The Steelbacks host Nottinghamshire Outlaws tomorrow night in their final home NatWest T20 Blast match of the season.
This will be the first time these sides have met in the competition this season, as the schedule meant that the Steelbacks didn’t need to travel to Trent Bridge for a NatWest T20 Blast game.
Whilst Nottinghamshire will be looking to guarantee a spot in the quarter-finals, the Steelbacks need to win to maintain their slim chances of making the knockout stages. Click Here to buy tickets.
In their last game the Steelbacks hosted Worcestershire Rapids in a must win game. Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bat first. The Steelbacks bowlers made a great start, with Matthew Spriegel taking a wicket with the first ball of the game. However Colin Munro (49) and Ben Cox (46) led the Worcestershire fight back, as the visitors finished on what was seen as an under par 162/9.
In reply, despite a strong start from the hosts, the moment Worcestershire took pace of the ball, especially with Daryl Mitchell‘s medium pace, the visitors got on top of the game. Mitchell ended the game with career best figures of 5 for 28, as the Steelbacks were bowled out for 131, losing by 31 runs.
Nottinghamshire’s last game saw them take on Leicestershire Foxes at Trent Bridge. The home side won the toss and elected to bat first. The pitch very much favoured the bowlers, as Nottinghamshire finished on 121/9, mainly thanks to a 44 from Samit Patel. In reply, only two Leicestershire players reached double figures, as three wickets from Luke Fletcher helped bowl the visitors out for 90.
Ones to Watch
Nottinghamshire have a very strong T20 line up, with plenty of England internationals. The Outlaws are renowned for their quick starts, with England duo Alex Hales and Michael Lumb opening the batting. One of the key players for Nottinghamshire this season has been Samit Patel, who has scored 258 runs at an average of 25.8, including two half centuries; and also is the side’s top wicket taker with 13 wickets at an average of 19.6.
David Ripley has made no changes to last week’s 13-man squad.
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