Centuries from Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid and Graham Napier helped Yorkshire and Essex recover from perilous positions against Somerset and Lancashire as the LV= County Championship resumed after the Bank Holiday weekend break for the Yorkshire Bank 40.
Yorkshire recovered from a poor start against Somerset to close strongly on 332 for five at Headingley. They lost both openers to Peter Trego with just 17 on the board after winning the toss and choosing to bat. More wickets before lunch then reduced them to 75 for four. However, Adil Rashid, justifying his promotion to number six in the batting order, and Gary Ballance both hit centuries and added a mammoth 207 for the fifth-wicket. Ballance was finally extracted by Steve Kirby for 107 late on, but Rashid remained and is unbeaten on 120.
Lancashire lost Paul Horton to the last ball of the day and closed on seven for one shortly after dismissing Essex for 226. Essex struggled in the middle of their innings as Luke Procter struck on his way to eventual figures of four for 66. They found themselves 77 for five at one point, but Graham Napier came to the rescue once again. From number seven, he hit 102 not out off 178 balls - his sixth first-class century - and guided Essex to a respectable 226.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (LV=CC matches start at 1100 BST, 1000 GMT)
day two, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Somerset at Headingley
day one, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston
Warwickshire are the county hit hardest by the England Lions game, with Chris Wright, Varun Chopra and Chris Woakes all called up to play against the New Zealanders on Thursday. They are, however, boosted by the continued availability of England regulars Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott for the game against title rivals Middlesex. Rikki Clarke and Jim Troughton also return from injury.
Warwickshire squad: Jim Troughton (captain), William Porterfield, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Laurie Evans, Tim Ambrose, Rikki Clarke, Tom Milnes, Jeetan Patel, Recardo Gordon, Boyd Rankin, Tom Allin, Ateeq Javid.
Middlesex have lost one player - Toby Roland-Jones - to the Lions match but are also able to call upon the services of England player Steven Finn to plug the hole. Gareth Berg also returns to the Championship squad as does Ollie Rayner. Berg’s inclusion means there is no room for Paul Stirling , with Tom Helm included as fast-bowling cover.
Middlesex squad: Chris Rogers (captain), Sam Robson, Joe Denly, Neil Dexter, Dawid Malan, John Simpson, Gareth Berg, Ollie Rayner, Tim Murtagh, Steven Finn, Corey Collymore, Tom Helm.
day two, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Essex at Old Trafford
day one, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Hampshire at Bristol
The home side are still hamstrung by injuries to their pace attack, with Ian Saxelby, Paul Muchall, James Fuller and Liam Norwell all still sidelined, and will pick from the same squad that beat Leicestershire last week.
Gloucestershire squad: Michael Klinger (captain), Chris Dent, Dan Housego, Alex Gidman, Hamish Marshall, Benny Howell, Will Gidman, Cameron Herring, Jack Taylor, Craig Miles, David Payne, Ed Young.
Hampshire have made two enforced changes, with Michael Carberry, who is away with the Lions, replaced by young opener Michael Roberts, who played for the county against Loughborough MCCU earlier this season. Hamza Riazuddin is also included, as a replacement for the injured David Griffiths.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams (captain), Michael Roberts, Liam Dawson, George Bailey, James Vince, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Chris Wood, David Balcombe, Danny Briggs, James Tomlinson, Hamza Riazuddin.
day one, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Leicestershire at New Road
Worcestershire will play their first game at New Road this season following the requested absence to allow building work to go ahead. The ground was also subject to its obligatory flood this winter, with coach Steve Rhodes saying of the pitch, “[it] is not as well grassed as it should be. The wicket might turn a bit, so we’ll have a look at it and make a decision on the final XI on Wednesday morning.” With that in mind, Shaaiq Choudhry could make the final eleven, with Jack Shantry rewarded for his seven wickets against Oxford MCCU last week with a place in the squad at the expense of Richard Jones.
Worcestershire squad: Daryl Mitchell (captain), Matthew Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Thilan Samaraweera, Alexei Kervezee, Neil Pinner, Michael Johnson, Gareth Andrew, Shaaiq Choudhry, Chris Russell, Alan Richardson, Jack Shantry.
There is no place for veteran left-arm spinner Claude Henderson in the Foxes’ squad, with the pace trio of Nathan Buck, Anthony Ireland and Matthew Hoggard all still out due to injury. The battle for the final starting place is likely to be between Robbie Williams and Rob Taylor.
Leicestershire squad: Ramnaresh Sarwan (captain), Michael Thornely, Niall O’Brien, Ned Eckersley, Josh Cob, Matthew Boyce, Shiv Thakor, Jigar Naik, Ollie Freckingham, Robbie Williams, Alex Wyatt, Rob Taylor.
Group A, YB40, Nottinghamshire v Kent at Trent Bridge (1540 BST start)
The Outlaws have named the same eleven that beat Northamptonshire over the weekend, with Graeme Swann set to make his final appearance before linking up with England.
Nottinghamshire XI: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Riki Wessels, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Chris Read (captain), Steven Mullaney, Graeme Swann, Jake Ball, Andy Carter, Harry Gurney.
Kent squad (probable): James Tredwell (captain), Rob Key, Sam Billings, Sam Northeast, Brendan Nash, Darren Stevens, Ben Harmison, Geraint Jones, Matt Coles, Adam Ball, Mark Davies, Adam Riley, Calum Haggett.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be cloudier with fairly frequent, occasionally heavy, showers. It will also be windier and cooler, with temperatures peaking at around 15 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Sometime West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith has signed for Sussex as their second overseas player, alongside Scott Styris, for this season’s Friends Life t20. Smith is currently playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and has played for Sussex as both a Kolpak and an overseas player in the past.
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