Worcestershire trounced Midlands rivals Warwickshire in Group A of the Yorkshire Bank 40. The Pears racked up 291 for nine and then bowled the Bears out for just 151. Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell (60 off 49 balls) put on 104 in just 14 overs, with Ali then adding a further 113 with Alexei Kervezee (58 off 63) for the second-wicket prior to falling for 114 off only 85 balls. Warwickshire then fought back through Jeetan Patel, who took four for 43, but it was too little too late.
Graeme Cessford then ensured that Warwickshire would get nowhere close to their target of 292 by taking three quick wickets as they slipped to 19 for three. Laurie Evans led a slight recovery with an unbeaten 47, but Mitchell (3-35) and Ali (2-31) capped a good match by sharing five wickets. Cessford returned to dismiss last-man Pete McKay to finish with four for 24.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
day one, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Middlesex at Derby (1100)
The home side got their first win of the season last time out against Sussex and will need to build on that if they are to avoid relegation. They welcome back Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston from injury, but are without Dan Redfern, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Seamer Tony Palladino is also included in a 13-man squad.
Derbyshire squad: Chesney Hughes, Ben Slater, Wayne Madsen (captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Richard Johnson, Tom Poynton, Peter Burgoyne, Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Alex Hughes, Matt Higginbottom.
Middlesex are serious title challengers and could be boosted by the return of Steven Finn for the final three days of the match if, as expected, he is not required by England at The Oval. Also included in the squad are seamers James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones.
Middlesex squad: Sam Robson, Joe Denly, Adam Voges, Eoin Morgan, Neil Dexter (captain), John Simpson, Gareth Berg, Ollie Rayner, James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Tim Murtagh, Ravi Patel, Corey Collymore, Steven Finn (subject to international commitments).
day one, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Somerset at Edgbaston (1200)
The Bears are without Boyd Rankin and Chris Woakes due to international commitments, although the latter could return for part of the match.
Warwickshire squad: Varun Chopra, Ian Westwood, William Porterfield, Jim Troughton (captain), Laurie Evans, Tim Ambrose, Rikki Clarke, Ateeq Javid, Keith Barker, Jeetan Patel, Recardo Gordon, Tom Milnes.
Somerset are without Lions duo Jos Buttler and Jamie Overton as they aim to stave off relegation, but have included new signing Piyush Chawla. Adam Dibble and Alex Barrow are both included in a 13-man squad.
Somerset squad: Marcus Trescothick (captain), Nick Compton, Chris Jones, James Hildreth, Craig Kieswetter, Alex Barrow, Peter Trego, Piyush Chawla, Alfonso Thomas, Steve Kirby, George Dockrell, Adam Dibble, Max Waller.
day one, LV=CCD2, Essex v Northamptonshire at Chelmsford (1100)
There are two well-known faces in Essex’s squad as they continue their push for promotion. New overseas signing Gautam Gambhir is included alongside loan-signing Monty Panesar (see News In Brief).
Essex squad: Gautam Gambhir, Jaik Mickleburgh, Ravi Bopara, Ben Foakes, Greg Smith, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster (captain), Graham Napier, David Masters, Monty Panesar, Reece Topley, Tymal Mills.
Northamptonshire will hope that Friends Life t20 success can now be translated into Division Two promotion. They are without Kyle Coetzer due to a wrist injury, so will open with James Middlebrook. Cameron White has returned home to Australia, with Rob Keogh and David Sales coming into the middle-order. Finals Day star David Willey is unavailable due to England Lions commitments. Trent Copeland has returned for a second stint as overseas player and is included in the starting eleven.
Northamptonshire XI (courtesy of Northampton Telegraph): Stephen Peters (captain), James Middlebrook, David Sales, Alex Wakely, Ben Duckett, Andrew Hall, Rob Keogh, Steven Crook, David Murphy, Trent Copeland, Mohammad Azharullah.
Group B, YB40, Lancashire v Hampshire at Old Trafford (1540)
The top two sides in Group B do battle with Lancashire knowing that a win will narrow the gap to Hampshire to just a single point. They are missing England spinner Simon Kerrigan foe the fixture, but have otherwise named an almost full-strength squad.
Lancashire squad: Stephen Moore, Tom Smith, Steven Croft, Ashwell Prince, Simon Katich, Jordan Clark, Gareth Cross, Glen Chapple (captain), Kyle Hogg, Kabir Ali, Arron Lilley, Karl Brown, Oliver Newby.
The Royals know that a win will guarantee them a home semi-final, but they will have to do without a clutch of players. Danny Briggs, James Vince and Michael Carberry are all in the England Lions squad, while Sohail Tanvir will represent Pakistan in Zimbabwe in the coming days. Their replacements are batsmaen Michael Roberts and Sean Terry, 16 year-old off-spinner Brad Taylor, seamer Hamza Riazuddin and seamer Glenn Querl, who was banned earlier in the season for a illegal bowling action but has since undergone remedial work.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams (captain), Michael Roberts, Liam Dawson, Neil McKenzie, Sean Ervine, Sean Terry, Adam Wheater, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Chris Wood, Hamza Riazuddin, David Griffiths, Glenn Querl, Brad Taylor.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow should be another pleasant day with cloud and sunny spells. Temperatures will peak at between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Troubled spinner Monty Panesar has signed a loan deal with Essex after being allowed to do so by Sussex. He has also been released from the remaining two years of his contract with the Hove club, possibly opening up a return to his former club Northamptonshire for the 2014 season. Panesar was always likely to be let go by Sussex following his antics in a Brighton nightclub earlier this month and is understood to have been keen for a fresh start. Reports over the weekend suggested that the breakdown of his marriage could have been a factor in his poor behaviour this season.
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