We preview tomorrow’s round nine LV= County Championship matches and look back at last night’s Graham Napier-led demolition of Surrey.
Napier returned astonishing figure of seven for 32 as Essex thrashed Surrey by 178 runs in Group B of the Yorkshire Bank 40. His spell included four wickets in four balls, as well as the key wicket of Ricky Ponting.
Speaking after the game, Napier told Essex TV that Ponting’s wicket was “the one I wanted to come for tonight, I’ve dreamt many years of just getting a bowl to him, to get him out was just priceless.” Of his thoughts prior to the hat-trick ball which trapped Tom Jewell LBW he added, “ I just said to Benny [Mark Benson, the umpire], there’s only one place this one’s going, full and straight.” Napier’s figures were the second best by an Essex bowler in List A cricket and came after Essex had piled up 312 for seven after being asked to bat. Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah both made fifties, while there were contributions from Ton Westley (34), Mark Pettini (43) and James Foster (39 not out).
Tonight's match saw Middlesex move up to third in Group C courtesy of a four-wicket win over Somerset at Lord's. Dawid Malan fell one run short of a century but anchored his side's run chase, adding 71 with Paul Stirling (27) for the first-wicket and 88 with Joe Denly (31) for the second. Neil Dexter ended not out on 39 as Middlesex won in the final over. Earlier, James Hildreth had hit an unbeaten century, but Ollie Rayner tied down the rest of the middle-order after the usual explosive start from Marcus Trescothick (41 off 33 balls) and Peter Trego (35 off 28) and ended with three for 31 from his eight overs.
day one, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Sussex at Lord’s
The match will start at 1200 BST on day one due to Middlesex’s Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Somerset not finishing until this evening.
Sussex welcome back Matt Prior from England duty to bolster their batting, although he is not expected to keep wicket. Also included in a 13-man squad is Chris Liddle.
Sussex squad: Chris Nash, Luke Wells, Michael Yardy, Ed Joyce (captain), Matt Prior, Luke Wright, Ben Brown, Chris Jordan, Steve Magoffin, James Anyon, Monty Panesar, Chris Liddle, Rory Hamilton-Brown.
day one, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Warwickshire at Guildford
Vikram Solanki will skipper the side in the absence of Gareth Batty, who is expected to be out for at least four weeks with a side injury. The final decision with regard to the playing eleven is likely to be between spinner Gary Keedy and medium-pacer Jon Lewis.
Surrey squad: Arun Harinath, Rory Burns, Ricky Ponting, Vikram Solanki (captain), Zander de Bruyn, Steven Davies, Gary Wilson, Stuart Meaker, Chris Tremlett, Tim Linley, Gary Keedy, Jon Lewis.
The defending champions are getting back close to a full-strength side thanks to the returns of Ian Westwood and Keith Barker from injuries. However, Boyd Rankin will miss at least the first day of the match owing to England commitments at Trent Bridge.
Warwickshire squad: Varun Chopra, Ian Westwood, William Porterfield, Jim Troughton (captain), Tim Ambrose, Sam Hain, Rikki Clarke, Keith Barker, Jeetan Patel, Chris Wright, Boyd Rankin, Tom Milnes, Ateeq Javid.
day one, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Scarborough
Yorkshire have dropped Joe Sayers and replaced him with young in-form second eleven opener Alex Lees. Iain Wardlaw has taken over the expected 12th man duties from Ben Coad.
Yorkshire squad: Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Phil Jaques, Andrew Gale (captain), Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid, Andrew Hodd, Richard Pyrah, Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Patterson, Moin Ashraf, Iain Wardlaw.
Nottinghamshire are likely to be unchanged following their draw at Hove, with Graeme White and Andy Carter included alongside the eleven on duty there.
Nottinghamshire squad: Alex Hales, Ed Cowan, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Chris Read (captain) Steven Mullaney, Paul Franks, Ajmal Shahzad, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Graeme White, Andy Carter.
day one, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Bristol
The home side are without Chris Dent and Ed Young due to injury and may hand a Championship debut to schoolboy off-spinner Miles Hammond. Gareth Roderick is expected to open in Dent’s absence, while Will Gidman is still out because ofhis ankle injury.
Gloucestershire squad: Michael Klinger (captain), Gareth Roderick, Dan Housego, Alex Gidman, Hamish Marshall, Benny Howell, Miles Hammond, James Fuller, Craig Miles, David Payne, Liam Norwell, Graeme McCarter.
Glamorgan have announced an unchanged 12-man squad from the match against Leicestershire a fortnight ago.
Glamorgan squad: Ben Wright, Will Bragg, Stewart Walters, Marcus North, Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Mark Wallace (captain), Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Mike Reed, John Glover.
day one, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Kent at Southampton
The hosts are without overseas player George Bailey but have Neil McKenzie available following his break at home in South Africa. All-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas continues to be rested for four-day cricket.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams (captain), Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Neil McKenzie, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Chris Wood, Danny Briggs, David Balcombe, James Tomlinson, David Griffiths.
Kent will be without their captain James Tredwell for at least part of the match owing to his commitments with England’s ODI side. Geraint Jones will again skipper the side in his absence. Also missing is Mark Davies due to injury, while Rob Key is also a doubt.
day one, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Worcestershire at Wantage Road
Trent Copeland will make his final appearance for Northamptonshire before returning to Australia. The hosts are without Rob Newton, who sustained an ankle injury during the Yorkshire Bank 40 game against Kent on Sunday. All-rounder Rob Keogh takes his place in a 12-man squad.
Northamptonshire squad: Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Spriegel, David Sales, Alex Wakely (captain), Rob Keogh, Andrew Hall, James Middlebrook, Steven Crook, David Willey, David Murphy, Trent Copeland, Mohammad Azharullah.
Worcestershire have named Oxford MCCU seamer Charles Morris in their 12-man squad alongside regulars Jack Shantry Chris Russell and Alan Richardson.
Worcestershire squad: Daryl Mitchell (captain), Matthew Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Thilan Samaraweera, Alexei Kervezee, Aneesh Kapil, Michael Johnson, Gareth Andrew, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell, Alan Richardson, Charles Morris.
day one, MCCU match, Derbyshire v Durham MCCU at Derby (non first-class)
day one, MCCU match, Leeds/Bradford MCCU v Lancashire at Leeds (non first-class)
The students will be captained by Lancashire second XI all-rounder Luis Reece, with Lancashire themselves giving chances to a host of young fringe players such as fast-bowler Gavin Griffiths and off-spinner Arron Lilley.
Lancashire squad: Andrea Agathangelou, Stephen Moore, Karl Brown, Jordan Clark, Alex Davies, Sabah Ghaus, Tom Smith, Kabir Ali, Arron Lilley, Oliver Newby, Stephen Parry, Gaviin Griffiths, Liam Livingstone.
Weather Forecast: Most of the early cloud should burn off by the afternoon, leaving another fine and sunny day in store. Temperatures will peak at around 19 degrees Celsius.
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