As the eighth week of 2017 Specsavers County Championship came to a conclusion, both Essex and Nottinghamshire have successfully maintained their position at the top in Division One ad Division Two respectively. Here are a few key statistics ahead of the action-packed week nine ahead of us.
Essex v Middlesex
The recent head to head record between the teams has been a highly competitive one with three out of the five games ending in a draw while the remaining two fixtures saw each team winning a game apiece. Essex, who are the only team in the Division to not lose a game have a six match unbeaten streak against Middlesex at home which saw them win three and draw three. On the other hand, Middlesex have tasted defeat just once in their last 10 away games.
Hampshire v Somerset
Hampshire are yet to defeat Somerset in their last six outings at home which saw them lose two and four ending in draw. Somerset have a successful outing away from home after managing to draw eight out of the 11 games and losing a solitary game. Hampshire will be wary of Dom Bess, who picked his career best figures of 117 for seven when these two teams met last.
Warwickshire v Lancashire
Lancashire are yet to win a game against Warwickshire in their last seven encounters with five ending in a draw and two defeats. However, they have a fabulous record against Warwickshire in away fixtures where they lost just two in 21 games. In their previous game against Hampshire, Lancashire's Dane Vilas recorded his career best score of 244 not out.
Yorkshire v Surrey
Yorkshire enjoy eight match unbeaten streak against Surrey but only two ended in wins for them. At home, Yorkshire have lost just once in 10 games against Surrey with six ending in draw. At Headingley, Yorkshire have a terrific record of winning 10 out of 13 games while losing two. However, their two defeats came in the last three recent games. Scott Borthwick of Surrey needs three more wickets to reach the 200-wicket milestone.
Durham v Worcestershire
Worcestershire are yet to beat Durham in their last 12 meetings, losing nine and three ending in draw. Durham have a clear record of not losing to Worcestershire since 1995 at home. However, Worcestershire will be heading into the game with a lot of confidence having won 10 and drawn five in their last 15 games.
Glamorgan v Derbyshire
Jeevan Mendis of Derbyshire has 25 wickets this spinner and ranks second in the list of spinners this season behind Simon Harmer. Glamorgan are currently on a five match unbeaten streak against Derbyshire after winning two and three ending in draw.
Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
The last 10 games between the two teams saw eight ending in draw while Northamptonshire won two. At home Northamptonshire won four out of their last five games. Ben Raine of Leicestershire is set to make his 50th appearance.
Nottinghamshire v Kent
Kent have won four out of their last seven games with Nottinghamshire with two ending in a draw. In their last seven games at Trent Bridge, Kent have won five out of it and lost the remaining two against Notts. Samit Patel has been in terrific form scoring two double centuries this season for Nottinghamshire.
Sussex v Gloucestershire
Sussex are yet to lose a game against Gloucestershire in their last seven games. Gloucestershire have managed just two wins in 18 games at Hove while Sussex have won three out of their last four games. Craig Miles and Will Tavaré of Gloucestershire are set to make their 50th appearance.
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