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Steelbacks out to seal quarter final place

Northamptonshire Steelbacks can clinch their place in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-finals this evening with victory over Somerset Sabres at the County Ground.

The opportunity passed David Capel's men by when they were beaten by Worcestershire Royals on Tuesday evening.

But the second, and golden, chance arrives today, and head coach Capel believes his team will need to show the same resolve that helped them bounce back against Glamorgan Dragons on Sunday following two successive defeats.

"There's no need to over-complicate matters," Capel said. "We know a victory will see us qualify and that's what we will be aiming for.

"What we will need is a repeat performance of the one we produced against Glamorgan last weekend.

"We went into that on the back of a couple of setbacks and produced a display that was full or character and spirit.

"We will need to show that sort of resilience again against Somerset."

The Sabres arrive at Wantage Road knowing a win for them will take the race for the second automatic qualifying spot from the Mid/West/Wales Division to the final day.

From their point of view, a lot is bound to depend on the opening combination of Marcus Trescothick and Justin Langer.

And while Capel is well aware of that particular threat, he believes his team are more than capable of recording a second win over
the Sabres after beating them at Taunton in their opening game of the tournament.

"We all know it's a team game, but in the short form of the game those two (Trescothick and Langer) have shown what they are capable of," he added.

"Marcus has a century to his name and Justin has always impressed me with his determination throughout his career. The fact is, Somerset have a number of very fine cricketers in their team.

"Having said that, so do we and with both teams going for it, I think we could be in for an excellent night of cricket.

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