Beat The Bookies - LV= County Championship Week 15
Using the latest stats from Opta, see if you can beat the bookies and make a winning bet on the penultimate round of the LV= County Championship fixtures.
As the competition enters its closing stages, the battle is intense at both ends of the table. Durham, Yorkshire and Middlesex are chasing the title but at the bottom, just 23 points separate Nottinghamshire in sixth place and bottom side Surrey with Derbyshire and Somerset in between.
In Division Two, Lancashire look set for a return to the top flight with Northamptonshire likely to join them although Essex, with a game in hand in third place, will be pushing them all the way.
The next round of fixtures, getting underway on 11th September, is as follows:
Derbyshire v Durham
Durham have visited Derbyshire 10 times in the County Championship but won only once, and that was back in 1994. Derbyshire have won three times with six draws.
Middlesex v Nottinghamshire
The last five matches between these two sides at Middlesex have ended in a draw - a repeat would leave neither side happy as they bid to revive a title challenge and stay clear of the drop respectively. Should Ollie Rayner produce another performance like he did last week, when his 15-118 were the best figures since Mohammad Sami's 15-114 for Kent against Nottinghamshire in 2003, a result is certainly possible.
Somerset v Surrey
Similarly, a draw will be of little help to either of the two sides propping up the rest, but the statistics say that when Somerset host Surrey, that is the expected outcome. There has been only one positive result in the last six matches between the pair in Somerset and when Surrey won in 2006, it was their first such victory for 11 years.
Sussex v Yorkshire
Yorkshire are chasing a 31st outright Championship win in the year of their 150th anniversary.
Kent v Essex
No draws in the last nine matches between these two, with Kent winning six and Essex three of those games. Darren Stevens averages 50.1 against Essex and has scored five of his 26 Championship centuries against them.
Lancashire v Leicestershire
Lancashire have not hosted Leicestershire in the Championship since 2005, when Leicestershire won. That, however, was Leicestershire's first win in the fixture in five attempts.
Worcestershire v Hampshire
This has been an even contest in recent years. Two wins apiece and one draw is the breakdown of the last five fixtures in Worcestershire, with the Pears prevailing by nine wickets last time round in 2011.
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