Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell has confirmed that the LV= County Championship is his absolute priority having named a young side to face Warwickshire in today’s Clydesdale Bank 40 clash.

Newell will resist the temptation to call on senior batsmen Mark Wagh and Ali Brown with an eye on Tuesday’s penultimate four-day clash against Yorkshire.

Alex Hales and Akhil Patel will open the batting knowing that victory will secure a semi-final spot whilst defeat will spell an end to limited overs cricket this season.

Warwickshire have been bolstered by the inclusion of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell knowing that victory or defeat will spell an identical fate faced by Notts.

"To be in this position where we can make the last four after reaching finals day in the Friends Provident r20 is a great effort.

"The good thing this year is that we have blooded the younger players while we have been playing quite well.

“Last year they came in when we were struggling and that is not easy.”

Newell’s faith in academy graduates Akhil Patel, Scot Elstone and Jake Ball sees them selected ahead of the likes of Matt Wood, Bilal Shafayat and Neil Edwards although there are far fewer options in the seam bowling department.

Darren Pattinson faces a battle to prove his fitness in time for the Yorkshire match whilst Charlie Shreck and Andy Carter are definitely ruled out.

The importance of Andre Adams to Nottinghamshire’s title chances means that although he will travel to Edgbaston, he may be left out in favour of Jake Ball.

Adam Voges will bat at number three with Samit Patel, Chris Read, Steven Mullaney and Paul Franks adding steel to the middle order.

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 4 and the draw for the semi-finals will take place at the conclusion of the nine fixtures taking place today.

Notts Outlaws team to face Warwickshire Bears (from): Alex Hales, Akhil Patel, Adam Voges, Samit Patel, Scott Elstone, Chris Read ©, Steven Mullaney, Paul Franks, Graeme White, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball, Andre Adams