Middlesex enter their final Lord's fixture of 2013 against Nottinghamshire with their LV= County Championship title challenge all but over - but with pride and prize money at stake against the YB40 Finalists.
The hosts lie in third place with the Notts fixture and a trip to second placed Yorkshire their two remaining matches of the 2013 summer.
And while they are assured of at least a mid-table finish this summer, the extra prize-money available for a higher placing and the desire to at least match last season's third place will spur Angus Fraser's side on.
With Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan on England duty, there is also the possibility that youngsters Tom Helm, Josh Davey and Gurjit Sandu - peripheral figures throughout the season - will be handed a start and a chance to impress at the highest level. All three are named in the fourteen-man match squad.
Nottinghamshire meanwhile are in a strange position, hovering just outside the relegation battle and with one eye on the YB40 Final at Lord's on Saturday 21 September after they beat Somerset to set up a clash with Glamorgan.
The drop remains a remote possibility for the Outlaws, but Chris Reed's men will nonetheless be keen on picking up enough points to make survival a mathematical certainty by the final round of matches, to allow them to focus their attention on the county's first Lord's final in 24 years.