Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Sharp Confirms County To Check On Guptill Availability For Blast Finals Day

Kevin Sharp has confirmed that Worcestershire are to make contact with Martin Guptill about the possibility of him being available for Vitality Blast finals day at Edgbaston on September 15.

But the County’s Head Coach admitted it would depend how Guptill’s team, Barbados Tridents, fare in the Caribbean Premier League.

Guptill played in the Rapids opening eight Blast matches of 2018, scoring a memorable century in his final appearance against Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road.

He then linked up with the Tridents who are currently lying fifth out of six teams in the CPL although they have games in hand on all teams in the competition.

The knockout stages take place on September 11, 12 and 14 with two qualifiers and an eliminator before the final is staged on September 16.

Sharp said: “Is Martin Guptill available for finals day? It will depend on what happens in the West Indies but we will be on his case.

“He knows that. We did say if we got to finals day that we would be in touch with him.

“I think it will be depend on how his team goes in the West Indies. It would be great if we could see him on finals day.”

Wayne Parnell is already confirmed as one of the possible two overseas players allowed in the Blast for finals day.

But Callum Ferguson flies back to Australia next week after scoring a match-winning half century in the quarter-final win over Gloucestershire.