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Specsavers County Championship, Monday, September 11, 2016

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  • LUNCH: Derbyshire 78/2 (31 ov) v Leics
    WL Madsen 11* (55)   AL Hughes 29* (69)
  • LUNCH: Northamptonshire 90/1 (31 ov) v Gloucs
    AG Wakely 34* (82)   RI Newton 47* (92)
  • @petepineapple Beacause you can add Root and Bairstow to the team but for England duty. That would take out Hodd and probably Lehmann who are non-Yorkshire produced.
  • @petepineapple Also Yorks should get Ballance, surely?
  • LUNCH: Durham 110/2 (31 ov, won the toss) v Surrey
    JTA Burnham 4* (7)   KK Jennings 45* (82)
  • @NemoUKS Ballance Derbyshire?
  • Never actually played for Derbyshire did he?
  • Ballance played for Derbyshire for at least one season (maybe only 1-day cricket)
  • Rashid's not a bad bat, I think he has that reputation because he's down at 11 in a one-day team that bat very deep indeed.
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    Nick Gubbins has been a rock in Middlesex's batting line-up
     
    Division One

    Durham v Surrey
    Ben Stokes and Mark Wood are both set to play for Durham, who still have work to do to secure their safety after a heavy defeat at Yorkshire last week. Jason Roy returns for Surrey’s last game of the season, with fourth place looking likely in their first season back in Division One – which would be their best finish since 2007. Zafar Ansari is also back in the squad after missing their last two matches with a back problem. As well as giving him the chance to stake a late claim for winter tour selection, Ansari’s fitness would be a major boost for Surrey ahead of next Saturday’s Royal London One-Day Cup final against Warwickshire at Lord’s, when they are desperate to make up for the disappointment of last September’s surprise defeat by Gloucestershire. Surrey are unbeaten for six Championship matches, three of which they’ve won, but have not beaten Durham in seven Championship matches stretching back to 2007.

    Lancashire v Middlesex
    Middlesex have had a five-point lead trimmed first to four points, and now to one, by Yorkshire despite holding their nerve to beat Nottinghamshire by five wickets at Trent Bridge on Friday. They are likely to be unchanged, having been boosted last week by the return of Steven Finn after his hamstring injury. Lancashire are now sitting in the place immediately above the relegation zone, only five points ahead of Hampshire, after going nine games without a win. But they still have a game in hand on both Hampshire and Warwickshire, their final opponents at Edgbaston next week who are only three points ahead of them, and have Jos Buttler available this week to make his first Championship appearance of the season.

    Yorkshire v Somerset
    Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey return from England duty to provide a treble boost to a Yorkshire side who have won three consecutive home games to pile the pressure on Middlesex. But Somerset maintained their outside chances of a first ever Championship title with the latest in a series of tense wins, against Warwickshire in Taunton. Craig Overton, Jim Allenby and Josh Davey have been added to the 11 who secured that win for Sunday’s long journey to Leeds – when coach Matthew Maynard was again planning to use the Public Vehicle Licence he secured earlier this year to act as relief bus driver.

    Division Two

    Derbyshire v Leicestershire
    Derbyshire are 15 points adrift at the bottom of the table and remain the only team in either division without a win, and have not gone through a season without a win since 1924. They announced new contracts for Ben Cotton and Tom Taylor, two young seamers from Staffordshire, over the weekend, and could hand a debut to young batsman Tom Wood. Leicestershire add Lancastrian opener Harry Dearden and former England Under-19 offspinner Rob Sayer to their squad after slipping to seventh with consecutive heavy home defeats by Essex and Sussex.

    Essex v Glamorgan
    Essex are 20 points clear of Kent at the top of the table with a game in hand, although they need six points to make mathematically certain that third-placed Sussex cannot catch them, and therefore to secure prize money of more than £120,000, and the single promotion place available this year. They have been in Division Two for the last five seasons, and have only had three seasons in the top tier since two divisions were introduced in 2000.

    Northants v Gloucestershire
    Both teams had good wins in the last round, to consolidate their position in mid-table – Northants are now fifth after ending Kent’s promotion hopes in Beckenham, while Gloucestershire are fourth after completing a double over Glamorgan. Last chance for Ben Duckett to impress ahead of England’s winter tour selection, after scores of 208 and 185 in Northants’ last two Championship games have taken him above Essex’s Tom Westley as the leading runscorer in Division Two, with 1,263 at an average of 63.

    Sussex v Worcestershire
    Chris Jordan returns from England duty to boost a Sussex team who climbed back to third in the table with an impressive win at Leicester last week, despite the continued absence of captain Luke Wright. But England have asked Worcestershire to give Moeen Ali a break after his busy international summer in all three formats of the game, ahead of the departure for Bangladesh at the end of this month.
  • @petepineapple81 If you also include the player who are out on England duty then Yorkshire don't look too bad as well. Surrey get the stick because the has a couple of season when things were not goings so well when the thought they could buy a good team. They had some good players but not a team
  • Certainly not a Yorkshire product.
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    Middlesex 93-0 v Lancashire
    The Middlesex openers, Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins, made it to lunch unscathed on 93-0 having been invited to bat first by the Lancashire captain Steven Croft at Old Trafford.
    The pair survived testing opening spells from Tom Bailey and Kyle Jarvis, and scored just five from the opening seven overs, with both surviving lbw shouts from the latter. But, as Croft rotated his bowlers, Robson and Gubbins settled and the boundaries began to flow, with Gubbins - who scored 201* in the reverse fixture at Lord’s - particularly strong through the covers. He reached his half-century from 89 balls shortly before lunch, having found the fence eight times.
    While Middlesex, who lead the Championship by a point from Yorkshire, named an unchanged team, Lancashire welcomed back Jos Buttler to the Championship side for the first time since these two sides met in September 2014. Buttler replaced Jordan Clark in the XI and is keeping wicket.
    At lunch, the opener Haseeb Hameed will become the youngest Lancashire player to be awarded his county cap since World War 2, when records began.
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    Derbyshire 78-2 v Leicestershire
    Derbyshire have fought back after losing both openers on the opening morning of the Division Two match against Leicestershire at Derby.
    After the visitors decided to bowl first, Clint McKay and Charlie Shreck removed Billy Goldeman and Ben Slater in the first 13 overs but at lunch, Derbyshire had recovered to 78 for 2.
    McKay found enough early movement to suggest bowling first was a good decision and he trapped Godleman lbw for nine in the seventh over with a ball that nipped back to catch the Derbyshire captain in front.
    He should have had Slater in his next over but Richard Jones spilled a straight-forward chance at point although the miss did not prove expensive.
    Slater added only 11 more runs before he completely mistimed a drive at Shreck's first ball and chipped a simple catch to mid off with the total on 40.
    Wayne Madsen had bagged a pair in the previous game but got off the mark with a straight-driven four off Shreck as he and Alex Hughes batted carefully through the next 18 overs.
  • @StaggerBreaths true, would say Yorks don't look as strong batting wise as they usually do. I guess when you have Bairstow in the middle order its something special. Decent morning neverless.
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