County Cricket Round-Up - 14th May
LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
The home side have named the same 12-man squad as that that lost to Lancashire, with Graham Wagg’s inclusion ahead of John Glover the only possible change to the starting eleven itself.
Glamorgan squad: Mark Wallace (captain), Will Bragg, Ben Wright, Stewart Walters, Marcus North, Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Mike Reed, John Glover.
Essex welcome back Ravi Bopara, but are without the injured Rob Quiney and England captain Alastair Cook. Reece Topley is also a doubt and will undergo a late fitness test on a groin injury.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain), Tom Westley, Jaik Mickleburgh, Ravi Bopara, Mark Pettini, Ben Foakes, Greg Smith, Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Reece Topley, Sajid Mahmood, Tymal Mills.
LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Wantage Road
The Division Two frontrunners are without the Scotland pair of Kyle Coetzer and David Murphy, with Matthew Spriegel and Ben Duckett taking their places in the starting eleven. Rob Newton also returns to action following a groin strain.
Northamptonshire squad: Stephen Peters (captain), Matthew Spriegel, David Sales, Alex Wakely, Rob Newton, Andrew Hall, Ben Duckett, James Middlebrook, David Willey, Steven Crook, Trent Copeland, Lee Daggett.
Leicestershire are also affected by Scotland’s ODI against Pakistan and have lost all-rounder Rob Taylor from the side that drew with Worcestershire. Alex Wyatt and Claude Henderson will vie to replace him in the starting eleven, with batsman Greg Smith another, if unlikely, option. Injured seam bowlers Matthew Hoggard, Nathan Buck and Anthony Ireland are expected to play in the second XI fixture against Glamorgan this week as they complete their recoveries.
Leicestershire squad: Ramnaresh Sarwan (captain), Niall O’Brien, Michael Thornely, Ned Eckersley, Josh Cobb, Matthew Boyce, Shiv Thakor, Jigar Naik, Ollie Freckingham, Robbie Williams, Alex Wyatt, Claude Henderson, Greg Smith.
Group A, YB40, Kent v Worcestershire at Canterbury (1640 BST, 1540 GMT start)
MCCU match, Cambridge MCCU v Gloucestershire at Fenner’s (not first-class)
Ian Saxelby and Liam Norwell are hoping to make their comebacks from shoulder and groin injuries in the three-day game at Fenner’s. James Fuller will also make his first-team return following a broken finger. Matt Taylor, Gareth Roderick and Cameron Herring are among the others included in a 12-man squad which will be captained by Hamish Marshall instead of Michael Klinger.
Gloucestershire squad: Hamish Marshall (captain), Gareth Roderick, Chris Dent, Dan Housego, Alex Gidman, Benny Howell, Cameron Herring, Ed Young, James Fuller, Ian Saxelby, Liam Norwell, Matt Taylor.
Weather Forecast: The north-east will see the worst of the rain tomorrow, with the remainder of the country relatively dry following heavy rain overnight. There will be occasional showers, with temperatures still cool and peaking at between seven and 12 degrees Celsius. Thursday and Friday should be a slight improvement, but rain is expected to return on Saturday.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Worcestershire will no longer be called the Worcestershire Royals in limited-overs cricket this season and will instead revert back to their traditional identity. From 2014 onwards, they will unveil a new moniker to go with the first full season of the new multi-million pound corporate and executive complex at New Road. Another factor behind the change is that Hampshire also currently use the Royals nickname in limited-overs cricket.
Yorkshire have confirmed that fast-bowler Jack Brooks will be out of action for six weeks due to the fracture of his thumb sustained during the drawn game against Somerset.
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