We preview tomorrow’s LV= County Championship matches and round-up the day’s county cricket news.
day one, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Yorkshire at Lord’s
Corey Collymore is likely to play ahead of one of the seam-bowlers as Middlesex aim to freshen up their attack following their exertions against Sussex. The squad, however, remains the same.
Middlesex squad: Chris Rogers (captain), Sam Robson, Joe Denly, Adam London, Neil Dexter, John Simpson, Gareth Berg, Ollie Rayner, James Harris, Tim Murtagh, Corey Collymore, Toby Roland-Jones.
Yorkshire have further injury problems to add to that of Jack Brooks (broken thumb) as Gary Ballance and Moin Ashraf have been ruled out with a virus and stiff back respectively. Richard Pyrah, Liam Plunkett, Iain Wardlaw, Joe Sayers and Ben Coad are all included in the 13-man squad.
Yorkshire squad: Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Phil Jaques, Andrew Gale (captain), Joe Sayers, Adil Rashid, Andrew Hodd, Richard Pyrah, Liam Plunkett, Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Patterson, Iain Wardlaw, Ben Coad.
day one, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Northamptonshire at Grace Road
The Foxes welcome back Matthew Hoggard into their 14-man squad. He will help counter the absence of Robbie Williams with an elbow injury. There are also concerns over the availability of Shiv Thakor (finger) and Joe Burns (shin) who will both be subject to late fitness tests.
Leicestershire squad: Greg Smith, Niall O’Brien, Ned Eckersley, Joe Burns, Matthew Boyce, Josh Cobb, Shiv Thakor, Jigar Naik, Ollie Freckingham, Nathan Buck, Matthew Hoggard, Alex Wyatt, Rob Taylor, Michael Thornley.
Table-topping Northamptonshire will be without overseas sensation Trent Copeland, who has returned to Australia and will probably be replaced in the eleven by Lee Daggett. Loan signing Graeme White has also been included in the 13-man squad alongside Mohammad Azharullah.
Northamptonshire squad: Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Spriegel, David Sales, Alex Wakely (captain), Rob Keogh, Andrew Hall, James Middlebrook, Steven Crook, David Willey, David Murphy, Lee Daggett, Mohammad Azharullah, Graeme White.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be overcast with light showers, particularly in the morning. There will be occasional sunny spells in the afternoon with temperatures peaking at between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Hampshire coach Giles White has said that Sohail Tanvir is likely to be the club’s one and only overseas signing for their Friends Life t20 defence. There had been speculation about a return for George Bailey following the ICC Champions Trophy but White says that will only happen if there are injuries. Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, he said, “We feel we’ve got the balance in the side that is right. We have players who have won us one-day competitions [and] they need opportunities.”
Participants from a Lancashire Cricket Board disability schools cricket tournament are to be offered tickets to the opening day of the LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire on June 20th under the recently announced Lancashire Way initiative. The pupils, from several specialist schools for pupils with disabilities in the Greater Manchester area, will compete for the Carol Roscoe Memorial Trophy in the coming days before enjoying their day at Old Trafford.
Nottinghamshire are offering tickets for just £1 to their Yorkshire Bank 40 game against Sussex on 21st June - the day when stalwart overseas star David Hussey’s makes his return to the club as Ed Cowan’s replacement. In addition, all ticket income will be donated to the Trent Bridge Community Trust - the club’s charitable arm. Tickets must be purchased before 4.30 pm on 18th June and are available via the club’s website.
Yorkshire record-breaker Matthew Fisher has dedicate his maiden wicket in yesterday’s match against Leicestershire - that of Shiv Thakor - to his late father Phil, who died from bowel cancer last year at the age of 53. Fisher, who became the youngest player at 15 years and 212 days to play in a post-war county cricket competition and pointed to the sky upon dismissing Thakor, said, “I gave that wicket to my Dad. He was a great role model for me and a massive influence on my cricket.” Fisher has now gone back to Easingwood School in North Yorkshire to continue with his GCSE studies and sit a postponed French oral exam.
Other LV= County Championship Round 10 Fixtures:
(previews to follow tomorrow)
Wednesday, LV=CCD1, Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street
Wednesday, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Trent Bridge
Wednesday, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Surrey at Arundel
Wednesday, LV=CCD2, Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford
Wednesday, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Southampton
Wednesday, LV=CCD2, Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury
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