LV= County Championship Round Two Preview
We preview the second round of LV= County Championship matches which get underway tomorrow.
Durham v Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street
Durham have named a 13-man squad, which includes all-rounder Ben Stokes, who starred in last week’s record victory against the students, while there is also room for Gordon Muchall, Ruel Brathwaite, Mark Stoneman and Dale Benkenstein. Former England captain Paul Collingwood is ruled out due to a virus. Nottinghamshire have had to omit their batting hero from the match against Worcestershire, Riki Wessels, due to a broken finger, but are boosted by the return of Samit Patel from England duty. Steven Mullaney returns to the eleven with Graeme White missing out.
Lancashire v Sussex at Liverpool
Lancashire’s wait to defend their title is finally over as they host struggling Sussex at Aigburth. They have named a 14-man squad with Ashwell Prince, Oliver Newby and Kyle Hogg included. Sussex have been strengthened by the arrival of Australian fast-bowler Steve Magoffin and England spinner Monty Panesar, with all-rounder Will Adkin also making the 13-man squad. Will Beer and Lewis Hatchett miss out from the squad that faced Surrey.
Middlesex v Surrey at Lord’s
The home side have added Steven Crook and Tom Smith to the eleven that lost to Somerset last week, with the England duo of Steven Finn and Andrew Strauss not made available by the England management. Meanwhile, England reserve wicket-keeper Steven Davies comes in for Rory Burns as the only change to Surrey’s 13-man squad from the victory over Sussex.
Warwickshire v Somerset at Edgbaston
Keith Barker, Neil Carter and Jeetan Patel replace Ateeq Javid, Tom Milnes and Andrew Miller in Warwickshire’s starting eleven from the match against Cardiff MCCU. Chris Woakes is still out injured for the Bears. The visitors have added seamer Adam Dibble to the eleven from last week, with Lewis Gregory (back) and Gemaal Hussain (hamstring) still fitness concerns.
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff
The home side have rested seamer Huw Waters and replaced him with Will Owen in the only change from the side that lost to Leicestershire. Mike Reed is again expected to be twelfth man. Meanwhile, Derbyshire will be without seamer Tim Groenewald, who picked up an injury during the win over Northamptonshire, with Mark Turner, Ally Evans and Jonathan Clare all vying to replace him.
Hampshire v Gloucestershire at The Rose Bowl
Hampshire have named Simon Katich and Danny Briggs in their 12-man squad, with Kabir Ali (foot) and James Tomlinson (ankle) still out injured. David Griffiths, Chris Wood, Hamza Riazuddin and David Balcombe will battle for three places in the seam attack. David Payne has recovered from a knee problem to take his place in Gloucestershire’s 12-man squad and is added to the eleven that lost to Essex.
Northamptonshire v Kent at Wantage Road
The Steelbacks will continue be led by David Sales due to Andrew Hall’s calf strain, and have omitted Kolpak signing Con de Lange from their 13-man squad. Rob White and David Burton are included. James Tredwell has replaced fellow off-spinner Adam Riley in Kent’s 12-man squad, with Alex Blake likely to be named as twelfth man. Azhar Mahmood (IPL), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Adam Ball (both England Under-19s) and Ashley Shaw (shin) were all ruled out of the visitors’ plans for one reason or another.
Showers are forecast for the first two days, but the last two are expected to be mostly dry, albeit with significant cloud.
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