Sunday 4 May 2014 

Beat The Bookies - County Championship Week Five

Old Trafford
Lancashire are hoping to build on their excellent home record at Old Trafford
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Ahead of the fifth week of LV= County Championship action Sussex remain at the top of Division One and Worcestershire are the new Division Two leaders.

Round 5 fixtures

4th-7th May

Division One

Durham v Yorkshire

Lancashire v Sussex

Somerset v Nottinghamshire

Warwickshire v Middlesex

Division Two

Essex v Leicestershire

Glamorgan v Worcestershire

Kent v Surrey

Another round of fixtures gets underway today (4th May) and as counties work out the best way to reshuffle their line-up to cope with international call-ups, some of the stats below may be helpful as you try to beat the bookies.

Will Kumar Sangakkara have an instant impact at Durham? How will the likes of Warwickshire, Middlesex, Sussex and Essex cope without their England/Ireland stars?

We've given you our predictions - feel free to give us yours by leaving a comment below.

DIVISION ONE

Durham and Yorkshire have played out four draws in their last eight meetings, with two wins apiece.

VERDICT: Sangakkara to star and hand Yorkshire another defeat. Durham win.

Lancashire have not lost at Old Trafford in the Championship since the start of 2013 - won two and drawn five.

VERDICT: Lancashire to extend their unbeaten run but neither side to win. Match drawn

Warwickshire have not lost to Middlesex in their last 15 matches - six wins, nine draws in that time.

VERDICT: Both teams hindered by international call-ups. Match drawn.

Middlesex's succcessful pursuit of 472 against Yorkshire at Lord's was the third highest successful fourth-innings run chase in Championship history. The defeat for Yorkshire also ended a 21-game unbeaten run away from home.

Somerset play Nottinghamshire in the round's other fixture.

VERDICT: Don't expect the bowlers to prosper. Nottinghamshire struggling a little but should be a good contest. Match drawn.

LV= County Championship table

DIVISION TWO

Essex have won six and drawn six of their last 12 Championship games against Leicestershire.

James Foster has scored six of his 15 Championship centuries against Leicestershire. This includes his first ton back in 2004, and his most recent, in June 2013.

VERDICT: Essex may be missing Cook and Bopara but Leicestershire have not won for some time. Essex win.

Expect a positive result as Glamorgan take on Worcestershire as the two sides have shared three wins in the last six meetings.

VERDICT: Glamorgan haven't been able to keep up their good start. Ajmal to inspire Worcestershire. Worcestershire win.

Against Surrey, Kent have won three and drawn three of their last six Championship matches.

VERDICT: Tough to call. Neither of these sides have really got going yet. Surrey win.

LV= County Championship table

Stats from Opta

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