Fixture News | 11th June 2007

Read stays focused

Chris Read insists the Nottinghamshire players will be fully focused on their own performances when they take on Lancashire Lightning in the Friends Provident Trophy.

June 13: Friends Provident Trophy
Notts Outlaws v Lancashire Lightning
Start time: 10.45am
Tickets cost £13 for adults and £7 for concessions and £33 for a family of two adults and two under-16s.

Ball-by-ball commentary is available from BBC Radio Lancashire.

Notts go into the final round of matches in the group stages of the competition needing to beat the visitors to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals.

But they also need their weekend conquerors Durham to do them a favour by beating Warwickshire, meaning that qualification is out of their hands.

Read believes the situation will not affect how the team play and expects the Outlaws to continue to improve in coloured kit this year.

He said: “We’ve been playing some very good 50-over cricket since the first match against Yorkshire and even against Durham we played some good stuff.

“I think you have to give Gareth Breese plenty of credit for producing a match-winning innings like that and as far as I’m concerned there wasn’t a drop in our level of performance.

“We should still go into the Lancashire match full of confidence and concentrate on beating them. That’s all we can worry about.

“We haven’t seen what Warwickshire have got to offer because the game at Trent Bridge was washed out, but they have a good team on paper.

“Durham have developed into a good all-round unit and they bat deep, but we’ll be solely focused on what we’re doing on the day.”

Squad news:
Ryan Sidebottom has maintained his place in the England team for the fourth and final npower Test, starting on Friday, and is not available for the Notts fixture.

Notts squad:
Shafayat, Fleming (capt), Wagh, Hussey, Patel, Read (wkt), Ealham, Swann, Clough, Harris, Shreck, Ferley, Francis.

Lancashire squad:
Chilton (capt), Horton, Loye, Croft, Cross (wkt), Hodge, Mullaney, Smith, Newby, Cork, Keedy, Anderson.

Lancashire one to watch:
James Anderson - the England pace bowler will be keen to make a big impression after being named as the back-up seamer for Matthew Hoggard ahead of the fourth npower Test starting on Friday.
A slippery swing bowler when on song, the 24-year-old is still to rediscover the form that saw him burst onto the international scene in 2003, but remains a dangerous customer.

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