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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO: WEEK THREE PREVIEW

Nottinghamshire host Sussex at Trent Bridge

The Easter weekend produced another enthralling feast of cricket – one that marked the first time since 1999 that all 18 first-class counties were playing Championship cricket simultaneously.

If we continue to dine like this we will all be rather rotund characters come September. By word it is nourishing, though.

Kent, Northants and Notts followed up opening wins to make it two from two, and Derbyshire and Northants provided us with some declaration bowling being hurled around. In Derbyshire’s second innings, Northants had 10 of their XI bowling, Richard Levi the only man not to turn his arm over, his role was yet to be played.

Levi is more of an appliance than a cricketer, he marches out to the crease, mechanisms start whirring, humanish limbs start swinging, and the scoreboard starts ticking over at a pace. His combative 99 helped Northants over the line with a ball to spare.

Here are this week’s fixtures...

Gloucestershire v Durham, Bristol

Gloucestershire

Form: LW

Previous result: Gloucestershire 466 for 8d; Leicestershire 259 and 201 (f/o), Gloucestershire won by an innings and six runs, Bristol

One to watch: Following eight wickets against Kent in Gloucestershire’s opener, Liam Norwell added two more five-fors against Leicestershire taking 10 for 99 in the match.

Squad: Phil Mustard*, Chris Dent, Cameron Bancroft, Will Tavare, Graeme van Buuren, George Hankins, Jack Taylor, David Payne, Craig Miles, Liam Norwell, Chris Liddle, Ollie Currill. 

Durham

Form: L

Previous result: Durham 162 and 250; Nottinghamshire 305 and 110 for 1 (target: 108), Nottinghamshire won by nine wickets, Chester-le-Street

One to watch: England’s Keaton Jennings wasted no time in notching his first hundred of the Championship season but he will need help from Stephen Cook and Jack Burnham at the top of the order who scored 2 and 19 in the match respectively.

Squad: Paul Collingwood*, Keaton Jennings, Stephen Cook, Cameron Steel, Graham Clark, Michael Richardson, Paul Coughlin, Ryan Pringle, Stuart Poynter (WK), Mark Wood, Brydon Carse, Graham Onions, Chris Rushworth. 

Did you know?

  • Durham's Stephen Cook is 15 runs short of 13,000 in first-class cricket.

Kent v Derbyshire, Canterbury

Kent

Form: WW

Previous result: Kent 304 and 413 for 5d; Sussex 291 and 200 (target: 427), Kent won by 226 runs, Hove

One to watch: 40-year-old Darren Stevens continues to drag back the years. He scored 68 in the first innings at Hove and added an unbeaten 71 in the second, sharing a 161* stand with skipper Sam Northeast. Then he set about dismantling Sussex’s top order, taking 5 for 51 in their second innings as Kent cruised to victory.

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

Derbyshire

Form: L

Previous result: Derbyshire 281 and 351 for 1d; Northamptonshire 307 and 330/7 (target: 326), Northamptonshire won by three wickets, Derby

One to watch: Luis Reece (168) hit a debut century for Derbyshire – albeit against a 10-man Northants attack serving up declaration bowling – time will tell if Reece can continue to prosper at the top of the order.

Squad: Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Ben Slater, Charlie Macdonell, Shiv Thakor, Wayne Madsen, Daryn Smit, Gary Wilson, Jeevan Mendis, Alex Hughes, Tom Milnes, Tony Palladino, Ben Cotton, Will Davis. 

Did you know?

  • Kent have won their opening two matches, and only lost two of their last 21 overall (W8 D11).

Leicestershire v Glamorgan, Grace Road

Leicestershire

Form: LL

Previous result: Gloucestershire 466 for 8d; Leicestershire 259 and 201 (f/o), Gloucestershire won by an innings and six runs, Bristol

One to watch: Not a great deal to shout about for Leicestershire after an innings defeat. Ned Eckersley stood out top scoring in both innings with 88 and 85.

Squad: Ned Eckersley* (WK), Zak Chappell, Harry Dearden, Cameron Delport, Neil Dexter, Gavin Griffiths, Lewis Hill, Paul Horton, Dieter Klein, Clint McKay, Mark Pettini, Ben Raine, Rob Sayer, Charlie Shreck, Tom Wells.

Glamorgan

Form: LL

Previous result: Glamorgan 207 and 223; Worcestershire 403 and 28 for 2 (target: 28), Worcestershire won by eight wickets, Cardiff

One to watch: With a batting average of 31.50 and eight wickets at 22.87, Lukas Carey is currently leading on both fronts fro Glamorgan.

Squad: Jacques Rudolph*, Nick Selman, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram, Chris Cooke, Aneurin Donald, Carlson, Andrew Salter, Marchant De Lange, Michael Hogan, Lukas Carey, Harry Podmore. 

Did you know?

  • Leicestershire have won their last tow matches against Glamorgan, and have only lost two the Welsh county once in their last 21 home matches (W7 D13).

Worcestershire v Northamptonshire, Worcester

Worcestershire

Form: W

Previous result: Glamorgan 207 and 223; Worcestershire 403 and 28 for 2 (target: 28), Worcestershire won by eight wickets, Cardiff

One to watch: Josh Tongue claimed a five-wicket haul on his County Championship debut as Worcestershire secured a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Glamorgan.

Squad: Daryl Mitchell, Brett D’Oliveira, Moeen Ali, Tom Fell, Joe Clarke, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ben Cox (WK), Joe Leach, Ed Barnard, John Hastings, Josh Tongue, Jack Shantry.

Northamptonshire

Form: WW

Previous result: Derbyshire 281 and 351 for 1d; Northamptonshire 307 and 330 for 7 (target: 326), Northamptonshire won by three wickets, Derby

One to watch: Rob Newton hit an even half-century in the first innings and fell two runs shy of his 12th first-class hundred in the second.

Squad: Alex Wakley*, Azharullah, Nathan Buck, Josh Cobb, Steven Crook, Ben Duckett, Max Holden, Rob Keogh, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Rob Newton, Adam Rossington (WK), Graeme White.

Did you know?

  • Worcestershire have won three matches in a row, Northants' winning run stands at five.

Nottinghamshire v Sussex, Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire

Form: WW

Previous result: Durham 162 and 250; Nottinghamshire 305 and 110 for 1 (target: 108), Nottinghamshire won by nine wickets, Chester-le-Street

One to watch:

Squad: Chris Read* (WK), Brendan Taylor, Jake Libby, James Pattinson, Stuart Broad, Riki Wessels, Alex Hales, Harry Gurney, Luke Fletcher, Samit Patel, Greg Smith, Jake Ball, Michael Lumb.

Sussex

Form: L

Previous result: Kent 304 and 413 for 5d; Sussex 291 and 200 (target: 427), Kent won by 226 runs, Hove

One to watch: 22-year-old Jofra Archer took 7 for 67 in Kent’s first innings and hit an unbeaten 60 from No.11 as Sussex were 291 all out in their reply.

Squad: Luke Wright*, Jofra Archer, Adam Barton, Danny Briggs, Ben Brown (WK), Laurie Evans, Harry Finch, George Garton, Steve Magoffin, Chris Nash, Delray Rawlins, Ajmal Shahzad,  Stiaan van Zyl, David Wiese, Stuart Whittingham. 

Did you know?

  • Sussex are unbeaten in the last eight road fixtures (W2 D6).

Division Two table

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Batting Bowling Points
Nottinghamshire 2 2 0 0 6 6 44
Northamptonshire 2 2 0 0 6 6 44
Kent 2 2 0 0 5 6 43
Gloucestershire 2 1 1 0 3 6 25
Worcestershire 1 1 0 0 5 3 24
Glamorgan 2 0 2 0 1 6 7
Derbyshire 1 0 1 0 2 3 5
Sussex 1 0 1 0 2 3 5
Leicestershire 2 0 2 0 4 4 -8
Durham 1 0 1 0 0 3 -45