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Specsavers County Championship, Sunday, May 8, 2016

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    • Championship previews

    Leicestershire v Northamptonshire, Div 2, Fischer County Ground
    Leicestershire, who are enjoying their best start to a season for years, latterly with the best of a draw against Sussex, could displace Essex at the top of Division Two with another victory. They have not beaten Northants in eight Championship matches stretching back to 2010, when James Taylor’s 156 set up a 10-wicket win. Zak Chappell and Ned Eckersley are still missing, but Aussie captain Mark Cosgrove is expected to play despite a bruised hip.
    Northants hope to have a couple of fresh bodies to boost the team who endured a high-scoring draw against Derbyshire, and Josh Cobb is set to play his 100th first-class game against his former county.
    • Championship previews

    Kent v Gloucestershire, Div 2, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence
    Kent must manage without Matt Coles, who begins a two-match suspension levied by the ECB disciplinary commission – ban that their cricket chairman Graham Johnson has condemned as "disproportionate". Matt Hunn could deputise.
    They approach in the game on the back of a home victory against Glamorgan during which their new opening pair of Daniel Bell-Drummond and Kiwi Tom Latham, the latter on debut, shared partnerships of 131 and 190 in an emphatic 10-wicket win.
    Gloucestershire have included Craig Miles in their squad for the first time this season after a side injury - he is expected to replace Liam Norwell. But Will Tavare is again ruled out by a troublesome knee problem. Australian Cameron Bancroft has played in the Seconds at his own request to find form. George Hankins continues in the middle order even though Benny Howell is fit again.
    • Championship previews

    Glamorgan v Worcestershire, Div 2, The SSE Swalec
    Moeen Ali returns to Cardiff, where he excelled for England against Australia last summer in both Test and T20 cricket. Glamorgan have gone 11 Championship games without a win and they recall Mark Wallace as wicketkeeper after he responded to his axeing with hundreds in successive Second XI matches. James Kettleborough is left out of the 12-strong squad. uth African opener Colin Ingram, out all season, will miss the next three matches with a knee injury.
    Worcestershire will also be aiming to end an 11-match winless run away from New Road.
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    Derbyshire v Sussex, Div 2, The 3aaa County Ground
    Sussex are still without Chris Jordan, at the IPL, and injured captain Luke Wright, so Ben Brown continues as skipper. Sussex are musing on possible changes: seamers Lewis Hatchett and Stuart Whittingham and all-rounder Harry Finch are all in the squad.
    Derbyshire have gone nine home Championship games since their last win, against Leicestershire in September 2014 and Graeme Welch, their elite performance director, is far from content with three draws.
    "We're flattering to deceive at the moment," he said. "Some of the players may think we are playing all right but I know that we aren't and I'm going to tell them just that. We are not scoring enough runs up front for a start. We have won the toss twice on two absolute roads and still ended up behind on the first innings and then ended up batting on the last day to save the game."
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    Warwickshire v Somerset , Div 1, (Edgbaston)
    Somerset have recalled Jim Allenby and Johann Myburgh to their squad, with one of them set to replace their new South African signing Roelof van der Merwe at No 5. Lewis Gregory could also return to the seam attack. They have only won once in 18 Championship matches at Warwickshire since 1984.
    Warwickshire’s former England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose will be making his 200th first-class appearance as they aim to end a run of eight Championship matches without a win. Three consecutive draws have not swayed some judges from believing they remain credible Championship challengers. "The season starts here," said Warwickshire's director of cricket as the snow that fell only a week or so ago is replaced by predicted temperatures beyond 20C throughout the country.
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    Middlesex v Nottinghamshire, Div 1, (Lord’s)
    Middlesex captain Adam Voges is unavailable to face his former county after being concussed in the draw against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. “We played the last five weeks of last season without an overseas player so I think we will cope for a week this year,” said the Middlesex coach Richard Scott.
    Stuart Broad and Alex Hales will be making their last appearances for Nottinghamshire before joining England, and they also include Jake Ball, Division One’s leading wicket taker, and at 25 beginning to attract attention.
    Notts' captain Chris Read hit a hundred to spark a dramatic draw against Yorkshire which lifted them to the top of a congested early-season table. Middlesex know all about Read's batting prowess – he hit centuries in each of last year’s Championship meetings with Middlesex.
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    Lancashire v Hampshire, Div 1, (Emirates Old Trafford)
    James Vince, praised by the ECB's technical director Andy Flower as a serious England contender for the first Test against Sri Lanka, has a chance to make his mark at Old Trafford where James Anderson will again lead the attack for Lancashire.
    Vince has made 228 runs at 45.6 while captaining Hampshire to three draws, including an eye-catching 119 against Yorkshire at Headingley.
    Hampshire have signed Gareth Andrew, the allrounder released by Worcestershire last August after back and knee injuries, on a match by match basis, and he goes straight into a 13-man squad.
    Lancashire have lost only once in 25 Championship matches against Hampshire stretching back to 1992. Hampshire are still struggling with injuries, with Reece Topley, Sean Ervine, Gareth Berg and Chris Wood all missing, although Tino Best will continue in place of Fidel Edwards, and Liam Dawson may be fit to bowl again after playing in the draw against Middlesex as a specialist batsman because of a stomach injury.
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    Yorkshire v Surrey, Div 1, (Kia Oval)
    Alex Lees' England mentions looked premature last season when his short career faltered - as so many do. But Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's coach, reckons he came close to his old self against Nottinghamshire - and, unlike Gary Ballance, it sounds as if he has been more prepared to re-examine his game in full.
    "Alex has been looking at his game and trying to identify a route back into form," said Moxon. "It’s been a tricky time. But that’s all part of a player’s development."
    The heavyweights of county cricket, with 50 Championship titles between them, have only met twice since 2008 – and both of those games, in 2013, were high-scoring draws. Yorkshire have won only once in the last 13 Championship meetings.
    Defending champions Yorkshire have opened the season with three consecutive draws, making it their longest run of games without a win since 2012, and will again be without Ryan Sidebottom and Tim Bresnan – although Bresnan is set to return from his calf injury for the Second XI next week. Joe Root, who has agreed a new contract until 2019, and Jonny Bairstow are again available.
    Surrey hope to have West Indies seamer Ravi Rampaul back. Zafar Ansari, whose bruised thumb briefly caused concern that he had suffered another serious hand injury, will have a late test.
  • And a very good morning to you all! I'll be out in the park for most of the day soaking up the sunshine, but will keep an eye on proceedings via the old 3G. Looking forward to another round of fun-filled draws.
  • Seems like Sky will not telecast any county match this week even after the match it covered last week, Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire proved to be a close one. But of course, it will telecast both IPL matches today because after all, it's not about Cricket anymore, its about the 'entertainment'.
  • I did my piece against Sky/Murdoch last week, this is another nail in it but I don't wish to exhume that particular horse.
  • Morning all. Not sure about the rest of the country, but there's rain forecast for Manchester on Wednesday, so they might need to get a move on against Hampshire to achieve another win.
  • morning all, hoping Rogers can improve on his tossing. Tossed twice, lost twice so far. Really need to toss correctly, bat and try to assert some pressure on an opposing team this year. Not sure i can bear (poor pun, but hey) us chasing another game
  • just looked at the bet365 odds (really annoys me that corporate Cricinfo actively promotes betting...) for the Warks v Somerset game. Warks 1/2 and Somerset 13/8. Considering how few actual wins there have been this season, the bookies really do think Somerset are pants!
  • As the apparent select-off begins this weekend, Hales' average was almost half that of Compton's in SA and yet looks set to bat in the top three ahead of him. Only in England?
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