Nottinghamshire’s Second Eleven continue their season of Twenty20 cricket today with a pair of fxitures against Durham.

After testing contests against Lancashire and Yorkshire last week, captain Paul Franks was keen to see his young side impose themselves on their opponents early.

“We’ve learnt a lot over the past week about our strengths and where we need to improve,” he said.

“We’ve done some really good thing, but we’ve also been exposed a little bit.

“Playing double-headers is incredibly physically demanding for the lads involved. But, it gives them a chance to show what they’re capable of over 80 overs.”

Nottinghamshire’s youthful side are set to face international quality in Ben Stokes when Durham arrive at Lady Bay, and Franks added that his side shouldn’t be overawed by his presence.

“Ben Stokes’ presence will be an excellent test for the lads,” he said.

“There’s no better test for young players than facing international-standard cricketers.

“We need to work hard and push ourselves, pitch ourselves against the very best and work hard to secure a result.”

Nottinghamshire Second XI squad to face Durham: Matt Cross, Sam Kelsall, Sam Wood, Adam Tillcock, Brett Hutton, Guy Walker, Hassan Azad, Simon Webster, Luke Fletcher, Luke Wood, Gemaal Hussain, Ben Kitt.