Hampshire won the toss and stuck Gloucestershire in to bat in today’s only LV= County Championship match at Bristol. The home side lost both openers relatively early and had slipped to 85 for four at one stage – 51 of which came off the bat of the increasingly impressive Dan Housego – before Hamish Marshall and Ian Cockbain rescued things with a fifth-wicket stand of 125. Both men passed 50 prior to departing to Liam Dawson and David Balcombe respectively and Gloucestershire reached stumps on 265 for eight.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Durham v Surrey at Chester-le-Street
New signing Keaton Jennings has been named in Durham’s 12-man squad. Perennial England 12th man Graham Onions is also included. Meanwhile, Surrey will be without Stuart Meaker, who is away with the England Lions, and Rory Hamilton-Brown who is not quite ready for four-day cricket after his compassionate leave. Jade Dernbach and Matthew Spriegel are both included in the squad.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Nottinghamshire at Taunton
The home side are without the Lions duo of Craig Kieswetter and Nick Compton, but are boosted by the arrival of overseas player Abdur Rehman. Jack Leach and Chris Jones have been named in the 12-man squad. Nottinghamshire will also be without one of their players – Samit Patel – due to Lions duty, but are hopeful of being able to include full England players Graeme Swann and James Taylor in their starting eleven.
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Hampshire at Bristol
Group C, CB40, Warwickshire v Yorkshire at Edgbaston (1540 GMT start)
Day One, 1st ‘Test’, England Lions v Australia A at Old Trafford
The Lions will be captained by Eoin Morgan and pick from a squad which includes the likes of James Harris and Simon Kerrigan. Australia A are led by Test opener Ed Cowan and will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat last week to Durham.
Weather Forecast: A band of rain will make its way along the south coast tomorrow, while further north there will be heavier but more widespread showers. In between those there will be sunny spells with temperatures peaking at between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Somerset’s disabled cricketers are through to the final of the ECB National (softball) Competition after beating their Derbyshire counterparts in a bowl-out at Leamington yesterday. They will play Lancashire in the final on 17th September.
Essex CCC have confirmed that next week’s Colchester Festival will go ahead in spite of the recent heavy rain.
Warwickshire have concerns over the fitness of Ian Westwood, who has a finger injury, and Rikki Clarke, who has pulled a stomach muscle, ahead of their crucial County Championship match against Worcestershire which starts on Wednesday.
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