthen what looks a fragile batting line-up, but are expected to stick with the same side.
Possible Warwickshire XI: Varun Chopra (captain), Laurie Evans, William Porterfield, Darren Maddy, Rikki Clarke, Chris Woakes, Keith Barker, Steffan Piolet, Richard Johnson (wicket-keeper), Jeetan Patel, Chris Wright.
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