County Cricket Round-Up - 25th April

We preview the fourth round of matches in the LV= County Championship which begin tomorrow, and round up all of the recent happenings on the county circuit in today’s County Cricket Round-Up.

Division One:
Somerset v Lancashire at Taunton
The home side have been hit by a spate of injuries in recent times with Marcus Trescothick (see County News In Brief), Gemaal Hussain (out for around another 10 days) and Steve Kirby (out for four weeks with a torn quad muscle) all missing for the match against Lancashire. This means that England Under-19 duo of Jamie and Craig Overton have been named in a 12-man squad; with Vernon Philander making his comeback from a minor injury which kept him out for the match against Nottinghamshire, and Lewis Gregory continuing to open alongside Arul Suppiah in Trescothick’s absence. Meanwhile, Tom Smith returns from his hamstring injury to take his place in Lancashire’s 13-man squad. Sajid Mahmood is also added to the eleven that lost to Warwickshire.

Surrey v Durham at The Oval
Jacques Rudolph returns to Surrey’s squad after missing the previous match for “personal reasons”, with Tim Linley also added to the side that drew with Worcestershire. Durham are without Ian Blackwell who has a shoulder injury and have included Ruel Brathwaite and Chris Rushworth in a 12-man squad.

Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove
The home side welcome back England wicket-keeper Matt Prior, while the Bears are able to once again call upon the services of Jonathan Trott after the duo were released by the ECB. Will Adkin is the man to miss out for Sussex.

Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at New Road
The home side have still not chosen to risk all-rounder Gareth Andrew, but England all-rounder Aneesh Kapil is included in a 13-man squad. For Nottinghamshire, Riki Wessels is still missing due to a broken finger, but Andre Adams returns from flu to the bolster the bowling attack. The misfiring top-order remains unchanged with the likes of Karl Turner still not getting a game.

Division Two:
Essex v Northamptonshire at Chelmsford
Tom Craddock replaces Tim Phillips, who as a backs spasm, in the host’s 13-man squad, with Charl Willoughby set to make his Essex Championship debut. Graham Napier could start if he passes a late fitness test. Andrew Hall will captain a Northamptonshire squad which includes the likes of Con de Lange, Chaminda Vaas and Jack Brooks.

Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Bristol
Gloucestershire are boosted by the arrival of New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, although David Payne has been ruled out with a side injury and is replaced by David Wade. James Fuller replaces the rested Paul Muchall. For Glamorgan, Jim Allenby is ruled out with a back injury, with his place in the 12-man party taken by Will Owen.

Hampshire v Leicestershire at The Rose Bowl
James Tomlinson has fully recovered from a pre-season foot injury and takes his place in a 13-man squad. Michael Carberry will be subject to a late fitness test after picking up a groin strain during the win over Glamorgan. An interview with Hampshire coach Giles White is available here. The Foxes have named an unchanged 12-man squad with Alex Wyatt and Jigar Naik again battling it out for the final bowling spot.

Kent v Yorkshire at Canterbury
The home side have welcomed back England Under-19 players Daniel Bell-Drummond and Adam Ball into their squad, while Sam Northeast has also been included after impressing for the second XI last week. Ashley Shaw continues to be sidelined with a shin injury. Yorkshire have omitted Anthony McGrath from their 12-man squad to make way for England all-rounder Tim Bresnan who has been cleared to play by the ECB.

Weather Forecast: Heavy and persistent showers are forecast for tomorrow, but Friday and Saturday look slightly better with only scattered showers expected. Highs for tomorrow of between 11 and 13 degrees Celsius.

County News In Brief:
Yorkshire law firm Dickinson Dees have agreed a five-figure deal with Yorkshire CCC to sponsor their Academy.

Somerset CCC have announced that former county Under-11 and Disability XI coach Dan Hodges has passed away at the age of 75.

Durham CCC have announced record season ticket sales for this summer’s Friends Life t20. They have attributed the high level of demand to hosting fixtures in prime Sunday afternoon and Friday evening timeslots.

Derbyshire CCC have appointed businessman Simon Storey as their new chief executive from 1st May. The incumbent, Keith Loring, announced his intention to stand down at the end of last year.

Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick has been ruled out for “a minimum of six or seven weeks” after he was advised to have an operation to repair a tendon in his right ankle. James Hildreth will skipper the side in his absence.

It also appears that the club will be without lead spinner George Dockrell for much of July and August as he has been selected to captain Ireland’s side at the Under-19 World Cup.

The parents of Ben Williams – a former Surrey youth player who died as a result of heart arrhythmia in 2006 – are to attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the trust they set up in memory of their son and which helps other with the condition. For more information please click here. 

The Olympic torch will now visit Sussex CCC’s home ground in Hove after the Olympic organisers were forced to alter the route “to ensure the welfare of everyone attending”.

Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash has received three penalty points under the ECB’s disciplinary code for a Level One breach in the match against Worcestershire.

Chris Gayle’s Friends Life t20 stint with Somerset is in doubt after the Jamaican Observer newspaper reported that he has reconciled with the WICB and may now tour England with them later this summer.

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