Newell Looks Ahead
To Foxes Clash
Match Preview | 12th July 2013
Notts Outlaws return to white-ball cricket with the resumption of their Friends Life t20 campaign with a fixture against Leicestershire Foxes.
The Outlaws have been in fine white-ball form all season, and impressive victories over Derbyshire and Durham have pleased Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
"We're playing very well," he said.
"What has impressed me more has been the manner of the victories,
"We have improved every game, and the performance against Durham was hugely impressive, to restrict them to that total was good, and we're confident chasing down any score set."
One man looking to continue his excellent form is Michael Lumb, who has been instrumental in Notts' run chases, almost single handedly seeing off Durham Dynamos less than 24 hours after an excellent 50 against Derbyshire Falcons.
"He's in excellent form, and has a good record in this competition," said Newell.
"There shouldn't be any extra pressure onto the other players because of his form, the only pressure will be what they put on themselves."
Notts' opponents today, Leicestershire Foxes, have found progress far harder and face the prospect of finishing at the base of the group should the tide not change. Newell, however, is wary of these wounded foxes.
"They've got to the stage where they can't afford to lose," he said.
"Local derbies always offer a little more spice, and the lads are looking forward to it."
One constant in Notts' performances in the FLt20 has been captain David Hussey's consistent success with the coin, winning all four tosses to date and electing to chase in all of them. Don't expect this tactic to change any time soon.
"Why would you want to change?" said Newell.
"We're confident in our batting to chase down any of the targets set, we just need to keep winning the toss."
Newell added: "It's astonishing to win the toss four times in a row, and if that changes, we'll deal with it."
Notts Outlaws XI to face Leicestershire Foxes: Hales, Lumb, Taylor, Hussey (c), Patel, Read, Mullaney, White, Butler, Fletcher, Ball