Match Preview | 3rd June 2008
Outlaws Set For Quarter-Final
Will Jefferson is in line for a recall to the Notts Outlaws side for Wednesday's Friends Provident Trophy quarter-final after hitting 77 runs in the Second XI draw with Gloucestershire last week.
Director of Cricket Mick Newell had allowed Bilal Shafayat and Graeme Swann to open the batting in the group stage defeat against Leicestershire Foxes but having reached the knockout stage, he has decided to put faith in his most experienced opening batsman.
Notts face Durham Dynamos at the Riverside needing a win to progress to the semi-finals.
“Will is a quality player he went away and scored runs for the second team and I have to back his ability,” said Newell
“I was relatively happy with the way that we played in the group games but we didn’t produce a complete performance by any means and there is room for improvement which we will have to find at this stage of the competition.”
Durham won the Northern group to guarantee a home quarter-final and Newell has acknowledged the strengths of the team that eliminated Notts from the competition last season.
“We lost by one wicket last year and of course it would be good to reverse the result but Durham are a strong, well-balanced side,” he said.
“Onions and Plunkett won’t be involved but Phil Mustard is a dangerous player and we have to perform.”
Play begins at 12noon with full-match commentary available at www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham .
Notts (from): Will Jefferson, Graeme Swann, Mark Wagh, Adam Voges, Samit Patel, Chris Read, Bilal Shafayat, Mark Ealham, Paul Franks, Darren Pattinson, Charlie Shreck, Luke Fletcher, Matt Wood
Will Jefferson hit 77 for the Second XI and is poised to return