Only 42 overs were possible in today’s solitary LV= County Championship match as rain in the Midlands meant that Durham closed on 127 for four against Worcestershire. They were without the services of new club captain Paul Collingwood, who has a broken hand, with Dale Benkenstein taking over the reins in his absence.
After being put into bat by Pears captain Daryl Mitchell, they had reached 26 without loss before the rain arrived to halt play until midday. However, they lost Will Smith in the first over following the resumption as he was caught off the returning Alan Richardson; but survived until lunch without further loss, reaching 72 for one. Richardson struck again after the interval, removing Stoneman for 38, while Gordon Muchall succumbed shortly afterwards to Jack Shantry to make it 94 for three. Ben Stokes played nicely in making 22 off 29 balls, but he fell shortly before the final rain delay which would signal the close to give Shantry his second wicket.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets where relevant, GMT)
Day One, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Uxbridge
Middlesex welcome back Andrew Strauss for what will be his only first-class match ahead of the first Test at The Oval on 19th July. He is expected to line up alongside Sam Robson at the top of the order, with capatin Chris Rogers taking his place in the middle-order.
Middlesex squad: Andrew Strauss, Sam Robson, Joe Denly, Dawid Malan, Chris Rogers (captain), Gareth Berg, John Simpson (wicket-keeper), Ollie Rayner, Toby Roland-Jones, Tim Murtagh, Corey Collymore, Steven Crook, Tom Smith.
Alex Hales returns to Nottinghamshire's squad following his quad straiin and will open alongside Riki Wessels, with Michael Lumb dropping back down to number three. Haryy Gurney and Andy Carter have been preferred to the likes of Luke Fletcher and Paul Franks.
Nottinghamshire squad: Alex Hales, Riki Wessels, Michael Lumb, Samit Patel, James Taylor, Adam Voges, Chris Read (captain, wicket-keeper), Ben Phillips, Andre Adams, Harry Gurney, Andy Carter, Graeme White.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Lancashire at Guildford
The England pair of Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett are likely to be in Surrey's line-up, while Championship regulars Jon Lewis and Tim Linley also return to the 13-man squad. Skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown is still absent on compassionate grounds, with Jade Dernbach injured.
Surrey squad: Chris Jordan, Jason Roy, Zander de Bruyn, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Davies (wicket-keeper), Rory Burns, Zafar Ansari, Gareth Batty (captain), Murali Kartik, Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett, Stuart Meaker, Tim Linley.
Lancashire will welcome back Simon Kerrigan, Ashwell Prince and Kyle Hogg into their Championship line-up, with Tom Smith and Oliver Newby also included.
Lancashire squad: Stephen Moore, Paul Horton, Karl Brown, Ashwell Prince, Steven Croft, Tom Smith, Gareth Cross (wicket-keeper), Ajmal Shahzad, Glen Chapple (captain), Kyle Hogg, Simon Kerrigan, Gary Keedy, Oliver Newby.
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Durham at New Road
Day One, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Essex at Cheltenham
Gloucestershire are likely to include Benny Howell in their starting eleven, although they are yet to confirm their squad.
Meanwhile, Essex will welcome Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh into their line-up, although they will be without Owais Shah, who has a calf muscle injury. reece Topley looks set to make his first Championship appearance of the year following his impressive run of form in the Friends Life t20.
Essex squad: Mark Pettini, Tom Westley, Jaik Mickleburgh, Ben Foakes, James Foster (captain, wicket-keeper), Ryan ten Doeschate, Greg Smith, Graham Napier, Harbhajan Singh, David Masters, Reece Topley, Tom Craddock.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Yorkshire at Southampton
Hampshire will be heartened by the news that Neil McKenzie has extended his stay with the club by at least another month. He will provide cover for Michael Carberry, while David Balcombe and James Tomlinson return to lead the bowling attack.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams (captain), Bilal Shafayat, Neil McKenzie, Simon Katich, Sean Ervine, Liam Dawson, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Michael Bates (wicket-keeper), Kabir Ali, David Balcombe, James Tomlinson, Danny Briggs.
Phil Jaques will lead the Tykes owing to the continued absence of Andrew Gale. Left-arm seamers Mitchell Starc and Ryan Sidebottom are also unavailable due to international commitments and injury respectively. Loan signing Steve Harmison will make his Yorkshire debut.
Yorkshire squad: Adam Lyth, Joe Root, Phil Jaques (captain), Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Gary Ballance, Anthony McGrath, Gerard Brophy (wicket-keeper), Richard Pyrah, Adil Rashid, Azeem Rafiq, Steve Harmison, Moin Ashraf, Steve Patterson.
Group A, CB40, Netherlands v Leicestershire at Amstelveen (1045)
Group C, CB40, Warwickshire v Sussex at Edgbaston (1540)
Weather Forecast: The far north of England will see the worst of the wet weather tomorrow, with the rest of the country dry, save for the occasional shower in the east, and mostly sunny with highs of around 16 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Leicestershire CCC chief executive Mike Siddall has described the club’s Friends Life t20 campaign as “gruesome”. The Foxes are expecting to take a heavy financial hit from this year’s weather-affected tournament, and have resorted to getting club chairman Paul Haywood and captain Matthew Hoggard, along with some players, to undertake a sponsored parachute jump in order to raise money for the stricken club.
Glamorgan CCC chief executive Alan Hamer has put the club’s losses because of the weather in the Friends Life t20 at around £100,000. Glamorgan had three of their five home games rained off.
Sussex have said that Scott Styris will be available for selection in their three Clydesdale Bank 40 games in the run-up to their Friends Life t20 quarter-final.
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