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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO: ROUND FOUR PREVIEW

Notts and Kent aiming for four wins in a row

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...

Derbyshire v Worcestershire, Derby

Derbyshire

Form: LL

Previous result: Kent 259 and 308; Derbyshire 159 and 239 (target: 409) – Kent won by 169 runs, Canterbury

One to watch: Derby have lost their opening two matches but Will Davis has impressed with the ball taking 13 wickets at 16.92.

Squad: Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Ben Slater, Shiv Thakor, Wayne Madsen, Daryn Smit, Jeevan Mendis, Alex Hughes, Matt Critchley, Tom Taylor, Rob Hemmings, Tony Palladino, Ben Cotton.

Worcestershire

Form: WW

Previous result: Worcestershire 188 and 153; Northamptonshire 157 and 164 (target: 185) – Worcestershire won by 20 runs, New Road

One to watch: Joe Leach has taken 13 wickets including 10 in the match as Worcestershire beat Northants by 20 runs at New Road. Meanwhile 19-year-old Josh Tongue has nine at 15.67 including a five-for on debut against Glamorgan.

Squad: Joe Leach*, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D’Oliveira, Tom Fell, Joe Clarke, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ben Cox (WK), Ed Barnard, Josh Tongue, Jack Shantry, Nathan Lyon, George Rhodes.

Did you know?

  • Worcestershire are aiming to make it five wins in a row, which would represent their best streak since 2003.

Joe Leach took 10 wickets in the match as Worcestershire made it two wins from two

Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire, The SWALEC

Glamorgan

Form: LLD

Previous result: Leicestershire 420 and 360 for 6d; Glamorgan 426 and 144 for 4 (target: 355) - Match drawn, Grace Road

One to watch: Colin Ingram has been in excellent One-Day Cup form hitting 564 runs at 70.50. The South African leads Glamorgan in run-scoring in both competitions.

Squad: Jacques Rudolph*, Nick Selman, Will Bragg, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram, Chris Cooke, Aneurin Donald, Carlson, Andrew Salter, Marchant De Lange, Michael Hogan, Lukas Carey, Timm van der Gugten.

Nottinghamshire

Form: WWW

Previous result: Nottinghamshire 447; Sussex 155 and 204 (f/o) – Nottinghamshire won by an innings and 88 runs, Trent Bridge

One to watch: Notts will be without James Pattinson who has been called up to Australia’s Champions Trophy squad. The Victorian has been ruthless taking 20 Championship wickets at 11.15. India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will provide a highly talented – if not like-for-like - short-term replacement.

Squad: Chris Read* (WK), Brendan Taylor, Jake Libby, Cheteshwar Pujara, Steven Mullaney, Stuart Broad, Riki Wessels, Harry Gurney, Luke Wood, Luke Fletcher, matthew Carter, Samit Patel, Brett Hutton, Michael Lumb. 

Did you know?

  • Notts' have won all three of their matches this season, by margins of nine wickets, 10 wickets, and an innings and 88 runs.

Leicestershire v Kent, Grace Road

Leicestershire

Form: LLD

Previous result: Leicestershire 420 and 360 for 6d; Glamorgan 426 and 144 for 4 (target: 355) - Match drawn, Grace Road

One to watch: Leicestershire will need someone to step up in the absence of Ben Raine who leads the way for Leicestershire; he tops the batting averages with 62.67 and boasts the best bowling average with 13 wickets at 19.77.

Squad: Mark Cosgrove*, Colin Ackermann, Zak Chappell, Harry Dearden, Ned Eckersley* (WK), Cameron Delport, Neil Dexter, Gavin Griffiths, Lewis Hill, Paul Horton, Dieter Klein, Clint McKay, Callum Parkinson, Mark Pettini, Tom Wells. 

Kent

Form: WWW

Previous result: Kent 259 and 308; Derbyshire 159 and 239 (target: 409) – Kent won by 169 runs, Canterbury

One to watch: Oh for an XI of Darren Stevens. 40 years young, leading Kent in batting and bowling with 296 runs at 59.20, and 22 wickets at 11.50. Doing OK in the white-ball stuff too, he hit 147 from 67 balls (14 sixes) against Glamorgan albeit in a losing cause.

Squad: Sam Northeast*, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sean Dickson, Joe Denly, Alex Blake, Will Gidman, Darren Stevens, Adam Rouse (WK), Calum Haggett, Matt Coles, James Tredwell, James Harris, Matt Hunn.

Did you know?

  • Leicestershire have failed to beat Kent in their last 14 meetings (L5, D9).

Watch Darren Stevens' match-winning performance

Sussex v Durham, Hove (Sunday May 21)

Sussex

Form: LL

Previous result: Nottinghamshire 447; Sussex 155 and 204 (f/o) – Nottinghamshire won by an innings and 88 runs, Trent Bridge

One to watch: On his first Championship appearance of the year Steve Magoffin took a five-for in Sussex’s innings defeat by Notts. Magoffin took 62 Division Two wickets in 2016, behind only Joe Leach (65) and Graham Napier (63).

Squad: (To follow)

Durham

Form: LD

Previous result: Gloucestershire 303 and 320; Durham 419 and 85 for 4 (target: 205) – Match drawn, Bristol

One to watch: 

Michael Richardson scored 83 in the match (57 & 26) as Durham drew with Gloucestershire. He has scored 366 runs in the One-Day Cup including an unbeaten hundred.

Squad: (To follow)

Did you know?

  • Durham have won their last three fixtures against Sussex.

Division Two table

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Batting Bowling Points
Nottinghamshire 3 3 0 0 11 9 68
Kent 3 3 0 0 7 9 64
Northamptonshire 3 2 1 0 6 9 47
Worcestershire 2 2 0 0 5 6 43
Gloucestershire 3 1 1 1 6 7 34
Glamorgan 3 0 2 1 6 9 20
Derbyshire 2 0 2 0 2 6 8
Sussex 2 0 2 0 2 6 8
Leicestershire 3 0 2 1 8 7 4
Durham 2 0 1 1 4 6 -33