James Taylor, now seemingly the forgotten man of English cricket, gave the selectors another nudge by hitting an unbeaten double-hundred as Nottinghamshire comfortably drew their LV= County Championship match against Sussex. Resuming on 223 for six in reply to Sussex’s 506 for five declared, Taylor and Ajmal Shahzad took the home side way past the follow-on target of 357 during a seventh-wicket partnership of exactly 200. Shahzad finally fell for 77, with the only interest in the match then over whether Taylor could reach 200. He did and Nottinghamshire declared on 478 for eight shortly afterwards. The 10 points from the draw takes Sussex to within eight points of leaders Yorkshire, while Nottinghamshire are 29 points further back in fifth.
South Group, FLt20, Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton
The defending champions could yet be without their captain Dimitri Mascarenhas due to injury as they kick off the 2013 Friends Life t20 with a match against Surrey. Neil McKenzie is named as Mascarenhas’ stand-in. One man also missing from their victorious 2012 side is Glenn Maxwell, now playing for Surrey, with Sohail Tanvir now Hampshire’s overseas player. Danny Briggs is also absent due to England commitments. Michael Bates continues to be overlooked in favour of Adam Wheater behind the stumps, despite the pivotal role that his glovework played in the Royals’ success last season.
Hampshire squad: James Vince, Michael Carberry, Jimmy Adams, Neil McKenzie, Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Dimitri Mascarenhas (captain), Sohail Tanvir, Chris Wood, David Griffiths, Hamza Riazuddin.
Kevin Pietersen and Jade Dernbach are both unavailable for Surrey as they join England’s T20 squad. However, Azhar Mahmood and Ricky Ponting are both named in a 13-man squad as are Chris Tremlett and Glenn Maxwell.
Surrey squad: Steven Davies, Jason Roy, Ricky Ponting, Vikram Solanki, Glenn Maxwell, Gary Wilson, Azhar Mahmood, Zafar Ansari, Gareth Batty (captain), Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett, Zander de Bruyn, Matthew Dunn.
day one, Tour Match, Somerset v Australians at Taunton
The home side are likely to field a relatively strong side for their marquee match of 2013. One man who will almost certainly be included is axed England opener Nick Compton as he looks to prove a point to the national selectors.
The tourists have been boosted by the return of captain Michael Clarke from a back injury as they officially kick off their Ashes campaign and look to put yesterday’s sacking of head coach Mickey Arthur behind them. Some of the squad have been representing Australia A in England, while many of the others have been involved in the ICC Champions Trophy. Chris Rogers, meanwhile, has been left out of the side for tomorrow as he has been playing for Middlesex.
Australians XI: Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.
Weather Forecast: It will be mostly sunny for both Taunton and Southampton tomorrow with only light patchy cloud expected. Temperatures will peak at around 18 degrees Celsius, cooling to around 16 in the early evening.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Derbyshire are to play a Twenty20 game against a Chesterfield XI at Queen’s Park tomorrow evening as they step up their preparations for the Friends Life t20. The home side will be made up of local club cricketers and will be skippered by former Derbyshire seamer Kevin Dean.
Durham CCC have said that head coach Geoff Cook has regained consciousness following his heart attack on Thursday. The club added that, “Geoff’s family have asked us to thank all of the very many people whose messages of support have given such encouragement.”
Middlesex have completed their line-up of overseas players for the forthcoming Friends Life t20 by signing New Zealand seamer Kyle Mills to partner Adam Voges. Mills will be available for all of the Panthers’ group matches and will be hot off the back of two Twenty20 Internationals against England.
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has revealed one of the reasons why his side didn’t try to engineer a result against Surrey on the final day of their LV= County Championship match yesterday. Ryan Sidebottom had a stiff back which, coupled with Steve Patterson’s broken toe, meant that they would be down to two fit seamers.
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