At the end of the 17th week, Middlesex continue to lead the Division One points table but their lead has been cut down to four points. In Division Two, Essex have also strengthened their position at the top and enjoy a 24-point lead over the second placed Kent. Ahead of the 18th week, it is the time for a statistical round-up.
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Nottinghamshire v Middlesex
Against Middlesex, Nottinghamshire are currently unbeaten in four games. Furthermore, Nottinghamshire have only one loss against Middlesex in their last seven home matches. However, Nottinghamshire do not have a win in their last 13 games while Middlesex are yet to be beaten in this season. Ollie Rayner will complete 250 first-class wickets with five more scalps.
Somerset v Warwickshire
Warwickshire failed to secure a victory in their last tine trips to Somerset. On the other hand, Somerset have lost just once in their last 16 matches. Similarly, Warwickshire only have one away defeat this season with two wins and four draws in total. Jonathan Trott is set to play his 250th match in first-class cricket.
Surrey v Hampshire
Hampshire have beaten Surrey only twice in the last 18 games between these two sides. However, Hampshire have managed to stay unbeaten at The Oval in the last four games. At The Oval, Surrey have not tasted defeat in their last 13 matches. During this period, they have six wins and seven draws. Rory Burns of Surrey needs 50 more runs to complete 5000-runs in first-class cricket.
Yorkshire v Durham
Against Durham, Yorkshire have now gone five games without a defeat. In their last seven home games against Durham, Yorkshire have just one victory, which came in the most recent encounter. At Headingley, Yorkshire have not tasted defeat since April 2013, winning 12 and drawing nine of the 21 games in this period.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire currently have not lost in their last five games against Glamorgan. In Wales, Gloucestershire have not lost in their last two trips. Prior to this run, they were without a win in eight games in Wales against Glamorgan. Glamorgan only have one win from their last 10 home games. Similarly, Gloucestershire have just one victory from their last eight away games. Phil Mustard of Gloucestershire will reach the 8000-run mark in first-class cricket with 105 more runs.
Kent v Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire have been defeated by Kent only in one match out of the last nine fixtures. Kent also are without a win against Northamptonshire in the last five matches. Ahead of this fixture, Kent have recorded three back to back matches, two of them were innings victories while one was a 10-wicket win. Kent’s Sam Northeast averages 84.1 this season, the best by any player who played over 12 innings.
Leicestershire v Sussex
Against Leicestershire, Sussex have a run of five unbeaten matches. In this period, they have won four and drawn one game. In their last two trips to Leicestershire, Sussex won both the games. Prior to this upcoming encounter, Sussex were beaten by Kent, registering their first loss of the season. Steve Magoffin and Ben Brown of Sussex are slated to feature in their 150th and 100th first-class game.
Stats from Opta
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