Wednesday 2 May 2012 

County Cricket Round-Up - 2nd May

County Cricket Round-Up - 2nd May
County Cricket Round-Up - 2nd May
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Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Durham at Edgbaston
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Gloucestershire at Derby
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Hampshire at Wantage Road
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Yorkshire v Leicestershire at Scarborough
Day One, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Worcestershire at Lord’s

The home side have again included England captain Andrew Strauss in a 13-man squad, with Ollie Rayner, Gareth Berg, Corey Collymore and Tim Murtagh also included. Worcestershire have axed out-of-form batsman Alexei Kervezee from their squad, with Matthew Pardoe his replacement.
Day Three, MCCU Match, Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Leeds (not first-class)
Day Two, MCCU Match, Oxford MCCU v Kent at The Parks (not first-class)

Weather Forecast: A band of rain will move slowly northwards throughout the day, decreasing in intensity as it does so, meaning that a delayed start for those matches in the south is inevitable. Temperatures for tomorrow of between 11 and 16 degrees Celsius. Friday and Saturday are expected to be mostly dry with the possibility of rain in the north on Friday.

County News In Brief:
The PCA has revealed that the overwhelming majority of county cricketers are opposed to the Morgan Report’s key proposal of a reduction to 14 County Championship matches in order to free up space at the end of the season for counties to participate in the Champions League. It said, “The County Championship remains the priority, and this is a competition which must have full fixture symmetry and integrity. This is regarded by the players as more important than creating space in the schedule to allow our teams to compete in the Champions League.” The players have also called on the ECB to create an IPL-style mid-season Twenty20 competition which would attract more overseas interest.

Lancashire have signed Yasir Arafat to partner countryman Junaid Khan in this year’s Friends Life t20. 

Derbyshire CCC are seeking clarification as to whether yesterday’s rule change by the ECB, which means that players will now have to fulfil a seven year residency period to qualify as ‘English’ as opposed to the previous four, will affect their captain Wayne Madsen and all-rounder Chesney Hughes who were due to qualify as ‘local’ players next season under the old rules.

Glamorgan are understood to be pursuing Australian batsman Shaun Marsh as their second overseas player in the Friends Life t20.

Worcestershire have been forced to switch their opening Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture against the Netherlands on Monday to their second home at Kidderminster because around a quarter of the playing area at New Road is currently under water.

Scotland all-rounder Richie Berrington has agreed a one-month loan move to Leicestershire. It is understood that he will still be available for the Saltires in their Clydesdale Bank 40 fixtures.

Somerset have emerged as overwhelming favourites in the battle to sign former Yorkshire seamer Ajmal Shahzad. The county have also been boosted by the news that Chris Gayle may yet be available for Friends Life t20 duty following another disagreement with the WICB.

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