- Live Update
Freddie Wilde at the Ageas Bowl for Hampshire v Somerset
Good morning from the Ageas Bowl where hazy morning sunshine has burnt off some eery early morning fog from the countryside of Hampshire and outskirts of Southampton.
This is a critical match at both ends of the table with Yorkshire chasing a historic Championship treble and Hampshire battling for their division one survival.
Both teams welcome back their regular captains to the helm for this match; Andrew Gale for Yorkshire returning from injury, and James Vince for Hampshire, who was given the last Championship match against Somerset to ease himself in from international duty before taking the reigns back from Will Smith.
The last couple of pitches here have been very flat - with first innings scores of 637 and 548 being recorded in high-scoring matches. It’ll be interesting to see what the groundsman has prepared today with Hampshire needing more than draws to cling onto their place in division one.
Hampshire head into this match with a fair bit of instability brewing behind the scenes. Adam Wheater’s loan move to Essex was confirmed yesterday while reports are circulating that James Vince could be heading in the same direction. Wheater away from Hampshire is a move that has been brewing for some time since he was displaced as primary wicket-keeper by Lewis McManus, largely for lacking energy in the field, but that it has come now with four matches remaining in Hampshire’s season and is a loan move is slightly surprising. Wheater is not available for Essex’s match against Worcestershire and James Foster is still the resident gloveman at Chelmsford.
Yorkshire, of course, announced earlier this week that head coach Jason Gillespie will be leaving at the end of the season. There's plenty to talk about and the cricket hasn't even started yet.
The news from the toss is that Yorkshire have won it and will bat first on a pitch that from a distance appears to have a tinge of green to it.