The Steelbacks return to Yorkshire Bank 40 action this weekend after the lengthy Friends Life t20 period. The Steelbacks will travel up to Nottingham to face the Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge, in a game that sees the top two of the group go to head-to-head. This game will be the first of three crucial games in the competition for the Steelbacks in a week.
The Steelbacks got off to a slow start in this competition losing their opening two games which were at home to both Nottinghamshire and Sussex. However since then, there has been a magnificent turnaround, winning their last six games in the competition. This form has placed them second in the competition, only 3 points behind Nottinghamshire who are on 14 points.
The Steelbacks last played in the Yorkshire Bank 40 at the end of June here at the County Ground against Worcestershire Royals. On that occasion a Kyle Coetzer century inspired the Steelbacks to a brilliant 7 wicket victory. This was also thanks to Muhammad Azhar Ullah, who’s four wickets helped limit Worcestershire to 187 for 8 after their 40 overs.
Nottinghamshire have been flying high in the competition this season having won 7 of their 8 group games. However they did lose last time out away to Sussex. Although seamer Harry Gurney came away with 5 wickets, half centuries from Joyce and Machan for Sussex proved too much.
Muhammad Azhar Ullah
There are only two changes to the side that defeated Worcestershire back at the end of June. Steven Crook returns after being injured for the Worcestershire game, whilst David Sales also comes into the team following his excellent 255 not out in the County Championship last week.
Missing out will be Ben Duckett who is away on England Under 19’s duty, so unavailable for selection and Andrew Hall also misses out.
Alex Wakely will once again lead the Steelbacks as they search for a seventh win in the competition in a row.