We preview all of the matches in the first round of the LV= County Championship and round up the day’s county news in today’s County Cricket Round-Up.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire at Trent Bridge
The home side have added Andre Adams and Steven Mullaney to the eleven that drew with Loughborough MCCU yesterday, with Neil Edwards winning the battle to partner Alex Hales at the top of the order. Worcestershire have included Australian Michael Klinger for what will be his club debut, with Shaaiq Choudhry, James Cameron and Richard Jones all included in a 12-man squad. Gareth Andrew was not included due to injury.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton
Vernon Philander will take his eagerly anticipated place in the Somerset staring eleven, while Craig Meschede finds himself in the 12-man squad at the expense of the injured Gemaal Hussain (hamstring). George Dockrell is preferred to Max Waller in the spin department. The visitors are likely to have a full-strength side subject to Joe Denly and Gareth Berg passing late fitness tests. Steven Crook and Adam London will travel with the likely starting eleven as cover for the duo.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Sussex at The Oval
Jacques Rudolph, Zander de Bruyn, Mark Ramprakash, Stuart Meaker and Gareth Batty all find a place in Surrey’s 13-man squad, with Rory Burns’ century against Leeds/Bradford MCCU seeing him take his place behind the stumps at the expense of Gary Wilson. The visitors are missing Matt Prior and Monty Panesar (England), Luke Wright (IPL) and overseas player Steve Magoffin (not available until second Championship match) from their 12-man squad. In their places are Ben Brown, Will Beer, Lewis Hatchett and Naved Arif, with Joe Gatting and James Anyon also making the cut.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Northamptonshire at Derby
The home side have named an enlarged 14-man squad for their encounter with the Steelbacks, with Martin Guptill, Paul Borrington, Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner, David Wainwright and Mark Footitt amongst those included. The visitors will be led by David Sales due to Andrew Hall’s calf strain, while Niall O’Brien, Chaminda Vaas and Con de Lange are in line to make their 2012 Northants debuts.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Essex v Gloucestershire at Chelmsford
Essex will be without star signing Charl Willoughby who has a groin strain, with Maurice Chambers his likely beneficiary. Alviro Petersen and Billy Godleman look set to form the home side’s opening partnership. Meanwhile, the trio of Richard Coughtrie, Chris Dent and Dan Housego look like making up a youthful top three for the Gladiators, who have also named Ed Young, Ian Cockbain, James Fuller and Paul Muchall in a 12-man squad.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Glamorgan at Grace Road
Ramnaresh Sarwan will make his Leicestershire debut at number three, but Nathan Buck and Will Jefferson are both ruled out with back injuries. Shiv Thakor, Rob Taylor and Will Jones are all unavailable due to still being in education, while Alex Wyatt and Robbie Joseph could battle it out for the final pace bowler’s spot. For Glamorgan, Will Bragg replaces Nick James from the squad that beat Oxford MCCU over the weekend. Mike Reed is named a back-up seamer with James Harris still out injured.
Day One, LV=CCD2. Yorkshire v Kent at Headingley
The promotion hopefuls have named a 13-man squad from which they are likely to omit seamer Iain Wardlaw and opener Adam Lyth when they name their eleven. Tim Bresnan is unavailable due to England commitments, while Phil Jaques will not arrive in the country until 16th April. Kent have included all their winter signings in their 12-man squad, with Adam Riley taking the place of England spinner James Tredwell and Ivan Thomas, who impressed for Leeds/Bradford MCCU against Surrey, completing the squad.
Weather Forecast: After a day of rain in much of England – including even snow in parts of Derbyshire and Yorkshire – fine weather is forecast for the first day, although it will be quite cold with a high of 11 degrees Celsius. At this stage, Friday and Saturday look mostly dry, if cloudy, while rain is forecast for Sunday.
County News In Brief:
The DURHAM pair of Paul Collingwood and Steve Harmison have admitted that they have both come close to announcing their retirements since they were discarded by England, with Harmison saying that the thought of breaking Simon Brown’s club record for number of wickets has kept him going. Collingwood, meanwhile, is set to be available for most of the season after his IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals, told him that he was unlikely to be picked.
HAMPSHIRE chairman Rod Bransgrove has said that the completion of a new ground on the Isle of Wight could see the club taking first-class cricket back to the island in the near future.
LANCASHIRE are understood to be keen for Stephen Parry to find a loan deal with another county as they attempt to juggle their talented trio of slow left-armers.
WARWICKSHIRE have extended their partnership with Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukaemia for a further four years until 2016. Club coaches Ashley Giles and Dougie Brown are already both patrons of the charity.
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