Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (all YB40 matches start at 1245 GMT, 1345 BST)
day four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Durham at Taunton
Group B, YB40, Derbyshire v Essex at Leek
Tim Groenewald and Jonathan Clare both return from injury and take their places in a 15-man squad alongside young players Alex Hughes, Tom Knight and Peter Burgoyne.
Derbyshire squad: Chesney Hughes, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Wayne Madsen (captain), Paul Borrington, David Wainwright, Richard Johnson, Jonathan Clare, Alex Hughes, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Mark Turner, Peter Burgoyne, Billy Godleman, Tom Knight.
Essex are without Ravi Bopara, who is part of England’s ICC Champions Trophy squad, so Ben Foakes returns to a 13-strong party. Also included are quick bowlers Sajid Mahmood and Tymal Mills.
Essex squad: Hamish Rutherford, Tom Westley, Mark Pettini, Owais Shah, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster (captain), Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, Sajid Mahmood, David Masters, Reece Topley, Ben Foakes, Tymal Mills.
Group B, YB40, Surrey v Lancashire at Guildford
The home side welcome back Zafar Ansari now that he has finished his studies at Cambridge University, as well as Steven Davies, who missed the Championship game against Warwickshire with a knee strain. Stuart Meaker, however, is unfit for selection.
Surrey squad: Jason Roy, Steven Davies, Ricky Ponting, Vikram Solanki (captain), Gary Wilson, Azhar Mahmood, Zander de Bruyn, Zafar Ansari, Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett, Jade Dernbach, Gary Keedy, Tom Jewell.
Glen Chapple has been named as Lancashire’s captain for what is pretty much a must-win game for the Lightning. Also included are Kabir Ali and left-arm spinner Stephen Parry, who took eight wickets against Leeds/Bradford MCCU this week.
Lancashire squad: Stephen Moore, Ashwell Prince, Steven Croft, Karl Brown, Simon Katich, Gareth Cross, Wayne White, Glen Chapple (captain), Kabir Ali, Stephen Parry, Simon Kerrigan, Jordan Clark, Kyle Hogg.
Group C, YB40, Unicorns v Glamorgan at Southend-on-Sea
Glamorgan have been forced to exclude seam-bowler John Glover from their 13-man squad as he has a finger injury. He has been replaced by left-arm seamer Alex Jones, with no place for Mike Reed.
Glamorgan squad: Will Bragg, Mark Wallace, Chris Cooke, Marcus North (captain), Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Ben Wright, Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Simon Jones, Will Owen, Alex Jones.
Group C, YB40, Yorkshire v Leicestershire at Scarborough
Much of the news in the past 24 hours has been about the inclusion of 15 year-old seam-bowler Matthew Fisher in the Yorkshire squad. If he plays, he will be the youngest player since World War II to play in a county cricket competition. There are three other teenagers in the hosts’ squad, with 17 year-old and 18 year-old all-rounders Ryan Gibson and Will Rhodes among the 14 names, as well as 19 year-old seam-bowler Ben Coad. Liam Plunkett also returns after missing the last three weeks with a thigh strain.
Yorkshire squad: Adam Lyth, Richard Pyrah, Phil Jaques, Andrew Gale (captain), Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid, Andrew Hodd, Will Rhodes, Liam Plunkett, Ryan Gibson, Moin Ashraf, Joe Sayers, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher.
Leicestershire have named a 13-man squad which includes prolific century-maker and captain Josh Cobb.
Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Niall O’Brien, Greg Smith, Joe Burns, Matthew Boyce, Ned Eckersley, Shiv Thakor, Rob Taylor, Jigar Naik, Nathan Buck, Robbie Williams, Anthony Ireland, Michael Thornely.
Weather Forecast: It will be another cloudy start tomorrow, but that will slowly clear from the west to leave sunshine and clear blue skies. However, the eastern third of England may again miss out, with temperatures relatively subdued at around 13 degrees Celsius. In the sunshine, it will reach as high as 20 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Surrey have completed their overseas line-up for this season’s Friends Life t20 by signing Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to partner Ricky Ponting. Maxwell, 24, played for Hampshire in last year’s competition and will be available for at least the first seven of Surrey’s group matches before potentially playing for Australia A in South Africa. Surrey are also understood to be close to agreeing terms with JP Duminy about replacing Ricky Ponting for the final two Championship matches of the season according to ESPNcricinfo.
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