Fixture News | 11th August 2007

Ready to blunt Steelbacks

Gareth Clough remains confident Notts can keep their NatWest Pro40 League title hopes alive with victory over Northamptonshire Steelbacks, despite their mounting injury list.

NatWest Pro40 League Division One
Sunday August 12: Notts Outlaws v Northamptonshire Steelbacks
Start time: 1.45pm
Tickets cost 13 for adults, 7 for concessions and 33 for a family of two adults and two under-16s.

The Outlaws go into the match knowing a win is vital if they want to keep in touch of leaders Worcestershire, who handed them a nine-run defeat last weekend.

And Clough expects spinners Graeme Swann and Rob Ferley to have a vital role to play, as they try to kick off the run of five victories they believe will be needed to finish top of the pile.

He said: "It's been a pretty frustrating period with the injuries we've had and the spinners have kept us in with a chance in our matches so far.

"We have still been playing fairly well but have missed the little bits of luck we needed here and there. If we stick at it then things will turn our way again."

Clough's bowling has come in for some tap in the competition, with the all-rounder still wicketless after three matches.

But he showed his batting was still in good touch with 26 not out off 17 balls against Worcestershire and will also take confidence from his bowling in the Championship defeat to Somerset, with match figures of 4-82, including Justin Langer twice.

He added: "It was nice to get some wickets against Somerset and to be playing Championship cricket again.

"The fact I haven't got any wickets in the Pro40 doesn't bother me - in one-day cricket there are days when you bowl well and get hit, and others where you bowl badly and get the wickets.

"I've got every confidence in myself and it would be great to do well on Sunday."

Squad:
Swann, Fleming (capt), Jefferson, Wagh, Patel, Hussey, Read, Shafayat, Clough, Harris, Malik, Ferley.

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