Friday 4 April 2014 

Beat The Bookies - County Championship Round One

Moeen Ali hits out
Mooen Ali had a terrific season in 2013, but can he deliver again this year?
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Here is a stats preview to give you a chance to beat the bookies at their own game as the 2014 LV= County Championship gets underway this weekend.

And watch the video above as Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison and Simon Jones think at the start of the season.

Division 1 matches beginning 6th April:

Nottinghamshire v Sussex
Lancashire v Middlesex

Hampshire have won five of their last seven home championship matches against Worcestershire, including an innings victory last season.

One of Sussex’s last eight home championship matches against Middlesex have been drawn. Sussex have four wins in this time, Middlesex three.

Eight of the last 12 championship meetings between Surrey and Glamorgan at The Oval have been drawn (Surrey three wins, Glamorgan one).

Four of Division One’s seven highest run-scorers in 2013 played for Sussex or Middlesex: Sam Robson, Ed Joyce, Chris Nash and Chris Rogers.

Three of the seven bowlers to take 50 Division One wickets in 2013 played for Sussex: Steve Magoffin, Chris Jordan and James Anyon.

Division 2 matches beginning 6th April:

Hampshire v Worcestershire
Leicestershire v Derbyshire
Surrey v Glamorgan

Chris Rogers and Sam Robson recorded the highest opening partnership of the 2013 championship season – 259 against Surrey at Lord’s.

Andre Adams hit the most sixes in Division One last year – 17, six more than anyone else.

Moeen Ali was the highest run-scorer across both divisions in 2013. He hit 1,375 runs at an average of 62.5.

Worcestershire had Division Two’s highest run-scorer and wicket-taker (Moeen Ali and Alan Richardson).

Of bowlers to deliver at least 50 overs in Division Two last year, only Trent Copeland (18.3) had a lower average than Kyle Hogg (18.4).

Stats provided by Opta

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