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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: ROUND FOUR PREVIEW

Middlesex face Surrey at Lord's

After an entertaining first three week’s of the season, the County Championship was put on hold as we switched red-ball for white in the One-Day Cup. With the knockout stages confirmed we can turn attention back to the Championship where seven rounds will run merrily alongside the international summer before giving way to the T20 Blast in early July. Here are this week’s fixtures...

Middlesex v Surrey, Lord’s

Middlesex

Form: DD

Previous result: Middlesex 507 for 7d and 239 for 3d; Essex 295 and 160 for 8 (target: 452) – Match drawn, Lord’s

One to watch: Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson have continued their 2016 form while Stevie Eskinazi has kicked on with 289 at 72.25. Two matches in and he’s nearly halfway to last year’s tally of 609.

Squad: James Franklin*, Nick Compton, Steve Eskinazi, Steve Finn, Nick Gubbins, Tom Helm, Ryan Higgins, Dawid Malan, Ravi Patel, Tim Murtagh, Ravi Patel, Harry Podmore, Ollie Rayner, Toby Roland-Jones, John Simspon (WK), Adam Voges. 

Surrey

Form: WDD

Previous result: Warwickshire 332 and 435 for 8d; Surrey 437 – Match drawn, Edgbaston

One to watch: Tom Curran took eight wickets in the match as Warwickshire and Surrey played out a draw at Edgbaston. Tom currently leads his brother Sam by seven Championship wickets.

Squad: Gareth Batty*, Scott Borthwick, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes (WK), Mark Footitt, Stuart Meaker, Ravi Rampaul, Kumar Sangakkara, Dom Sibley, Mark Stoneman, Amir Virdi.

Did you know?

  • Middlesex have not lost to Surrey on home turf since 1997 (W4, D6).

James Franklin's team will be looking for their first County Championship victory of 2017

Essex v Hampshire, Chelmsford

Essex

Form: DWD

Previous result: Middlesex 507 for 7d and 239 for 3d; Essex 295 and 160 for 8 (target: 452) – Match drawn, Lord’s

One to watch: Alastair Cook has taken his early-season Championship form – averaging 53.25 – into the One-Day Cup where he has scored 449 runs at 74.83.

Squad: Ryan ten Doeschate*, Ravi Bopara, Nick Browne, Varun Chopra, Alastair Cook, James Foster (WK), Simon Harmer, Dan Lawrence, Jamie Porter, Matt Quinn, Neil Wagner, Paul Walter, Tom Westley, Adam Wheater (WK).

Hampshire

Form: WDD

Previous result: Hampshire 455; Yorkshire 231 and 399 for 6d (f/o) – Match drawn, the Ageas

One to watch: James Vince has been in fine form in the One-Day Cup. His 178 wasn’t enough to prevent a three-wicket defeat to Glamorgan, it was however a List-A record for Hampshire, surpassing Gordon Greenidge’s 177 (also against Glamorgan).

Squad: George Bailey*, Jimmy Adams, Reece Topley, James Vince, Sean Ervine, Rilee Rossouw, Liam Dawson, Gareth Berg, Michael Carberry, Lewis McManus, Mason Crane, Kyle Abbott.  

Did you know?

  • Both countys have only lost one of their last nine matches; Essex (W4, D4), Hampshire (W2, D6).

Lancashire v Yorkshire, Old Trafford

Lancashire

Form: DDW

Previous result: Lancashire 109 and 463; Somerset 278 and 130 (target: 295) – Lancashire won by 164 runs, Old Trafford

One to watch: Wicketkeeper Alex Davies is leading the run-scoring for Lancashire with 301 runs at 75.25 and a top score of 140 not out.

Squad: Steven Croft*, James Anderson, Tom Bailey, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Alex Davies, Haseeb Hameed, Simon Kerrigan, Danny Lamb, Liam Livingstone, Ryan McLaren, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter, Rob Jones, Dane Vilas.

Yorkshire

Form: LWD

Previous result: Hampshire 455; Yorkshire 231 and 399 for 6d (f/o) – Match drawn, the Ageas

One to watch: Peter Handscomb has only averaged 29 so far in the Championship, but his One-Day Cup form is a different matter, the Australian has scored 431 at 71.83.

Squad: Gary Ballance*, Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Karl Carver, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Peter Handscomb, Andrew Hodd (WK), Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Ryan Sidebottom.  

Did you know?

  • Lancashire last defeated their rivals at Old Trafford in 2000, Yorkshire haven't lost their since (W3 D7).

Lancashire won in emphatic style at Old Trafford

Somerset v Warwickshire, Taunton

Somerset

Form: LL

Previous result: Lancashire 109 and 463; Somerset 278 and 130 (target: 295) – Lancashire won by 164 runs, Old Trafford

One to watch: With four wickets at 45.50, Jack Leach is yet to rediscover his 2016 groove. Meanwhile in the batting stakes, he is the only Somerset player – other than Dean Elgar – to pass fifty.

Squad: Tom Abell *, Marcus Trescothick, Dean Elgar, James Hildreth, Steve Davies (WK), Peter Trego, Jim Allenby, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Dom Bess and Tim Groenewald.

Warwickshire

Form: LLD

Previous result: Warwickshire 332 and 435 for 8d; Surrey 437 – Match drawn, Edgbaston

One to watch:  The return of Ian Westwood has bolstered Warwickshire’s top order. Westwood hot 153 and 52 against Surrey, his first match of the summer. Sam Hain is another who has struggled for Championship runs but has discovered form in white-ball cricket with 456 One-Day Cup runs at 65.14.

Squad: Ian Bell*, Tim Ambrose (WK), Keith Barker, Rikki Clarke, Sam Hain, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Ateeq Javid, Jeetan Patel, Josh Poysden, Sunny Singh, Grant Thronton, Jonathan Trott, Andy Umeed, Ian Westwood.

Did you know?

  • Somerset have only lost two of their last home fixtures, including the defeat to Essex in the season's opener.

Division One table

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Batting Bowling Points
Surrey 3 1 0 2 11 8 45
Lancashire 3 1 0 2 7 8 41
Hampshire 3 1 0 2 6 8 40
Yorkshire 3 1 1 1 7 8 36
Essex 3 1 0 2 2 7 35
Middlesex 2 0 0 2 7 5 22
Warwickshire 3 0 2 1 3 5 13
Somerset 2 0 2 0 3 6 9