After the excitement of the four Friends Life t20 quarter-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, we return to LV= County Championship action. Two of the three title contenders are in action in this round of matches: Nottinghamshire host Sussex and Warwickshire host relegation-threatened Surrey. We preview the fixtures below.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Durham v Middlesex at Chester-le-Street
Phil Mustard has a knee injury so will be replaced behind the stumps by Michael Richardson. Graham Onions is also included ahead of next week’s second Test. Middlesex will also be boosted by the availability of their England bowler, Steven Finn.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Trent Bridge
The hosts will have to put behind them the disappointment of yesterday’s Friends Life t20 quarter-final defeat and concentrate on their Championship challenge which was helped by leaders Warwickshire’s slip-up against Somerset last week. Sussex welcome back Ed Joyce into their Championship squad, but are without Matt Prior.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Surrey at Edgbaston
The Bears have recalled wicket-keeper Richard Johnson from his loan spell with Derbyshire to replace the injured Tim Ambrose in their 12-man squad. Ian Westwood and Boyd Rankin also make the cut. Surrey have included opener Arun Harinath in their 13-man squad.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Kent at Southampton
Neil McKenzie is a doubt due to the leg injury he picked up during the quarter-final against Nottinghamshire. James Vince has been added as cover.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Grace Road
Shiv Thakor is in line for his 2012 Championship debut after impressing during the Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat to Lancashire on Sunday. The Foxes also welcome back Matthew Hoggard, Nathan Buck, Wayne White, Ned Eckersley and Josh Cobb from various injuries. Stephen Harmison is again included in Yorkshire’s 13-man squad as are Adil Rashid, Adam Lyth and Anthony McGrath.
Group A, CB40, Netherlands v Gloucestershire at Amstelveen (1145 GMT start)
The Dutch have lost their last two matches have slipped down to second in Group A behind Middlesex. They desperately need a win and will surely be buoyed by today’s win over Bangladesh. Gloucestershire, who will bring in New Zealander Rob Nicol for Muttiah Muralitharan, are currently fourth, although a win would see them replace the hosts in second.
Day One, Tour Match, Worcestershire v South Africans at New Road
The home side could give chances to Neil Pinner, Chris Russell and Jack Leach and have named them all in their squad. Meanwhile, South Africa have named Albie Morkel, Thami Tsolekile, Robin Peterson and Lonwabo Tsotsobe in a 12-man squad at the expense of the three Oval centurions.
Day One, Tour Match, Derbyshire v Australia A at Derby
The home side have included Australian Usman Khawaja in a full-strength starting eleven, while Australia A could field Test players Ed Cowan, Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon.
Weather Forecast: It will be another mostly dry and bright day as the LV= County Championship resumes following its brief break. There will be cloud at times, while the far south-east may catch a heavy shower. It will also be slightly cooler with temperatures peaking at between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Leicestershire CCC are to honour their former captain Raymond Illingworth by renaming the Cottesmore Suite at Grace Road after him.
Surrey CCC have unveiled plans to refurbish and extend their historic members pavilion. The work will take place over the off season.
Leicestershire off-spinner Jigar Naik is hopeful that he will be available for the Foxes Championship match against Essex in 1st August. He has been sidelined for much of the season with an ankle injury.
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