Yorkshire look to Gough

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An 18,500 sell-out crowd will pack Headingley today to watch Yorkshire take on Northamptonshire in the semi-final of the NatWest Trophy.

Yorkshire, whose last appearance in the final was in 1969, are in a buoyant mood after the two-wicket win over Lancashire in the quarter-finals.

Martyn Moxon, their captain who missed that tight victory because of a broken right thumb, leads a team which includes Darren Gough, despite a foot injury that is keeping him out of first-class cricket.

Northamptonshire are unlikely to be intimidated. Attempting to win their first Championship title, they will be the team of the season if they can lift the NatWest Trophy as well.

Support for Glamorgan at Cardiff in their semi-final against Warwickshire will be equally vociferous, as the Welsh county have yet to win a knock- out trophy and their only appearance in a final was 18 years ago. Warwickshire, on the other hand, were within a match of completing the hat-trick of titles last season, losing the NatWest final to Worcestershire.

Nick Knight, their opening batsman who suffered a head injury during the fifth Test, is expected to declare himself fit.

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