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Northamptonshire v Essex at Wantage Road
Northants have named the same 12 that had the better of the draw against Glamorgan, with Lee Daggett hoping for place in the starting eleven.
Northamptonshire squad: Stephen Peters (captain), Kyle Coetzer, David Sales, Alex Wakely, Rob Newton, Andrew Hall, James Middlebrook, David Murphy, David Willey, Steven Crook, Trent Copeland, Lee Daggett.
Essex are without talismanic seamer David Masters who has a side strain, with Reece Topley likely to replace him in the starting eleven. Also included in a 12-man squad is leg-spinner Tom Craddock in case the Wantage Road pitch looks like it might take spin.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain), Tom Westley, Rob Quiney, Ben Foakes, Ravi Bopara, Mark Pettini, Greg Smith, Graham Napier, Maurice Chambers, Reece Topley, Tymal Mills, Tom Craddock.
MCC University matches:
Hampshire v Loughborough MCCU at Southampton
Hampshire have rested seamers David Balcombe, James Tomlinson and Chris Wood as well as Sean Ervine and George Bailey for the friendly against the students. Instead, on-trial all-rounder Glenn Querl plays, as do seamers David Griffiths and Hamza Riazuddin, opener Michael Roberts and wicket-keeper Michael Bates.
Hampshire XI: Michael Carberry, Jimmy Adams (captain), Michael Roberts, James Vince, Liam Dawson, Adam Wheater, Michael Bates, Glenn Querl, Hamza Riazuddin, Danny Briggs, David Griffiths.
Nottinghamshire v Durham MCCU at Trent Bridge
The Outlaws have also chosen to rest members of their pace attack as they host Durham MCCU. Jake Ball, Harry Gurney and Ben Phillips replace Andre Adams, Luke Fletcher and Andrew Carter from the eleven that lost to Middlesex. Also rested are openers Alex Hales and Ed Cowan with the batting line-up weakened as a result.
Nottinghamshire XI: Michael Lumb, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, James Taylor, Chris Read (captain), Paul Franks, Graeme White, Ben Phillips, Ajmal Shahzad, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney.
Weather Forecast: Wednesday is likely to be the worst of the four days, with the rain and wind particularly bad in the north and west. The east should be dry for much of the day, especially in the afternoon. Thursday will again be windy, with the rain less widespread, with Friday and Saturday getting increasingly dryer and sunnier and the strength of the wind lessening. Temperatures will be around average throughout, with the peak on Wednesday being 11 to 15 degrees Celsius and around 11 nationwide thereafter.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Middlesex will travel to Jersey at the end of June to play two twenty20 matches. The tour is sponsored by their principal sponsors Brooks Macdonald, who recently acquired a company based in the Channel Islands. On 25th June a Middlesex side will play a Jersey XI, with the following day seeing them play a Brooks Macdonald XI made up of a combination of Middlesex and Jersey players.
Northamptonshire are hoping to persuade overseas player Trent Copeland to return as their main overseas player for the second half of the season. Copeland is only currently signed until early June, but the club hope to tempt him back after the Friends Life t20. Cameron White is their overseas player for that competition, with a second signing likely after a benefactor stepped forward to finance it.
Worcestershire batsmen Alexei Kervezee has decided to retire from international cricket with the Netherlands at the age of 23 in order to focus on his “ultimate goal” of playing Test cricket for England. More
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has revealed that he turned down an offer of a two-year contract from Worcestershire in order to concentrate fully on his international commitments. "It was a good two-year offer with an extension of another year from Worcestershire but since the contract required me to skip the national duties I turned it down," he said. "It gives a cricketer a good experience of English conditions but, as the captain, I have a lot of responsibility and leading the team is my first priority." Worcestershire eventually signed recently-retired Sri Lankan Test batsman Thilan Samaraweera.
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