Chris Nash to captain Sussex Sharks in tonight’s T20 Blast against Middlesex Panthers at Hove

Chris Nash (right) will captain the side with Ed Joyce (left) still injured
Chris Nash (right) will captain the side with Ed Joyce (left) still injured

The NatWest T20 Blast returns to Hove this evening (Friday, June 27) when Sussex Sharks take on Middlesex Panthers at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground (7pm start).

The Sharks got their 20-over campaign back on track last Friday with an impressive 35-run victory over Kent Spitfires.

Luke Wright hit 85 from 61 balls in the win and in the process became only the second Englishman to have passed 4,000 runs in T20 cricket.

He was well supported at the crease by young Harry Finch on his competition debut whilst Steffan Piolet was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-14.

Both are included in tonight’s Sharks squad, along with Horsham spinner Will Beer.

Skipper Ed Joyce will not be risked again due to a hamstring problem so Chris Nash captains the side.

Chris Jordan and Matt Prior will once again be missing as they are rested ahead of England’s Test series with India, and Michael Yardy remains unavailable as he recovers from a bicep tear.

The victory over Kent moved Sussex back to within two points of the top four in the South Group ahead of another mouth-watering affair with Middlesex Panthers, who were defeated by Sussex in the return fixture at Lord’s earlier this season by 13 runs.

Former Sussex recruit Ollie Rayner is in Middlesex’s squad this evening, who will be skippered by England’s Eoin Morgan, and can boast Aussie ace Dan Christian amongst the ranks.

The Sussex full squad:

JE Anyon

WAT Beer

BC Brown (wkt)

HZ Finch

RJ Hamilton-Brown

LJ Hatchett

CJ Liddle

MW Machan

CD Nash (capt)

SA Piolet

LJ Wright

Yasir Arafat

SAA Zaidi