Wessels Hoping To Reach
Quarter-Finals In Style
Match Preview | 19th August 2014
Notts Outlaws are now just one match away from securing a home quarter-final in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
In the final round of group-stage fixtures the Outlaws host Warwickshire (2pm start), and will know that while a win guarantees a home tie in the knockout stages, defeat could mean an exit from the competition.
“It would be nice to win and get the home quarter-final but if we don’t, it’ll be an achievement in itself to reach the final eight,” said Outlaws batsman Riki Wessels.
“The last game, at Lord’s, showed the depth of the squad we have. It was the first game this year where I haven’t needed to bat.
“This will be crucial considering that we’ll be losing two players to England, it’ll give myself and Steven Mullaney a chance to step up and fill those holes.
“It’s been one of those seasons where we were always going to be missing one or two players here and there. It comes at a crucial time in the season for us, losing someone like Alex, who is probably in the form of his life.”
While Nottinghamshire will be without Alex Hales and Harry Gurney for their crunch LV= County Championship match, they are both available for this 50-over contest.
Warwickshire currently occupy second place in Group B of the competition, and should they fall victim to the Outlaws, will be leapfrogged by the home side.
“We lost to Warwickshire at home in the T20 competition, but then beat them at Edgbaston,” said Wessels.
“They’re a tough side, but will have a big weekend ahead of them with the T20 Final’s Day.
“Hopefully they’ll be thinking more about that than this match.
“Lord’s has been the pinnacle of one day cricket as far back as I can remember.
“I want nothing more that to be able to get there for that final match of the season and win.”
Notts Outlaws squad to face Warwickshire: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Riki Wessels, James Franklin, Chris Read, Steven Mullaney, Ajmal Shahzad, Jake Ball, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney