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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: ROUND 11 PREVIEW

Leaders Essex face Yorkshire at Headingley

Hampshire v Lancashire, Ageas Bowl

Hampshire

Form: DDLWDDLW 

Previous result: Hampshire 648 for 7d; Surrey 483 and 166 for 3d (f/o) – Match drawn, The Oval

One to watch: Hampshire’s veteran Australian captain George Bailey top scored in their innings of 648 for 7d with 161. Averaging 44.85 in Division One this season, he will be hoping for more of the the same against second-place Lancashire.

Squad: (To follow)

Lancashire

Form: DWWLDWDD

Previous result: Lancashire 273 and 178 for 4; Warwickshire 321 – Match drawn, Edgbaston

One to watch: After taking 4 for 81 against Warwickshire in Lancashire’s last County Championship game and taking wickets against Derbyshire and Durham in their Natwest T20 games (3 for 36 and 3 for 26), all-rounder Jordan Clark will be aiming to continue his upturn in form.

Squad: (To follow)

George Bailey is averaging 44.85 this summer

Middlesex v Warwickshire, Lord’s

Middlesex

Form: WLWLDDDD

Previous result: Warwickshire 334 and 233; Middlesex 334 and 234 for 9 (target: 234) – Middlesex won by one wicket, Edgbaston

One to watch: Following a season-high score of 179 with a duck is not how to raise your average of 50. No.3 batsman Stephen Eskinazi has hit four half-centuries and two hundreds so far this season.

Squad: James Franklin*, Nick Compton, Stephen Eskinazi, Steven Finn, Nick Gubbins, James Harris, Tom Helm, Ryan Higgins, Tim Murtagh, Harry Podmore, Sam Robson, John Simpson†, Nathan Sowter, Adam Voges.

Warwickshire

Form: LDLLDLL

Previous result: Warwickshire 334 and 233; Middlesex 334 and 234 for 9 (target: 234) – Middlesex won by one wicket, Edgbaston

One to watch: Jonathan Trott unfortunately managed to fall for 49 and 99 last time out so will be looking for a few extra runs at Lord’s.

Squad: Ian Bell*, Tim Ambrose†, Keith Barker, Sam Hain, Matt Lamb, Jeetan Patel, Boyd Rankin, Dom Sibley, Ryan Sidebottom, Sunny Singh, Jonathan Trott, Andy Umeed, Chris Woakes, Chris Wright.

Eskinazi has scored two Championship hundreds for Middlesex in this campaign

Yorkshire v Essex, Headingley

Yorkshire

Form: LDLWWDDWL

Previous result: Somerset 268 and 281 for 4d; Yorkshire 213 and 157 (target: 337) – Somerset won by 17 runs, Scarborough

One to watch: Taking 4 for 73 in Somerset’s first innings and hitting a quick-fire 39 in Yorkshire’s second, Liam Plunkett can move Yorkshire up the table by beating leaders Essex.

Squad: Tim Bresnan*, Jack Brooks, Harry Brook, Ben Coad, Andrew Hodd†, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Adil Rashid, Ryan Sidebottom. 

Essex

Form: WWWDWDWD

Previous result: Middlesex 246 and 262; Essex 542 for 3d – Essex won by an innings and 34 runs, Chelmsford

One to watch: Averaging 61.69 in Division One, opener Nick Browne scored a mammoth 221 against Middlesex, his highest score of the season. With Alastair Cook and Tom Westley away on England duty, there will be extra pressure on Browne to deliver.

Squad: (To follow)

Essex will be without Alastair Cook and Tom Westley

Somerset v Surrey, Taunton (Monday 7th)

Somerset

Form: WDLDLDLL

Previous result: Somerset 268 and 281 for 4d; Yorkshire 213 and 157 (target: 337) – Somerset won by 17 runs, Scarborough

One to watch: Top scoring for Somerset against Yorkshire with 101*, James Hildreth played the crucial innings, taking Somerset’s lead over 300.

Squad: (To follow)

Surrey

Form: DDLDDDDW

Previous result: Hampshire 648 for 7d; Surrey 483 and 166 for 3d (f/o) – Match drawn, The Oval

One to watch: Rory Burns’ lack of a big score was forgotten when he scored 221 in Surrey’s encounter with Hampshire, outscoring any teammate in both innings by 162 runs.

Squad: Gareth Batty*, Scott Borthwick, Rory Burns, Rikki Clarke, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Aaron Finch, Ben Foakes†, Stuart Meaker, Ollie Pope, Jason Roy, Mark Stoneman, Amar Virdi.

Burns scored 287 runs in the match against Hampshire

Division One table

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Batting Bowling Points
Essex 8 5 0 3 21 22 138
Lancashire 8 3 1 4 20 21 109
Hampshire 9 3 2 4 19 21 108
Yorkshire 9 3 3 3 14 23 100
Middlesex 8 2 2 4 23 19 94
Surrey 8 1 1 6 31 17 94
Somerset 8 1 4 3 11 22 64
Warwickshire 8 0 5 3 16 16 47