Tuesday 2 April 2013 

2013 County Cricket Preview - Part One

2013 County Cricket Preview - Part One
2013 County Cricket Preview - Part One
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Derbyshire
Captain: Wayne Madsen
Overseas player: Shivnarine Chanderpaul
In: Billy Godleman (Essex), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (overseas), Richard Johnson (Warwickshire)
Out: Hamza Siddique, Matt Lineker, Garry Park (all released), Jake Needham (retired), Martin Guptill, Usman Khawaja (both overseas)

Derbyshire have only strengthened their squad ahead of 2013, with Chanderpaul likely to supply at least the same amount of runs as last year’s overseas pair of Martin Guptill and Usman Khawaja. Billy Godleman will provide competition to the likes of Paul Borrington and Ben Slater at the top of the order, while Richard Johnson will do likewise to Tom Poynton behind the stumps. Nonetheless, expect a season of consolidation in the top flight with a mid-table finish seen as a success.
Predictions - CC: 7th (2012 position: Winners of Div Two), YB40: Group stage (2012 position: 4th in Group C)

Main man: Shivnarine Chanderpaul could prove to be one of the more inspired overseas signings of 2013. Not only is he a world class batsman, but due to not playing limited-overs cricket for the West Indies anymore, he should be available for all of it.
Young player to watch: All-rounder Peter Burgoyne is a graduate of the club’s Academy and took himself off to Zimbabwe this winter to play for Southern Rocks, who are coached by Derbyshire batting coach David Houghton. In seven first-class matches, Burgoyne averaged 33.64 with the bat, including hitting two centuries, and 32.7 with the ball. He may allow Derbyshire to play two spinners at some point in 2013 without weakening the batting.

Batsmen: Billy Godleman (LHB/LB), Ben Slater (LHB), Paul Borrington (RHB/OB), Wes Durston (RHB/OB), Wayne Madsen (RHB/OB), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (LHB/LB), Dan Redfern (LHB/OB).
All-Rounders: Chesney Hughes (LHB/SLA), Alex Hughes (RHB/RM), Ross Whiteley (LHB/LM), Peter Burgoyne (RHB/OB), David Wainwright (LHB/SLA), Jonathan Clare (RHB/RFM), Matt Higginbottom (LHB/RMF).
Wicket-keepers: Richard Johnson (RHB), Tom Poynton (RHB), Chris Durham (RHB).
Bowlers: Tony Palladino (RHB/RFM), Alasdair Evans (RHB/RMF), Johnny Mrsden (RHB/RFM), Mark Turner (RHB/RFM), Mark Footitt (RHB/LFM), Tim Groenewald (RHB/RFM), Tom Knight (RHB/SLA).

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Durham
Captain: Paul Collingwood (first-class cricket), Dale Benkenstein (one-day cricket)
Overseas player: None
In: None
Out: Michael Di Venuto, Ian Blackwell (both retired), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire)

Durham have lost Michael Di Venuto and appear unlikely to have an overseas player for 2013. A lot will depend on the ageing Dale Benkenstein and Paul Collingwood for runs. Graham Onions was crucial to their mid-table finish in 2012, but he will probably spend at least part of the summer with England and can surely not have such a strong season again in any event.
Predictions - CC: 9th (6th in Div One), YB40: Group stage (5th in Group B)

Main man: Paul Collingwood will need to lead from the front as skipper and with the bat in 2013. Last season he topped the Durham first-class averages with 33.82 - he and the rest of the batting line-up need to do better.
Young players to watch: Last year, seam-bowlers Mark Wood and Jamie Harrison impressed when they played. With Liam Plunkett gone, Stephen Harmison unlikely to feature prominently, and Callum Thorp not getting any younger, they will need to step up and have the potential to form the backbone of the Durham attack for the next decade.

Batsmen: Mark Stoneman (LHB), Ramanpreet Singh (RHB/OB), Will Smith (RHB/OB), Gordon Muchall (RHB/RM), Keaton Jennings (LHB/RMF), Dale Benkenstein (RHB/RM), Paul Collingwood (RHB/RM).
All-Rounders: Ben Stokes (LHB/RM), Johann Myburgh (RHB/OB), Ben Raine (LHB/RMF), Gareth Breese (RHB/OB).
Wicket-keepers: Phil Mustard (LHB), Michael Richardson (RHB)
Bowlers: Paul Coughlin (RHB/RM), Mark Wood (RHB/RFM), Jamie Harrison (RHB/LMF), Callum Thorp (RHB/RM), Stephen Harmison (RHB/RFM), Chris Rushworth (RHB/RFM), Mitchell Claydon (LHB/RMF), Graham Onions (RHB/RFM), Ruel Brathwaite (RHB/RFM), Scott Borthwick (LHB/LB).

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Essex
Captain: James Foster
Overseas player: Rob Quiney (first half)
In: Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire), Rob Quiney (overseas)
Out: Billy Godleman (Derbyshire), Michael Comber (released), Adam Wheater (Hampshire), Charl Willoughby (retired), Alviro Petersen (Somerset), Harbhajan Singh, James Franklin (both overseas)

A lot has been written about the amount of young players that Essex let slip through their grasp and they will be anxious to ensure that the same does not happen to left-arm quick bowlers Tymal Mills and Reece Topley. If they have good seasons then promotion is a real possibility, although they will miss the runs from Ryan ten Doeschate and Owais Shah in the first half of the season due to IPL commitments. Expect a strong run in the Friend Life t20 and even Yorkshire Bank 40 when they return.
Predictions - CCD2: 5th (5th in Div Two), YB40: Group stage (5th in Group A)

Main man: Ravi Bopara had personal problems last season which resulted in him being dropped from the England team. He also has no IPL contract for 2013 and will be hungrier than ever to regain his England place. It would be a travesty if he didn’t manage well over 1000 first-class runs in 2013.
Young player to watch: Reece Topley had a stellar Friends Life t20 competition in 2012 and was impressive in the Under-19 world cup in August. In 2013 he will want to establish himself firmly in Essex’s first choice Championship side and could form a potent new-ball attack with David Masters.

Batsmen: Jaik Mickleburgh (RHB/RMF), Tom Westley (RHB/OB), Alastair Cook (LHB), Rob Quiney (LHB/RM), Ravi Bopara (RHB/RM), Owais Shah (RHB/OB), Mark Pettini (RHB/RM), Kishen Vilani (RHB/RM).
All-Rounders: Ryan ten Doeschate (RHB/RMF), Greg Smith (RHB/RM or OB), Graham Napier (RHB/RFM).
Wicket-keepers: James Foster (RHB), Ben Foakes (RHB).
Bowlers: Sajid Mahmood (RHB/RFM), David Masters (RHB/RMF), Maurice Chambers (RHB/RF), Tymal Mills (RHB/LF), Reece Topley (RHB/LFM), Tim Phillips (LHB/SLA), Tom Craddock (RHB/LB).

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