Twenty20 injury costs White his semi berth

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The Yorkshire captain Craig White will miss tomorrow's C&G Trophy semi-final against Gloucestershire at Bristol through injury.

The Yorkshire captain Craig White will miss tomorrow's C&G Trophy semi-final against Gloucestershire at Bristol through injury.

White limped off the field during last night's Twenty20 Cup victory over Lancashire at Headingley and left the ground on crutches after injuring his knee trying to take a catch.

The former England all-rounder said he felt the injury was bad and will have a scan to determine its seriousness. He fell awkwardly as he tried to take a high catch from Andrew Flintoff on the boundary.

White has only recently recovered from a hamstring problem. "I have had knee injuries before and this one feels bad," he said. "My knee is heavily swollen and I can hardly move it. A scan will reveal the extent of the damage but, to be honest, it doesn't look good. I can't believe this has happened after all the injury problems I've suffered and it could not have come at a worse time."

Yorkshire's director of cricket, David Byas, said: "It's hugely disappointing to lose Craig, particularly to such a freakish injury. To lose your captain for a match of Saturday's magnitude is clearly a massive blow."

Meanwhile, Durham have strengthened their squad by signing the former Zimbabwe all-rounder Andy Blignaut on a short-term contract. Blignaut, one of the 15 rebels frozen out of Zimbabwean cricket, joins the county on a one-month deal under the Kolpak ruling and therefore does not count as an overseas player. The 25-year-old effectively replaces the paceman Shoaib Akhtar, who is on international duty with Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

Blignaut had been in the country with his fellow Zimbabwean rebels as part of a tour to raise awareness of their situation and money for charity. Going under the name of "Red Lions", the rebels started their tour with a 20-over match against the all-star club side Lashings last night.

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