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Twenty20 South Group: Final fixture preview

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With the Ashes well and truly in full flow, teams will be missing certain players heading into tonight's t20 South Group games.

Hampshire have constructed an unassailable lead atop of the table with 15 points, but the race remains tight for second place heading into the final round of games. 

All teams will be calling upon their most senior heads not called up to the Ashes, as they bid to end the group on a high note. 

We take a look at the prospective games ahead of tonight's clashes, which stand to be competitively fought. 

Essex v Surrey

With Chris Temlett away with England on international duty, Surrey head into this away fixture with the knowledge that victory will gift them a home quarter-final. 

Jade Dernbach will be influential for Surrey and many fans will be hoping the 27-year-old England bowler is on song.

Essex are coming into the game off the back of a defeat to group winners Hampshire, and will be looking to leapfrog Surrey in the table with a home win.

Sussex vs Kent

The Sussex Sharks will complete their t20 campaign with a home fixture agains the Kent Spitfires. 

Sussex, who remain bottom of the South Group, are only two points shy of their next opponents, and will be looking for a strong finish. Their ambitions should be bolstered by the return of Luke Wright, who is now ready to play again since recovering from his knee-injury. 

Kent meanwhile, though unable to move any higher up the table than second from bottom, will be bidding to send out a message by way of beating their close rivals. 

Hampshire vs Middlesex

Hampshire host Middlesex in their final outing of the t20 South Group, knowing that qualification is already guaranteed. Having only lost three times in the competition thus far, Hampshire Royals are looking good value for their wins, and Middlesex will have to raise their game if they are to come away with the points.

The Panthers currently sit in fourth position and can't be caught by the team directly below them in Kent. A win could see them battling with Surrey and Essex for second or third place, but Hampshire will be favourites at home.


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