A combination of more rain and already sodden outfields meant that not a single ball was bowled in any of today’s LV= County Championship matches. This meant that all of the games that began on Wednesday – those at Cheltenham, Southampton, Uxbridge and Guildford – were all drawn, while the same result looks a foregone conclusion at Edgbaston where Warwickshire are 175 for three in their first innings after three days against Sussex. Northamptonshire and Glamorgan were due to begin a match at Wantage Road, but the first day of that was also abandoned.
However, there was significant news off the pitch, where Worcestershire announced that they have extended the contract of talisman Alan Richardson until the end of 2014. The club also confirmed that 20 year-old seamer Nick Harrison has penned a new two-year deal, while former England Under-19 batsman Jack Manuel has been released.
Richardson, who was named as one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year earlier this year, said of his new contract, “I’m delighted to have been offered the chance to continue my career at the club. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far and look forward to playing in a side that continues to grow and improve.”
Other County News In Brief:
Leicestershire all-rounder Wayne White has been ruled out for the next few days at least with a shoulder injury. He is hoping to be fit for Wednesday’s LV= County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
Surrey coach Chris Adams has said that he is looking to recruit an opening batsman and a middle-order batsman to replace Tom Maynard and Mark Ramprakash in Surrey’s batting line-up. He was keen to stress that he will not wait until the winter to act, stressing that the “rebuilding job starts now.” Chris Tremlett is also believed to be close to signing a new one-year deal with the club.
Derbyshire have drafted in Warwickshire wicket-keeper Richard Johnson on loan for a month as cover for the injured Tom Poynton and the inexperienced Chris Durham.
Glamorgan off-spinner Robert Croft has said that he is in talks with the club about taking on a coaching role at the end of the season.
Leeds City Council are considering whether to extend the period of time in which Yorkshire CCC have to repay their £9 million loan. The issue will be on the agenda at an executive board meeting next week.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (all CB40 matches start at 1245 GMT)
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Sussex at Edgbaston
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Glamorgan at Wantage Road
Group A, CB40, Gloucestershire v Essex at Cheltenham
The match is a serious doubt due to the weather and an inspection is due to take place at 0700 GMT.
Group A, CB40, Middlesex v Leicestershire at Uxbridge
The home side have announced a 14-man squad which includes Eoin Morgan, Paul Stirling and Ollie Wilkin. Leicestershire will be without Wayne White, but have included Shiv Thakor and Will Jones in their squad now that they have both finished their university studies for the summer.
Group B, CB40, Hampshire v Durham at Southampton
Johann Myburgh is expected to make his Durham list A debut, while Paul Collingwood is likely to return from injury. Liam Plunkett is ruled out with an Achilles injury so Mark Wood replaces him in an enlarged 16-man squad.
Group B, CB40, Somerset v Scotland at Taunton
Albie Morkel’s call-up to South Africa’s Test squad has put pay to any hopes that Somerset had of him featuring in the match. Meanwhile, Scotland will be without their captain Gordon Drummond due to work commitments and will be led instead by Preston Mommsen. Alasdair Evans, Josh Davey, Jan Stander and Calvin Burnett have all been named in a 13-man squad.
Group B, CB40, Surrey v Nottinghamshire at Guildford
The home side have included Chris Jordan and Tim Linley in their 13-mans quad. They are still without club captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, who could well be out for the rest of the season on compassionate grounds, and will be without the England pair of Chris Tremlett and Kevin Pietersen. The Outlaws have included Jake Ball, Graeme White and Darren Pattinson in their 13-man squad.
Group C, Derbyshire v Unicorns at Chesterfield
The home side are expected to include loan signing Richard Johnson for the first match of this year’s Chesterfield festival.
Day Three, Tour Match, Kent v South Africans
Weather Forecast: It is expected to be both warmer and sunnier tomorrow, with temperatures peaking at between 17 and 19 degrees Celsius. There is a slim chance of catching a shower in the south, but for most it will be sunny with patchy cloud.
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