Notts Outlaws captain Chris Read is confident that his side can pose a genuine threat to any team in the competition when the Twenty20 Cup campaign begins this week.

The Outlaws begin their group programme on Friday with an away fixture against Yorkshire Carnegie before Durham visit Trent Bridge on Saturday and the stakes have been raised with the news that the two finalists will qualify for the Cricket Champions League with a first prize of £2.5 million.

“We have players in our squad that can help us to compete with any side in the competition and we take Twenty20 cricket very seriously,” said Notts Outlaws captain Chris Read.

“There are no easy games and we will face tough opponents in our group and there will be five very tense encounters at Trent Bridge.”

The opposition

Yorkshire Carnegie

One to watch: Adil Rashid – Young leg-spinner averaged 46.47 with the bat in the County Championship last season.
Tournament odds: 11/1
Captain: Darren Gough
Coach: Martyn Moxon

Durham Dynamos

One to watch: Will Smith – Well known to Notts supporters having appeared throughout 2006. Took a memorable catch for Notts against Surrey in the semi-final of the 2006 Twenty20 Cup.
Tournament odds: 9/1
Captain: Dale Benkenstein
Coach: Geoff Cook

Leicestershire Foxes

One to watch: HD Ackerman – His 309 not out against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in 2006 is the highest ever first class score by a Leicestershire player. Made four Test appearances for South Africa in 1998.
Tournament odds: 18/1
Captain: Paul Nixon
Coach: Tim Boon


Derbyshire Phantoms

One to watch: Nayan Doshi – The Nottingham-born left-arm spinner joined Derbyshire from Surrey in 2006 and made an immediate impact in the Twenty20 Cup taking 21 wickets at an average of 11.57.
Tournament odds: 20/1
Captain: Rikki Clarke
Coach: John Morris

Lancashire Lightning

One to watch:
Francois du Plessis – On trial at Trent Bridge last season, du Plessis scored a half century in Notts LV County Championship encounter at Old Trafford earlier this month.
Tournament odds: 15/2
Captain: Stuart Law
Coach: Mike Watkinson


The home team


Notts Outlaws

One to watch: Mark Ealham – Experienced all-rounder has 29 Twenty20 and a strike rate of 6.85. Knows where the boundary is as well.
Tournament odds: 12/1
Captain: Chris Read
Coach: Mick Newell


Notts Outlaws Twenty20 Cup Fixtures


13 June - Yorkshire (a) 5.30pm

14 June - Durham (h) 2.30pm

16 June - Derbyshire (h) 5.30pm

18 June - Durham (a) 5.30pm

19 June - Leicestershire (h) 5.30pm

20 June - Derbyshire (a) 7pm

22 June - Lancashire (h) 2.30pm

24 June - Leicestershire (a) 5.30pm

25 June - Lancashire (a) 5.30pm

27 June - Yorkshire (h) 5.30pm


Ticket Information

Discounts of up to £3 per ticket are available on advanced tickets for Notts Outlaws home group fixtures at Trent Bridge when purchased before 4pm the day before each game.

Advance tickets cost £12 for adults, £7 for juniors and senior citizens and £31 for families (two adults and two children).
Groups of ten or more can buy tickets for the special price of £9.60 each in advance in person or by phone from the ticket office.

Group tickets are not available online and must be purchased before 4pm the day before the game.
Tickets are available on the day priced £15 for adults, £15 for senior citizens, £8 for juniors and £38 for families (two adults and two children).

Twenty20 Cup season passes are available until 4pm on Friday June 13 and cost £50 for adults, £30 for juniors and senior citizens and £132 for families (two adults and two children).

To book, call 08701688888 or buy online by clicking here.