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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: ROUND SEVEN PREVIEW

Surrey and Essex meet at Guildford

Lancashire v Middlesex, Southport

Lancashire

Form: LDWDD

Previous result: Lancashire 123 and 209; Yorkshire 273 and 61 for 0 – Yorkshire won by 10 wickets, Headingley

One to watch: Lancashire have dearly missed the runs of Liam Livingstone in recent times, so they have looked towards Alex Davies to fill the void. He struggled against Yorkshire, posting 9 and 10, but has enjoyed a first-class average north of 50 so far this season. With Middlesex nipping at the heels of Lancashire in the table, now would be a great time for the wicketkeeper to pile on the runs.

Squad: Steven Croft*, Tom Bailey, Jordan Clarke, Alex Davies†, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Haseeb Hameed, Danny Lamb, Arron Lilley, Liam Livingstone, Ryan McLaren, Saqib Mahmood, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter, Dane Vilas.

Middlesex

Form: DDDD

Previous result: Somerset 443 for 9d and 161 for 3d; Middlesex 358 for 9 – Match drawn, Lord’s

One to watch: Leadership duties don’t seem to have deterred club captain James Franklin who has excelled with both bat and ball this season. The New Zealander rose to the occasion against Surrey in May, taking a four-for in the first innings before smashing 112, including 18 boundaries, to give his side a big first-innings lead.

Squad: James Franklin*, Stephen Eskinazi, Nick Gubbins, James Harris, Tom Helm, Dawid Malan, Tim Murtagh, Ravi Patel, Ollie Rayner, Sam Robson, Toby Roland-Jones, John Simpson†, Paul Stirling.

Did you know?

  • Wasim Akram took his best first-class figures – 8 for 30 – at Southport playing for Lancashire against Somerset in 1994.

First-class Franklin

Somerset v Yorkshire, Taunton

Somerset

Form: DLDLL

Previous result: Somerset 443 for 9d and 161 for 3d; Middlesex 358 for 9 – Match drawn, Lord’s

One to watch: Doubts over his batting have hindered Lewis Gregory’s quest for international colours, but he may have reignited chatter amongst the selectors after his composed 137 against Middlesex in the last round.

Squad: Tom Abell*, Dom Bess, Josh Davey, Steve Davies†, Dean Elgar, Tim Groenewald, Lewis Gregory, James Hildreth, Adam Hose, Jack Leach, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Marcus Trescothick.

Yorkshire

Form: WDDWL

Previous result: Lancashire 123 and 209; Yorkshire 273 and 61 for 0 – Yorkshire won by 10 wickets, Headingley

One to watch: It has been quite a summer for Ben Coad. The 23 year-old had only played one first-class match prior to this season but his surprising pace and tight lines have given batsmen some serious bother. 34 wickets at 13.91 does not flatter him.

Squad: Gary Ballance*, Jack Brooks, Kyle Carver, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Peter Handscomb, Andrew Hodd†, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Ryan Sidebottom, Matthew Waite.

Did you know?

  • Yorkshire captain Alex Lees has never scored a County Championship hundred, in England, south of the River Thames. Despite having played 37 innings in the region he averages only 20.53, compared to his career first-class average of 38.47.

Surrey v Essex, Guildford

Surrey

Form: DDDDW

Previous result: Surrey 369 and 260 for 9; Essex 383 – Match drawn, Chelmsford

One to watch: Mark Stoneman seems to have settled in south London, scoring 420 runs at a healthy 52.50. He has scored two hundreds this season, however these are the only occasions where he has passed 50. When Stoneman gets in, he goes big so Essex must get him early or face losing top spot in the table.

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

Essex

Form: DWDWD

Previous result: Surrey 369 and 260 for 9; Essex 383 – Match drawn, Chelmsford

One to watch: Few would believe that Dan Lawrence is still only 19 years of age. In April, following a Lancashire declaration, Lawrence batted for the entire fourth day to salvage a draw and it is points earned like these that can decide the Championship come September. And whilst stoically protecting his wicket he gets runs too, 391 of them so far this summer at a productive 65.16.

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

Did you know?

  • Surrey have not won in the Championship at Guildford since 2002 when they beat Yorkshire by 6 wickets. That’s a run of 14 matches and includes 7 losses and 7 draws. 

Division One table

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Batting Bowling Points
Hampshire 6 3 1 2 9 15 82
Essex 5 2 0 3 8 13 68
Surrey 5 1 0 4 18 13 67
Yorkshire 5 2 1 2 11 13 66
Lancashire 5 1 1 3 10 13 54
Middlesex 4 0 0 4 15 10 45
Somerset 5 0 3 2 8 13 31
Warwickshire 5 0 3 2 9 9 28