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Notts County Cricket Club
Aiming to go one better
By Robin Chipperfield
Last season Notts reached the final of cricket's Twenty20 cup but lost in the final to Leicestershire. Can they win it this time?
Twenty20 cricket can be seen as a "hit and miss affair." And most of the time, quite literally.
But, having not been taken especially seriously by most cricketers as it begun, Twenty20 is becoming an important fixture on the cricket calendar.
It's fair to say that Notts hadn't taken it seriously until last summer, treating it as a bit of good fun, played in front of large crowds, but certainly not to worry too much about.
Taking it seriously
Notts were concentrating on four-day cricket, and were successful in that too with promotion and a County Championship win.
But the attitude changed at the beginning of last season, and Notts continued their upward curve in one-day cricket.
Notts look a dynamic one-day side in Twenty20 and would be well-backed to reach Finals Day again. They've got powerful hitters throughout the top order, with many counties looking on enviously at the likes of Hussey, Read, Fleming and Ealham.
The bowling can also be strong with an array of canny operators although Notts may miss Ryan Sidebottom depending on whether he is allowed to play by England. His ability to "strangle" opposition batsmen in the early stages of their innings has often left them with too much to do later in the day.
What the Nottinghamshire players think
Director of cricket Mick Newell and some of the Notts players talk about Twenty20.
last updated: 27/06/07