Fixture News | 23rd June 2005
Smith ready for battle of wits
Date: June 24
Notts Outlaws v Lancashire Lightning
Start time: 5.30pm
Tickets cost ?10 for adults, ?5 for juniors and OAPs and ?25 for a family ticket. They are available from the Ticket Sales Points around the ground on the day.
These are located at Fox Road (cash only), the TBI turnstiles (cash and credit cards accepted), Bridgford Road (cash only), and the Dixon Gate (cash and credit cards).
Smith admits the competition is geared towards the batsmen but enjoys the challenge of taking them on and coming out on top.
He said: "You have to look at it from the point of view of bringing all your skills to the table.
"Batsmen are looking to improvise and find gaps in the field with unusual shots. In the same way, bowlers need to be thinking about using slower balls, trying reverse swing, yorkers and bouncers.
"If you can get a wicket then the crowd will always give you a lift. It?s a very exciting competition and it would be great for us to get through the group stages this year."
And with almost 3,000 advance tickets sold and plenty more expected on the day, it looks like Trent Bridge will again be busy with supporters ? something Smith looks forward to.
He added: "You always want to play in front of big crowds and that?s the great thing about the competition. It may be all about the fours and sixes but a couple of wickets always raises the roof.
"We did well to beat Lancashire in the totesport League two weeks ago and there?s no reason why we can?t do that again.
"We just need to get the batting right and get enough runs on the board to defend the target, because our bowling and fielding have been very good all season."
Graeme Swann took a blow to his shoulder in the field at Grace Road against Leicestershire but is fit for action.
Mick Newell has named the same squad for both Friday and Sunday?s game barring injury.
Swann, Fleming (cap), Hussey, Read (wkt), Patel, Ealham, Franks, Smith, Clough, Smith, Harris, Alleyne.