With The Hundred just 40 days away, Trent Rockets captain Lewis Gregory has spoken of the eagerness he feels for the new-competition to launch.

“I’m thoroughly excited to get cracking with it,” he said, adding that the delay from the intended start date of last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic has only served to increase his appetite for the new format.

“It’s a competition that’s been in the works now for 18 months or so because of everything that’s been going on, so I just can’t wait.

“We have a really strong squad, which includes quite a few Notts boys, and it’ll be really thrilling to call Trent Bridge my home ground for four weeks this summer.”

The 15-man squad which Gregory talks of includes no fewer than five players who currently wear the green and gold of Nottinghamshire.

Matt Carter, Alex Hales, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel and Tom Moores will all represent the Rockets this summer, and Gregory is delighted to have them onboard.

In particular, he knows the destructive capabilities of Hales all too well: “I was lucky enough to play alongside Alex in the Pakistan Super League this year, and we got on really well,” said the Somerset all-rounder.

“He’s obviously an unbelievable player, so to be honest I’m quite excited he’s on my side so I don’t have to bowl at him.”

Gregory is also enthused by the ability of another powerful batsman who knows Trent Bridge inside out: “Tom Moores is a great striker of the ball, and is pretty maverick in some of the shots he plays,” Gregory added.

“I’ve seen him start to make his name in franchise cricket over the past couple of winters too, so he’s definitely one I’m expecting to bring that brilliant brand of cricket we know he can.”

Spinner Carter, who will partner Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, also comes in for praise from 29-year-old Gregory: “I’ve played opposite Carts in the past, and we all know he’s done brilliantly in white ball cricket over the past few years, especially in the powerplay.

“Those powerplay overs are very difficult to bowl, so it’s clear how good he is to be able to do that. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get plenty of use out of him, and I have no doubt he’ll be able to do for us what he’s been doing for the past few years in the Blast.”

Gregory’s excitement at captaining exciting players is matched by his eagerness to enjoy a temporary home at Trent Bridge.

“I’ve done reasonably well at Trent Bridge in the past when I’ve played there, so that’s quite a boost,” he said.

“It’s undoubtedly a great place to play cricket, especially when you consider the type of wickets that you’ll be playing on there.

“It’s a place I do love playing at, so it really will be a treat to call it home for a bit.”