- Stat Attack
Derbyshire v Leicestershire
o Leicestershire have managed only one win in their last nine attempts against Derbyshire (D5 L3).
o Derbyshire are four games unbeaten at home to Leicestershire (W2 D2).
o Ned Eckersley scored centuries in both innings for Leicestershire in the reverse fixture versus Derbyshire earlier this season.
o Angus Robson (Leicestershire) is 81 runs away from reaching 3,000 in first-class cricket.
- Live Update
Alan Gardner at Essex v Glamorgan
Glamorgan, finally kitted out an hour after the scheduled start, are having a net in the knowledge that they will be batting first. Jacques Rudolph requested the toss and won it, so Essex will begin their pursuit of six points to claim the Division Two title with the ball. Even such an unexpected delay seems unlikely to dampen the mood at Chelmsford - great cheers greeted the arrival of the Glamorgan equipment van - where the pessimists are finally beginning to believe this could be their year...
There are returns, meanwhile, for a couple of Essex prodigals: Varun Chopra and Adam Wheater, who go straight into the XI having signed contracts from next year but been allowed to leave early by Warwickshire and Hampshire, respectively, on loan. Some might be a little miffed to see them parachuted in - replacing the unavailable Alastair Cook and Will Rhodes (himself on loan from Yorkshire) - but there's no doubt Essex will need a stronger squad for Division One (providence willing) and both players came through at Chelmsford, which should appeal to county pride in the long run.
- Live Update
Paul Edwards at Lancashire v Middlesex 63-0
Good morning from Old Trafford where Middlesex have made a fine start and Nick Gubbins has supplied evidence to support the claims of those who believe he should be touring with England this winter. As Yorkshire wickets fall at Headingley Gubbins and Robson are batting with growing assurance here. After scoring five runs in the first seven overs, the pair have brought up their 50 partnership and Lancashire's decision to bowl first is already looking a bit ropey. Batting is, after all, what Middlesex wanted to do. Jos Buttler is playing his first County Championship match since the corresponding game two years ago. Lancashire skipper Steven Croft might be grateful that he can have a break from keeping as he may have a lot on his plate over the next four days. Simon Kerrigan was brought into the attack in the 17th over