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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: ROUND FIVE PREVIEW

Unbeaten Surrey face leaders Essex at Chelmsford

Essex v Surrey, Chelmsford

Essex

Form: DWDW

Previous result: Essex 360; Hampshire 115 and 148 (f/o) – Essex won by an innings and 97 runs, Chelmsford

One to watch: Jamie Porter took 7 for 45 in the match as Essex hammered Hampshire at Chelmsford.

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

Surrey

Form: WDDD

Previous result: Surrey 313 and 339; Middlesex 411 and 92 for 2 (target: 242) – Match drawn, Lord’s

One to watch: You may have heard of Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankan passed 20,000 first-class runs against Middlesex and has registered four consecutive Championship hundreds. He has announced that he is to retire from the first-class game at the the end of the season.

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

Did you know?

  • Both counties are unbeaten this season and currently occupy the top two places in the table.

Somerset v Hampshire, Taunton

Somerset

Form: LLD

Previous result: Warwickshire 413; Somerset 230 and 86 for 1 (f/o) – Match drawn, Taunton

One to watch: While we are on veterans. Marcus Trescothick scored his 64th first-class century against Warwickshire, his 50th for Somerset - a club record.

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

Hampshire

Form: WDDL

Previous result: Essex 360; Hampshire 115 and 148 (f/o) – Essex won by an innings and 97 runs, Chelmsford

One to watch: Only James Vince has reached three figures for Hampshire this summer, Gareth Berg (99*), Michael Carberry (98) and Rilee Rossouw (99) have all fallen just short.

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

Did you know?

  • Hampshire have not lost on the road against Somerset in their last 11 games (W2 D9).

Division One table

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Batting Bowling Points
Essex 4 2 0 2 5 10 57
Surrey 4 1 0 3 14 11 56
Lancashire 4 1 0 3 10 10 51
Yorkshire 4 1 1 2 9 10 45
Hampshire 4 1 1 2 6 9 41
Middlesex 3 0 0 3 12 8 35
Warwickshire 4 0 2 2 7 8 25
Somerset 3 0 2 1 4 8 17