Rain in both Taunton and Worcester means that the eighth round of the LV= County Championship will have to wait until tomorrow to get underway. The first days of the matches between Somerset and Yorkshire and Worcestershire and Essex were both abandoned without a ball bowled with not even a toss taking place.
day two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton
day one, LV=CCD2, Kent v Leicestershire at Tunbridge Wells
Leicestershire are still without Matthew Hoggard but do welcome back Niall O'Brien from international duty with Ireland to face one of his former counties. Robbie Williams and James Sykes are also included in a 13-man squad, with Sykes a serious possibility to start alongside fellow spinner Jigar Naik.
Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Greg Smith, Niall O'Brien, Ned Eckersley, Joe Burns, Matthew Boyce, Shiv Thakor, Jigar Naik, Nathan Buck, Robbie Williams, Ollie Freckingham, James Sykes, Rob Taylor.
day one, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Gloucestershire at Aigburth
The home side have named a 14-man squad that sees Simon Katich return after he missed the match against Hampshire after sustaining a blow in the nets. His replacement then, Andrea Agathangelou, scored a century so should retain hi s place in the starting eleven.
Lancashire squad: Glen Chapple (captain), Ashwell Prince, Luke Procter, Karl Brown, Simon Katich, Andrea Agathangelou, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross, Wayne White, Kyle Hogg, Simon Kerrigan, Stephen Moore, Oliver Newby, Stephen Parry.
Gloucestershire are without Ian Saxelby, who has suffered a recurrence of his shoulder problem, but all-rounder Will Gidman could yet return from an ankle injury. One man who won’t feature is all-rounder Jack Taylor, who has been suspended from bowling by the ECB (see News In Brief).
Gloucestershire squad: Michael Klinger (captain), Chris Dent, Dan Housego, Alex Gidman, Hamish Marshall, Benny Howell, Gareth Roderick, Ed Young, James Fuller, Craig Miles, Liam Norwell, Graeme McCarter.
day one, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Hampshire at Wantage Road
The hosts have rested key all-rounder Steven Crook and will hand a Championship debut to Mohammad Azharullah, who took five wickets against Loughborough MCCU last week. They are still without Stephen Peters owing to injury, with Alex Wakley skippering the side and Matthew Spriegel opening the batting. David Murphy is preferred to Ben Duckett as wicket-keeper.
Northamptonshire XI: Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Spriegel, David Sales, Alex Wakely (captain), Rob Newton, Andrew Hall, James Middlebrook, David Willey, David Murphy, Trent Copeland, Mohammad Azharullah.
Hampshire again have Michael Bates behind the stumps as Adam Wheater is still injured. Michael Roberts also returns to the side in place of overseas player George Bailey, who has left to join Australia’s ODI squad.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams (captain), Michael Roberts, Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Sean Ervine, Michael Bates, Chris Wood, David Balcombe, Danny Briggs, James Tomlinson, David Griffiths.
day two, LV= CCD2, Worcestershire v Essex at New Road
Group B, YB40, Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby (starts at 1640 BST, 1540 GMT)
Derbyshire host a star-studded Surrey side. The visitors have named Ricky Ponting and Azhar Mahmood in their 14-man squad alongside regular big-name players such as Jade Dernbach and Chris Tremlett. Mahmood signed to play for the club in this year's Friends Life t20 but will also be available for the next three Yorkshire Bank 40 games.
Surrey squad: Gareth Batty (captain), Jason Roy, Steven Davies, Ricky Ponting, Vikram Solanki, Zander de Bruyn, Gary Wilson, Azhar Mahmood, Stuart Meaker, Jon Lewis, Gary Keedy, Jade Dernbach, Chris Tremlett, Tom Jewell.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow should see at least some play providing the nation’s outfields are in a fit state. The morning will be mostly dry with only patchy light rain before a band of rain moves in off the North Sea. It will move steadily westwards but won’t reach the far west before stumps. Temperatures will peak at around 15 degrees Celsius in the west, with 13 more likely elsewhere.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Gloucestershire off-spinner Jack Taylor and Hampshire second XI and Unicorns seamer Glenn Querl have both been suspended from bowling by the ECB after displaying an “elbow extension in excess of the permitted 15 degrees” during independent analysis conducted on 20th May. The bowlers had both been reported by umpires on two separate occasions within a 12-month period, triggering the need for the testing.
Hampshire have plenty of options as they look for an overseas replacement for George Bailey, who has departed to link up with Australia’s ICC Champions Trophy squad. One of those is to bring back Bailey after the tournament ends, although he would then be unavailable again from late August. Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has signed terms to play for the final two months of the season but that is in doubt because of Pakistan’s international schedule. They also have Ajmal’s countryman Sohail Tanvir signed for the Friends Life t20, but he could yet play in other forms of the game as well.
© Cricket World 2013
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