A change of regulation for 2010 meant that counties were allowed to field two overseas players in the Friends Provident t20.

Nottinghamshire signed Dirk Nannes specifically for this series of matches and successfully reached the Finals Day in Southampton.

Nannes, who was born in Mount Waverley, Melbourne, Victoria on May 16 1976, was a left arm fast medium bower, who made his debut for his native state in 2005/06 and at the start of the 2010 season had taken 93 first-class wickets at 25.02, but more impressively 65 wicket at 18.18 in twenty20 matches.

His international career was limited to twenty20 matches for the Netherlands and Australia, but he had been Middlesex’s overseas star for 2008, when Middlesex won the twenty20 title.

He appeared in 16 twenty20 matches for Notts in 2010, taking 17 wickets at 27.41.

Nannes joined Surrey for the 2011 and 2012 English Twenty20 tournaments and has also had stints playing for Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mountaineers, Melbourne Renegades, Highveld Lions, Sydney Thunder and Chennai Super Kings.