Kent recorded a dramatic victory on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Cheltenham. A brace of declarations yesterday set up the visitors’ last-day run chase of 411 on a still-flat Festival pitch. Brendan Nash hit 199 before retiring ill due to the heat with victory in sight. Last-wicket pair Calum Haggett and Charlie Shreck then knocked off the final 21 runs needed to record Kent’s first victory of a dire season. Craig Miles was the pick of the Gloucestershire attack; the 18 year-old returning figures of four for 72.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (all matches start at 1430 BST)
North Group, Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield
The home side sit third in the North Group and will hope to begin the 2013 Chesterfield Festival with a win against bottom-placed Yorkshire. However, they will probably have to do so without Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who picked up a hamstring injury while batting last night against Lancashire.
North, Lancashire v Durham at Old Trafford
The home side will go top of the North Group with a win and have named a 15-man squad.
Lancashire squad: Stephen Moore, Ashwell Prince, Steven Croft, Simon Katich, Tom Smith, Jordan Clark, Gareth Cross, Kabir Ali, Arron Lilley, Glen Chapple (captain), Mitchell McClenaghan, Simon Kerrigan, Luke Procter, Karl Brown, Kyle Hogg.
Durham, meanwhile, need to win to claim the inaugural Emirates Durham-Lancashire Trophy after losing at Chester-le-Street. They have named the same 13-man squad that took on Yorkshire last night.
Durham squad: Mark Stoneman (captain), Phil Mustard, Scott Borthwick, Will Smith, Ben Stokes, Gordon Muchall, Michael Richardson, Gareth Breese, Ryan Pringle, Mark Wood, Chris Rushworth, Callum Thorp, Keaton Jennings.
Mid/Wales/West, Gloucestershire v Warwickshire at Cheltenham
The Bears will be looking to build on their maiden win in the competition when they travel to Cheltenham and have named an unchanged 13-man squad.
Warwickshire squad: Varun Chopra (captain), William Porterfield, Laurie Evans, Darren Maddy, Rikki Clarke, Chris Woakes, Ateeq Javid, Keith Barker, Steffan Piolet, Pete McKay, Jeetan Patel, Paul Best, Freddie Coleman.
Mid/Wales/West, Northamptonshire v Glamorgan at Wantage Road
The top-of-the-table clash at Wantage Road sees the Steelbacks without their loan signing Graeme White, as well as all-rounder Andrew Hall, who is injured. They have been replaced by James Middlebrook and a fit-again Stephen Crook in a 13-man squad.
Northamptonshire squad: Richard Levi, Kyle Coetzer, Cameron White, Alex Wakely, Matthew Spriegel, David Willey, Stephen Crook, James Middlebrook, David Murphy, Lee Daggett, Mohammad Azharullah, Rob Keogh, Ben Duckett.
Mid/Wales/West, Somerset v Worcestershire at Taunton
Somerset will hope to bounce back from defeat to Glamorgan on Friday night and have named a strong 14-man squad.
Somerset squad: Marcus Trescothick (captain), Craig Kieswetter, Peter Trego, Alviro Petersen, James Hildreth, Jos Buttler, Craig Meschede, Yasir Arafat, Alfonso Thomas, Steve Kirby, George Dockrell, Jamie Overton, Max Waller, Adam Dibble.
South, Essex v Sussex at Chelmsford
Essex are again without the injured pair of Ravi Bopara and Mark Pettini and need to recover quickly from their humiliation of 74 all-out at the hands of Middlesex on Friday. They have, however, named an unchanged 12-man squad.
Essex squad: Hamish Rutherford, Greg Smith, Graham Napier, Owais Shah, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster (captain), Jaik Mickleburgh, Tim Phillips, Sajid Mahmood, Shaun Tait, Reece Topley, Tymal Mills.
South, Middlesex v Hampshire at Richmond
Middlesex travel to Richmond and will look to build on the thrashing they handed out at Chelmsford. They top the South Group, but opponents Hampshire could yet overtake them if they win at Old Deer Park.
Middlesex squad: Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly, Adam Voges, Adam Rossington, Neil Dexter (captain), Gareth Berg, Ollie Rayner, Kyle Mills, Gurjit Sandhu, Ravi Patel, Josh Davey, Tom Helm.
Hampshire have added reserve wicket-keeper Michael Bates to their squad as Neil McKenzie is an injury doubt.
Hampshire squad: Michael Carberry, James Vince, Jimmy Adams, Neil McKenzie, Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Dimitri Mascarenhas (captain), Sohail Tanvir, Chris Wood, Danny Briggs, David Griffiths, Michael Bates.
Weather Forecast: It will be another warm day tomorrow, although perhaps slightly cooler than today. There will be occasional patchy cloud with temperatures peaking at between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
A Cricket Derbyshire XI will take on a McGrath Foundation XI on Monday at 6pm in a charity T20 game at Chesterfield. Players appearing in the match will include Darren Gough, Glenn McGrath, Damien Martyn, Albie Morkel and Kim Barnett, with funds raised going to support UK Breast Cancer Care or the McGrath Foundation. A percentage will also go to the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation. Players and supporters will don pink-themed clothing to raise awareness of breast cancer. Tickets can be purchased via the Derbyshire CCC website.
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