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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: ROUND SIX PREVIEW

Yorkshire and Lancashire clash at Headingley

Hampshire v Warwickshire, Ageas Bowl

Hampshire

Form: WDDLW

Previous result: Hampshire 162 and 293; Somerset 197 and 168 – Hampshire won by 90 runs, Taunton

One to watch: Mason Crane took 5 for 40 in the second innings against Somerset, including a dangerously settled Dean Elgar for 60, as the home team fell short of their target.

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

Warwickshire

Form: LLDD

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

One to watch: Jonathan Trott hit a fabulous 175, his second Championship ton of the summer, to continue his productive start to the season.

Squad: Ian Bell*, Tim Ambrose†, Keith Barker, Rikki Clarke, Sam Hain, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, William Porterfield, Josh Poysden, Boyd Rankin, Sunny Singh, Grant Thornton, Jonathan Trott, Andy Umeed, Ian Westwood.

Did you know?

  • Ian Bell averages 81.22 at the Ageas Bowl, scoring four hundreds and one fifty.

Middlesex v Somerset, Lord’s

Middlesex

Form: DDD

Previous result: Surrey 313 and 339; Middlesex 414 and 92 for 2 – Match drawn, Lord’s

One to watch: Despite having played only three matches in the Championship, Steve Eskinazi is fifth in the Division One run scoring charts, passing 50 in four of his six innings in the competition.

Squad: James Franklin*, Nick Compton, Stephen Eskinazi, Nick Gubbins, Tom Helm, Tim Murtagh, Harry Podmore, Ollie Rayner, Toby Roland-Jones, John Simpson†, Paul Stirling, Adam Voges.

Somerset

Form: LLDL

Previous result: Hampshire 162 and 293; Somerset 197 and 168 – Hampshire won by 90 runs, Taunton

One to watch: It has been a disappointing start for last season’s runners up but Dean Elgar is providing invaluable consistency at the top of the order. The South African scored 60 in both innings against Hampshire and will hope to convert these starts into big scores in the coming weeks.

Squad: Tom Abell*, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steven Davies†, Dean Elgar, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald, James Hildreth, Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Peter Trego, Marcus Trescothick, Roelof Van Der Merwe.

Did you know?

  • Sam Robson has never scored a hundred against Somerset in nine first-class matches. His top score is 99 in 2016.

Yorkshire v Lancashire, Headingley

Yorkshire

Form: LWDD

Previous result: Yorkshire 444-8d and 177 for 1d; Lancashire 432 – Match drawn, Old Trafford

One to watch: Jack Brooks had a match to remember last time out in the roses match, scoring his first century in professional cricket. His partnership with Jack Leaning, who also reached three figures, rescued the Yorkshire innings, which at one point looked precarious at 9 for 2.

Squad: Gary Ballance*, Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Ben Coad, Peter Handscomb, Andrew Hodd†, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Ryan Sidebottom.

Lancashire

Form: DDWD

Previous result: Yorkshire 444 for 8d and 177 for 1d; Lancashire 432 – Match drawn, Old Trafford

One to watch: Ryan McLaren has chipped in with some very useful contributions this season. Utilised mainly as a bowler, taking 14 wickets at 25.71, the South African has also shown his class with willow in hand, scoring 84 against Yorkshire and an important 45 against Somerset to set up an unlikely victory.

Squad: Steven Croft*, Tom Bailey, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jordan Clark, Alex Davies†, Haseeb Hameed, Rob Jones, Danny Lamb, Saqib Mahmood, Ryan McLaren, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter, Dane Vilas.

Did you know?

  • Despite having only bowled more balls against one other county (Durham), Tim Bresnan has never taken a Championship five wicket haul against Lancashire.
Team Played Won Lost Drawn Batting Bowling Points
Essex 5 2 0 3 8 13 68
Surrey 5 1 0 4 18 13 67
Hampshire 5 2 1 2 6 12 60
Lancashire 4 1 0 3 10 10 51
Yorkshire 4 1 1 2 9 10 45
Middlesex 3 0 0 3 12 8 35
Warwickshire 4 0 2 2 7 8 25
Somerset 4 0 3 1 4 11 20