day two, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Surrey at Lord’s
day three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove
day one, Tour Match, Derbyshire v New Zealanders at Derby
The home side have rested their first-choice bowling attack for the three-day match against the touring New Zealanders, which has been given first-class status. The batting line-up, with the exception of overseas player Shivnarine Chanderpaul, is the same as that that took on Yorkshire, but Richard Johnson replaces Tom Poynton behind the stumps, with Peter Burgoyne, Mark Footitt, Alasdair Evans and Matt Higginbottom forming the bowling attack.
Derbyshire XI: Billy Godleman, Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madesn (captain), Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Ross Whiteley, Richard Johnson, Peter Burgoyne, Matt Higginbottom, Mark Footitt, Alasdair Evans.
The tourists could yet have captain Brendon McCullum available for the match after he was released by his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of schedule. However, Ross Taylor doesn’t arrive in England until Saturday at the earliest so definitely won’t start. If McCullum doesn’t play, then Kane Williamson will lead a side that includes former Derbyshire player Martin Guptill, who played a starring role for them in their promotion campaign in 2012.
New Zealand squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Hamish Rutherford, Peter Fulton, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Bruce Martin, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Neil Wagner, Mark Gillespie.
Group C, YB40, Leicestershire v Gloucestershire at Grace Road (match starts at 1345 BST, 1245 GMT)
Josh Cobb takes over the captaincy reins for Leicestershire in limited-overs cricket this year, with Ramnaresh Sarwan back in the ranks for the visit of Gloucestershire. Nathan Buck, Matthew Hoggard and Anthony Ireland are all still out injured so Rob Taylor, Alex Wyatt, Ollie Freckingham and Robbie Williams will battle to be part of the seam attack. Also included is left-arm spinner James Sykes ahead of Claude Henderson and young batter Angus Robson.
Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Niall O’Brien, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Matthew Boyce, Ned Eckersley, Michael Thornely, Shiv Thakor, Jigar Naik, Robert Taylor, Ollie Freckingham, James Sykes, Alex Wyatt, Robbie Williams, Angus Robson.
The visitors have left out top-order batsman Dan Housego, wicket-keeper Cameron Herring and bowler Craig Miles from the eleven that defeated Leicestershire in the Championship fixture today. Instead, Gareth Roderick will get his debut behind the stumps, with Ian Cockbain and Graeme McCarter included in a 12-man squad alongside left-arm spinner Ed Young.
Gloucestershire squad: Michael Klinger (captain), Chris Dent, Hamish Marshall, Benny Howell, Alex Gidman, Ian Cockbain, Will Gidman, Ed Young, Jack Taylor, Gareth Roderick, David Payne, Graeme McCarter.
Weather Forecast: A band of light rain will move across the country during the day, lessening in intensity as it does so. It should clear the midlands by early afternoon, leaving behind brighter weather. The afternoon will have patchy showers for the east, with temperatures peaking at around 17 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Lancashire CCC have agreed a shirt sponsorship deal with the Cyprus Tournament Organisation. The agreement is funded by Aejis - a locally-based corporate event management company - whose founder Bob Evans combined his twin passions of cricket and the island to finance the deal.
As expected, Middlesex are close to signing Adam Voges as the replacement for their captain Chris Rogers when he links up with Australia’s Ashes squad later this summer. Voges is already contracted to appear for the club during the Friends Life t20.
Graeme Swann has narrowly escaped a ban after being found guilty of a level two breach of the ECB’s disciplinary code during Nottinghamshire’s defeat to Durham yesterday. Swann was given three penalty points for showing “serious dissent” by lingering at the crease when given out LBW.
Alviro Petersen and Jos Buttler were both presented with their Somerset county caps during the drawn Championship match against Warwickshire last week.
Yorkshire opener Alex Lees, along with his brother and his grandmother, is to run the Leeds Half Marathon on 12th May to raise money for Halifax Royal Hospital Macmillan Unit. The hospital cared for his father Simon when he died of cancer in 2011. To sponsor Alex and his family, please visit their justgiving page.
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