Friday night is once again Natwest T20 Blast night as 16 teams take part in what will hopefully be an evening of exciting cricket uninterrupted by the recent inclement weather.
Unfortunately for many, Surrey's Kevin Pietersen will not be making his first appearance of the season against winless Middlesex at the Kia Oval due to a finger injury, but that does not mean there is no less excitement about this round of fixtures.
The highlight has to be the debut for Yorkshire Vikings of the world's number one ranked T20 player Aaron Finch, fresh from his IPL stint, against the Derbyshire Falcons. The hard hitting Aussie is bound to be a crowd pleaser during his spell at Headingley and Derbyshire will be all too aware of the threat he possesses.
Darren Sammy is another high-class International player who is due to make his debut for Glamorgan against Sussex at the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff. The West Indian is a great acquisition for the South Wales club and is fresh from playing in the IPL captaining Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Worcestershire Rapids game against last year's champions Northants Steelbacks looks to be an intriguing battle with Saeed Ajmal, who has been in fantastic form this season, pitting his wits potentially against Northants' star David Willey. Willey is the joint top six hitter in the competition this season and who can forget the impact he made in last year's glorious final victory at Edgbaston. Northants will be fresh after having their Thursday night T20 game called off at Derbyshire and will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season.
In another of tonight's fixtures the Hampshire Royals take on the Essex Eagles at the Ageas Bowl in a game that marks Sean Irvine's landmark 100th T20 game for Hampshire.
In addition to all today's fixtures is the announcement of the return to T20 cricket for Andrew Flintoff at Lancashire. This will further the excitement that this competition brings to players and supporters alike. He hopes to make his comeback next week in the Roses battle against Yorkshire with his Lancashire side already in terrific form this season in the competition. They currently top the North Group and were victorious last night by 1 run in a thrilling game against the Durham Jets.
The full fixtures for Friday May 30 2014
Worcestershire Rapids v Northants Steelbacks
Yorkshire Vikings v Derbyshire Falcons
Nottinghamshire Outlaws v Durham Jets
Glamorgan v Sussex Sharks
Lancashire Lightning v Birmingham Bears
Surrey v Middlesex Panthers
Hampshire Royals v Essex Eagles
Kent Spitfires v Gloucestershire
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