The Warwickshire Bears have recalled batsman Trevor Penney for tonight's crunch Twenty20 Cup group clash with the Somerset Sabres at Edgbaston.
Warwickshire have recalled batsman Trevor Penney for tonight's crunch Twenty20 Cup group clash with Somerset at Edgbaston (5.30pm).
Penney has yet to play in the competition this season because of a hamstring injury which he aggravated in the Totesport League defeat by Leicestershire two weeks ago.
But he is now fully fit and comes straight back into the side to give Warwickshire more depth in their batting. Stuart Eustace makes way for Penney who will keep wicket in the continued absence of Tony Frost even though he is widely regarded as the best fielder in the side.
Eustace, who was signed last month when Keith Piper was sacked for taking cannabis, has played in every Twenty20 game so far but has struggled to make the jump from club cricket with Derbyshire Premier League club Dunstall to first team cricket in front of packed grounds.
Warwickshire have also recalled batsman/off-spinner Ian Westwood, who played in the win over Glamorgan at Swansea nine days ago. Westwood takes the place of all-rounder Dougie Brown who is now on international duty with Scotland in the ICC Trophy in Ireland.
Brown flew to Belfast on Saturday and helped Scotland to a seven wickets win over Canada. Brown was not due to return to county duty until next Saturday at the earliest but he could make a surprise appearance in Wednesday's final Twenty20 group match against North-amptonshire at Edgbaston if Warwickshire need to win that game to qualify for the quarter-finals.
"It's something that we have discussed and it's an option we will probably use if we beat Somerset," said Warwickshire captain Nick Knight. "Scotland do not have a game on Wednesday and Dougie has indicated that he is willing to come back and play for us if it means helping us into the quarter-finals."
To reach the knockout stages Warwickshire need to win their last two matches, a one run defeat by Worcester-shire at Edgbaston leaving them with no margin for error.
"It's worked out really well," Knight said. "We have two big games to finish off with against the top two teams in the group. That means that if we beat them we take points off them and move up the group.
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