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Notts Outlaws open their Vitality Blast campaign with a trip to face Yorkshire

Notts Outlaws open their Vitality Blast campaign with a trip to face Yorkshire
Notts Outlaws open their Vitality Blast campaign with a trip to face Yorkshire

Notts Outlaws will open their rearranged Vitality Blast campaign with a trip to face Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley.

The Outlaws, who will welcome white-ball specialists Alex Hales and Harry Gurney back into their squad for the competition, will begin a ten-match group stage in Leeds on Thursday 27 August at 6.30pm.

Notts will play six matches at home, including two clashes against Derbyshire Falcons. Subject to television coverage, all six will be streamed with a multi-camera production via the club’s official website.

Meanwhile, Trent Bridge will host a women's 50-over fixture in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, with the East Midlands team Lightning taking on the North West-based Thunder on Saturday 29 August.

“The start of the Blast tournament is always exciting,” said Notts Head Coach Peter Moores. “T20 is a form of the game where things happen quickly and that can make for great entertainment.

“It’s a tournament we played good cricket in last year and we’re proud of our consistent T20 record as a club.

“We’d like to have gone on to win it more often, and we have special memories from when we did lift the trophy in 2017. The objective for this year is to make some more.

“If it’s confirmed that we have to start the tournament without our members and fans in the ground, that’s going to feel very different. The electric atmosphere at Trent Bridge is something to which we have all become accustomed and enjoy.

“But what we’ve learned from the early red-ball matches is that the cricket in the middle has been no less keenly contested - and the lads are also very aware of how many people are watching and following online.

“We’ll go out there and represent them in the best way we can, by aiming to play entertaining, winning cricket.”

The group stages of the 2020 Vitality Blast will be played in three regional groups of six, with Notts Outlaws competing in the north group alongside Durham, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

The top two in each group and the two third placed teams with the highest points tally will qualify for the quarter-finals, to be played on Thursday 1 October. Finals Day will take place at Edgbaston two days later.

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, named in honour of England's pioneering World Cup-winning captain, begins on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Lightning, the East Midlands' newly-formed senior women's team, will compete in one of two four-team groups, with the group winners meeting in the final on Saturday 26 September.

Representing Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire CCC, as well as Lincolnshire Cricket and Loughborough University, they are one of eight sides who complete the ECB's new elite domestic structure for the women's game.

"The new elite structure is a huge step forwards for women's cricket in this country, and the year-round support and pathways it will offer should provide ideal conditions in which players can develop," said Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's Director of Cricket.

"We're delighted to provide an opportunity for two sides to play at Trent Bridge this summer - which is something I know those who played in the Women's Super League fixture here last year relished and revelled in."

The newly-announced fixtures are the last to be announced for the 2020 domestic season, with the Bob Willis Trophy already underway.

The final of the red ball competition will be played over five days at Lord’s, starting on Wednesday 23 September.