MCC University matches:
Cambridge MCCU v Middlesex at Fenner’s
Middlesex have chosen to rest several members of their first-choice side for their trip to Fenner’s after back-to-back wins in the LV= County Championship. One man who does feature, however, is James Harris who returns from a minor hamstring strain. Rested are overseas player Chris Rogers - who could yet be named in Australia’s Ashes squad when it is announced tonight - wicket-keeper John Simpson, opener Sam Robson, all-rounder Gareth Berg, and seamers Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh.
Middlesex squad: Neil Dexter (captain), Adam London, Joe Denly, Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Adam Rossington, Ollie Rayner, James Harris, Tom Helm, Gurjit Sandhu, Corey Collymore, Ravi Patel.
Leicestershire v Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Grace Road
Leicestershire have also rested several key players, with skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan, wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien and young seamer Ollie Freckingham among those sitting out. Also missing is Matthew Hoggard who picked up an injury during the drawn against Kent. In their places come young betters Angus Robson and Greg Smith and spinners James Sykes and Claude Henderson.
Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Michael Thornely, Ned Eckersley, Greg Smith, Matthew Boyce, Angus Robson, Shiv Thakor, Robert Taylor, Jigar Naik, Claude Henderson, James Sykes, Robbie Williams, Alex Wyatt.
Weather Forecast: Rain for the north west is likely for much of the day, with lighter rain possibly spreading further south. Temperatures will peak at between 11 and 17 degrees Celsius although there will still be a stiff south-westerly breeze. Temperatures will cool as the matches progress as the wind switches to north-easterly in direction for Saturday. It should, however, remain largely dry with only light rain forecast for Friday.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Rikki Clarke looks like he will end his county career with Warwickshire after signing a new four-year deal, which will see the 31 year-old remain at Edgbaston until the end of the 2017 season. Clarke was a key part of the Bears’ LV= County Championship winning side last season, with his performances helping him win a recall to England’s preliminary squad for the ICC Champions Trophy.
Shaun Marsh has turned down the offer of a Friends Life t20 contract with Northamptonshire according to the Northamptonshire Telegraph. Northants are keen to sign a second player for the competition to partner Cameron White, but Marsh reportedly rejected the offer on the advice of Cricket Australia. Marsh is exepcted to be named in Australia's Ashes squad when it is announced tonight.
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