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Blast off for Sammy and Finch

West Indies captain Darren Sammy and Australia superstar Aaron Finch - the world's No 1 Twenty20 batsman - will make their debuts in the NatWest T20 Blast tonight.

Sammy is ready to add some Caribbean flair to Glamorgan's T20 Blast campaign when he makes his debut against Sussex on Friday night.

The 6ft 5in St Lucian, who led his country to a World Twenty20 championship two years ago, adds his all-round skills to a Dragons line-up that has won one and drawn one in the format so far this season.

For Sammy that means enjoyment and entertainment but he knows the balance must be struck between putting on a show for the fans and giving them winning cricket to cheer.

"I will enjoy the game as I always do," Sammy told Wales Online.

"I wouldn't say I am a T20 expert and will leave that to the Pollocks, Gayles and Dhonis of this world. I just enjoy whatever format of cricket I play.

"You just stick on the shirt and cross over the boundary line and it's like feeling like a kid again.

"It does not take much for me to blend in and I'm like the sugar in the coffee - you just mix it around.

"We owe it to the fans to play a brand of cricket that will bring people to the stadium and entertain them.

Endorsement

"That is what West Indian cricket is about and I hope to bring my own flair into the T20 Blast. It's about enjoyment. You have seen since the inception of this format everyone sees it as entertainment.

"As West Indians, we normally see it that way but to do that you need to perform. Hopefully I will put some performances in to help the club win.

"We want to play a brand of cricket the fans will like, but one which helps to win games. That is the balance."

Big-hitting Australian Finch will play for Yorkshire against Derbyshire at Headingley.

Opener Finch replaces Kane Williamson as the county's overseas player and does so on the back of a glowing endorsement from the New Zealander.

"There are a few games we will play together, which will be great," Williamson told the York Press. "I played against him in a (Twenty20 World Cup) warm-up game, and he smashed me everywhere, so I'm looking forward to playing with him."

Kevin Pietersen, however, will miss Surrey's T20 Blast fixture with Middlesex on Friday because of a finger injury.

The 33-year-old had been due to feature in the game at the Oval after completing his IPL duties with Delhi, but is now expected to make his first domestic appearance of the season against Essex in a week's time.