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Hall ready to return for the Steelbacks

The Northamptonshire Steelbacks head into their biggest match for years with coach David Capel looking for something special.

They go to Chelmsford tonight to take on Essex in a Twenty20 Cup quarter-final a game that sees them just 40 overs of cricket away from a date in the finals day.

And head coach Capel is relishing the battle ahead.

"It's as big a game as I can remember for a while," he said. "It would be great to get through to the finals day and be involved in that fantastic event.

"I know the people of Northamptonshire come out and support those big matches so it would be nice to provide them with some success.

"Also, for the players, it would be great to get there because it is something special. If anyone needs any extra motivation then they're in the wrong business.

"It's a late start, under lights with 6,000 people in the ground many of which will have had a few lagers in them. The atmosphere should be excellent and it is up to us to turn the crowd quiet."

The Steelbacks should be boosted by the return of Andrew Hall.

He has missed the lpst few matches because of an abductor muscle strain.

But Capel is confident his star performer the joint leading wicket taker in the competition should come in to the side.

Capel said: "He's been a major player for us in this tournament.

Indeed, he's been a major player in the whole tournament. He had a bowling sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as he builds himself up and he desperately wants to play. I expect him to be fit and playing a key role for us."

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