County Cricket Round-Up - 21st May
Glamorgan closed the opening day of the sole LV= County Championship match on 256 for five at Grace Road. They lost Will Bragg and Stewart Walters early on to Ollie Freckingham but recovered thanks to fifties from Marcus North and Murray Goodwin. North began the rebuild alongside Ben Wright (49) and then added 86 with Goodwin for the fourth-wicket. Jim Allenby ended unbeaten on 39, with skipper Mark Wallace on 12. For Leicestershire, Nathan Buck marked his Championship return with two wickets, while there was one for Anthony Ireland, playing his first match for his new county.
The Yorkshire Bank 40 match in Schiedam due to be contested by the Netherlands and Northamptonshire was abandoned without a ball bowled due to persistent rain on the continent.
day one, LV=CCD1, Durham v Middlesex at Chester-le-Street
Third-placed Durham host table-toppers Middlesex in an eagerly-awaited fixture, with the home side boosted by the return of Graham Onions from England Lions duty. They are, however, without the injured Dale Benkenstein and young spinner Ryan Buckley who has back strain. Chris Rushworth is also not among the 12-strong party, which includes back-up gloveman Michael Richardson and opener Keaton Jennings.
Durham squad: Paul Collingwood (captain), Mark Stoneman, Keaton Jennings, Scott Borthwick, Will Smith, Ben Stokes, Phil Mustard, Gareth Breese, Mark Wood, Callum Thorp, Graham Onions, Michael Richardson.
Middlesex have been forced to replace their match-winner against Somerset Tim Murtagh with Corey Collymore for the trip to Durham. Murtagh is away with Ireland, who play ODIs against Pakistan later this week. Adam Rossington and Tom Helm complete a 13-man squad.
Middlesex squad: Chris Rogers (captain), Sam Robson, Joe Denly, Neil Dexter, Dawid Malan, John Simpson, Gareth Berg, James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Smith, Corey Collymore, Tom Helm, Adam Rossington.
day one, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Somerset at Horsham
The home side will be skippered by Chris Nash for the first game of this year’s Horsham Festival due to Ed Joyce’s Ireland commitments. Luke Wright is back with the county following his IPL stint, with Matt Machan also included. Andy Miller is ruled out with a hand injury.
Sussex squad: Chris Nash (captain), Luke Wells, Michael Yardy, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Joe Gatting, Luke Wright, Ben Brown, Chris Jordan, Steve Magoffin, James Anyon, Monty Panesar, Chris Liddle, Matt Machan.
Somerset have not announced their squad but are likely to be without all-rounder Lewis Gregory. Gregory sustained a side strain during Somerset’s Yorkshire Bank 40 win over Middlesex on Sunday and is rated as “50-50” to play by director of cricket Dave Nosworthy.
day one, LV=CCD2, Essex v Kent at Chelmsford
Essex welcome back all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate from the IPL. He comes into the side for Greg Smith who has a hip problem. There are also injury concerns around Reece Topley (groin) and Tim Phillips (back spasm). Both will be subject to late fitness tests but are named in a 13-man squad.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain), Tom Westley, Jaik Mickleburgh, Ravi Bopara, Mark Pettini, Ben Foakes, Ryan ten Doeschate, Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Reece Topley, Tom Craddock, Sajid Mahmood.
Kent welcome back Darren Stevens into a 12-man squad after he missed the defeat to Northamptonshire, with the unlucky Daniel Bell-Drummond the man to miss out. Other than that, the same eleven is expected to take the field despite Kent sitting bottom of Division Two.
Kent squad: James Tredwell (captain), Rob Key, Sam Northeast, Brendan Nash, Mike Powell, Darren Stevens, Geraint Jones, Matt Coles, Calum Haggett, Mark Davies, Charlie Shreck, Ben Harmison.
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