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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Graham Clark aiming to power Jets to win

Ben Stokes's absence is big blow

Durham's Graham Clark attempts a reverse sweep in the Blast clash with Yorkshire
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Durham v Nottinghamshire
Sky Sports Cricket, 2.30pm Saturday
Durham and Nottinghamshire were at opposite ends of the T20 Blast ante-post betting but six games into the North Group campaign Notts, who were 7-1 favourites to retain their title, are two points behind the 33-1 Jets.

Durham's excellent run includes a thumping 34-run win over Notts at Trent Bridge and their only defeat in five games came against Yorkshire, when they slipped from 99-1 to 147-6 chasing 158.

The Jets are 6-4 outsiders to complete a double over the Outlaws but the unavailability of England's Ben Stokes, who took 4-16 and scored a 24-ball 43 against Worcestershire last time out, is a blow.

Notts, who suffered a County Championship thrashing by Surrey this week, were back in Twenty20 action on Friday night at home to Lancashire.

They will be wary of in-form New Zealander Tom Latham but the Kiwi's opening partner Graham Clark is also a threat, having scored 39 and 55 in two Blast innings at the Riverside this summer.

The Cumbrian batsman also top-scored with 65 against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston and made 33, hitting six of the 20 balls he faced for four, in the reverse fixture at Trent Bridge.

Saturday's other North Group match pits struggling Derbyshire against Yorkshire, who travelled to Birmingham on Friday night.

Yorkshire lost last week's Roses clash with Lancashire by one run and Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are absent on England duty.

However, Adil Rashid – controversially called up to the Test squad despite not playing County Championship cricket this summer – may be available for selection.

G Clark top Durham runscorer
1pt 7-2 Coral, Ladbrokes

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The Cumbrian batsman also top-scored with 65 against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston and made 33 in the reverse fixture at Trent Bridge
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