Fixture News | 26th June 2007

Phantoms face Wagh

Mark Wagh is ready to make an impression on the Derbyshire bowlers in the Twenty20 Cup as the Outlaws continue their quest for the quarter-finals.

Twenty20 Cup North Group
June 27: Notts Outlaws v Derbyshire Phantoms
Start time: 5.30pm
Tickets on the day cost £14 for adults, £7 for under-16s and £35 for a family.

A fresh hamstring injury to Will Jefferson means the 30-year-old Wagh is called into the squad for his first appearance in the competition this year.

And with memories of his first century for Notts - against Derbyshire in the Championship last week - still fresh in his mind, Wagh is confident he can slot straight into action in the shorter form of the game.

He said: “I know Mick Newell and Stephen Fleming have targeted Twenty20 as a competition we should do really well in.

“That’s been reflected in our plans and preparations and so far we’ve shown we are a pretty strong team with the two performances we’ve produced so far.

“Our roles within the team are well defined and people know what they are doing. That’s important because in such a short form of the game, you can’t afford to be unsure of what’s going on.

“By the time you have decided as a batsman how you’re going to play, the game has proportionally moved on a long way.”

Wagh has plenty of experience in Twenty20, having played 15 games for Warwickshire. For the Bears he tended to operate as an opener, and has a top score of 56.

With Notts the right-hander’s role is likely to be different, as the opening spaces are filled by Graeme Swann and Fleming.

Squad news:
Jefferson is ruled out for the rest of the group matches. The injury is on the opposite leg to the pre-season problem which ruled him out of much of the first half of the summer.
AJ Harris has been rested after his knee injury swelled up following Saturday’s victory over Lancashire. The 34-year-old is replaced by Simon Francis.

Squad:
Swann, Fleming (capt), Patel, Hussey, Wagh, Read (wkt), Ealham, Shafayat, Clough, Shreck, Franks, Ferley, Francis. 

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