As the 17th week in the County Championship gets underway, Middlesex and Essex are still leading the Division One and Division Two points tables respectively. Here are a few key statistics ahead of the action-packed week ahead of us.
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Durham v Nottinghamshire
Against Nottinghamshire, Durham have just one defeat in their last eight games. Currently, Durham have also won three consecutive games at home against Nottinghamshire. However, prior to this game, Durham have only one win from their last seven matches. Similarly, Nottinghamshire are currently on a 12-match streak without a win.
Hampshire v Yorkshire
Yorkshire are unbeaten in 11 games against Hampshire currently. This includes a run of five matches without a loss in Hampshire. At home, Hampshire have drawn four out of their last six games. Yorkshire are currently without a defeat in seven consecutive away matches. However, their last six away matches have ended in draws.
Lancashire v Somerset
Against Somerset, Lancashire currently enjoy a seven-game unbeaten streak ahead of this game. At Lancashire, Somerset have not won in the last eight away games they have played. Somerset, on the other hand, have only one defeat in their last 15 games, which includes four wins and 10 drawn encounters.
Warwickshire v Middlesex
Against Middlesex, Warwickshire have not been beaten in the last 20 games. In this period, they have won seven and drawn 13 games. At Edgbaston, five out of the last six encounters between these two sides has ended in a draw. In their last 21 games, Middlesex have only one defeat, while winning eight and drawing 12 games. Meanwhile, Warwickshire are yet to record a win in four games now.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Derbyshire v Gloucestershire
Against Gloucestershire, Derbyshire are now on a five-game streak without a loss. Out of those five games, two have been wins while three were draws. Gloucestershire have only two wins from their last 17 visits to Derbyshire. Earlier this summer, in the reverse fixture between these two sides, four players – Wayne Madsen, Chris Dent, Liam Norwell and Chesney Hughes – smashed centuries.
Essex v Worcestershire
Four out of the last six games between these two teams in Essex, Worcestershire scored wins. However, in the last two matches, Essex claimed victory. Away from home, Worcestershire only had one defeat. However, that defeat against Kent was in their most recent away fixture. Graham Napier of Essex has taken 54 wickets this summer, the most by any bowler in both the divisions.
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan
Glamorgan have just one victory out of their last nine away matches in Northamptonshire. However, Northamptonshire currently have gone nine games at home without a win. They have lost two and drawn seven games in this period. Richard Levi of Northamptonshire will complete the landmark of 4000 first-class runs with 37 more runs.
Sussex v Kent
Kent have not seen a loss against Sussex in the last four games. Nevertheless, at home, Sussex have not lost against Kent in the last eight games. In the ongoing season, Sussex have not yet lost a match. Kent, on the other hand, have back to back wins prior to this encounter. With seven more wickets, Matt Coles of Kent will reach the 300-mark in first-class cricket.
Stats from Opta
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