County Championship Week 20 - Statistical Round up
As we enter the final week of the 2016 Specsavers County Championship, there is an exciting battle between Middlesex and Yorkshire for the title in Division One while Essex have secured the title in Division Two.
Specsavers County Championship - Division One
Hampshire v Durham
In their last six games against Durham, Hampshire are unbeaten. The last time Hampshire lost to Durham was in April 2010. Meanwhile, Durham’s most recent victory against Hampshire was in June 2006. Since then, Durham have lost two games and drawn as many in their four recent trips to Hampshire. Durham have now lost three consecutive away games.
Middlesex v Yorkshire
In the last seven games between these two sides, no single game ended in a draw. In those seven contests, Yorkshire won four and Middlesex claimed three wins. If Middlesex secure the county championship title this season, it will be their first since 1993 and their 11th outright title. Nick Gubbins of Middlesex needs 62 more runs to complete 2000 runs in first-class cricket. Meanwhile Toby Roland-Jones needs eight more scalps to scale the 300-wickets mark.
Somerset v Nottinghamshire
Somerset have claimed wins in all their last three games against Nottinghamshire. Somerset also have just the one defeat in their last 12 games against Nottinghamshire. In Taunton, Somerset have not lost against Nottinghamshire since 1985.
Somerset have the chance to claim the county championship this season and if they do so, it will be their first title. Marcus Trescothick needs 180 more runs to reach the 25000-run mark in first-class cricket. Similarly, Jim Allenby will get to 300 first-class wickets with two more scalps.
Warwickshire v Lancashire
Against Warwickshire, Lancashire have just one defeat in their last 21 meetings. However, Lancashire have not managed to secure a win against Warwickshire in their last six games. So far, Warwickshire have not won at home the entire season. The last time they failed to register a home win in a season was in 2000. Kyle Jarvis needs four more wickets to reach the 250-wicket mark in first-class cricket.
Specsavers County Championship - Division Two
Gloucestershire v Sussex
Against Gloucestershire, Sussex have remained unbeaten in their last six encounters, with wins in the recent four games. Sussex have also managed to stay unbeaten in away games this season so far. It was in 2008 that they went without an away defeat in the entire season.
With 84 more runs, David Wiese will complete 4000 runs in first-class cricket. Similarly, Alex Wakely will reach the 5000-run mark in first-class cricket with 59 more runs. Chris Jordan will have 250 first-class wickets if he takes five more scalps.
Kent v Essex
Essex have managed just two defeats against Kent in the last nine games. Essex, who have secured the Division Two title, won their last two away games by an innings. They have never achieved this feat three times in a row. This will be the first time Essex will return to Division One since 2010.
However, they have never managed to stay in Division One for two seasons in a row since the divisional split. Graham Napier, who will retire at the end of the season, is currently the leading wicket-taker in Division Two with 63 scalps.
Leicestershire v Glamorgan
In their last eight games against Glamorgan, Leicestershire have just one victory, which came earlier in the ongoing season. At Grace Road, Leicestershire have just one win in their last 31 games, with 11 draws and 19 losses.
Agnus Robson will reach 3000 runs in first-class cricket with 81 more runs. Similarly, Neil Dexter will scale the 7000-run mark with 93 more runs. Glamorgan have the chance to register back to back wins for the first time since June 2015.
Worcestershire v Derbyshire
In their last eight home games against Derbyshire, Worcestershire have only one defeat. Derbyshire have not yet won an away encounter in the ongoing season. The last time they failed to win an away game in an entire season was in the year 2008. In the last eight home games of Worcestershire played in September, only one game has ended in a draw while four have been wins and three have been losses.
Stats from Opta
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