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COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: ROUND 13 PREVIEW

Top two meet at Old Trafford

Hampshire v Surrey, Ageas Bowl

Hampshire

Form: DDDLWWLDDW

Previous result: Lancashire 149 and 314 for 5, Hampshire 224 – Match Drawn, Ageas Bowl

One to Watch: Liam Dawson scored 75 with the bat last time out and took four wickets. He is capable of threatening the opposition with both bat and ball and with England experience he is definitely someone to look out for.

Squad: George Bailey*, Kyle Abbot, Jimmy Adams, Tom Alsop, Gareth Berg, Liam Dawson, Fidel Edwards, Sean Ervine, Ian Holland, James Vince, Joe Weatherley, Brad Wheal.

Surrey

Form: DDDDLDDDDW

Previous result: Middlesex 247 and 214 for 7, Surrey 280 – Match Drawn, The Oval

One to watch: Jason Roy hit 79 in first innings against Middlesex following on from his 74 in the T20 Blast quarter-final against Birmingham. He is a class player more than capable of turning the game on its head in a flash.

Squad: Gareth Batty*, Scott Borthwick, Rory Burns, Rikki Clarke, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jade Dernbach, Ben Foakes†, Conor Mckerr, Stuart Meaker, Ryan Patel, Ollie Pope, Jason Roy, Amar Virdi.

Lancashire v Essex, Old Trafford

Lancashire

Form: WDDWWLDWDD

Previous result: Warwickshire 200 and 334, Lancashire 504 for 8d and 42 for 2 – Lancashire won by eight wickets, Old Trafford

One to Watch: Liam Livingstone scored a magnificent 224 in the first innings against Warwickshire in part of a total of 504 for 8 declared.  Livingstone hit his 224 off 325 balls to put Lancashire firmly in the ascendancy.

Squad: Steven Croft*, Tom Bailey, Jos Buttler, Shiv Chanderpaul, Jordan Clark, Alex Davies, Haseeb Hameed, Kyle Jarvis, Liam Livingstone, Ryan McLaren, Matthew Parkinson, Stephen Parry, Dane Vilas.

Essex

Form: WWWWWDWDWD

Previous result: Essex 159 and 293 for 9, Somerset 164 and 109 – Essex won by 179 runs, Chelmsford

One to Watch: As Essex look to clinch the Division One title, Jamie Porter - who has taken 52 wickets at 18.67 - is playing a key role.

Squad: Varun Chopra*, James Foster†, Mohammad Amir, Nick Browne, Simon Harmer, Sam Cook, Paul Walter, Ravi Bopara, Dan Lawrence, Adam Wheater, Jamie Porter, Callum Taylor, Ashar Zaidi.

Warwickshire v Somerset, Edgbaston

Warwickshire

Form: LWLDLLDDLL

Previous result: Warwickshire 200 and 334, Lancashire 504 for 8d and 42 for 2 – Lancashire won by eight wickets, Old Trafford

One to Watch: Ian Bell is desperately short of runs this season and has stepped down from the captaincy to try and rediscover his batting form. However, class is permanent and Bell certainly has plenty of that.

Squad: Jonathan Trott*, Tim Ambrose, Keith Barker, Ian Bell, Henry Brookes, Matthew Lamb, Jeetan Patel, Dom Sibley, Ryan Sidebottom, Andy Umeed, Chris Wright.

Somerset

Form: LDWDLDLDLL

Previous result: Essex 159 and 293 for 9, Somerset 164 and 109 – Essex won by 179 runs, Chelmsford

One to Watch: The left-arm spin of Jack Leach could be key to the survival of Somerset as they look to stay in Division One. Leach has to deliver on the later-season wickets if Somerset are to avoid the drop.

Squad: Tom Abell*, Marcus Trescothick, Eddie Byrom, George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Steve Davies, Peter Trego, Craig Overton, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Josh Davey, Paul van Meekeren, Tim Groenewald.

Yorkshire v Middlesex, Headingley

Yorkshire

Form: LLDLWWDDWL

Previous result: Yorkshire 118 and 150, Essex 231 and 34 for 2 – Essex won by eight wickets, North Marine Road

One to watch: In his last season Ryan Sidebottom will be keen to go out with a bang after a glittering international and county career. A master of English conditions could prove key as Yorkshire look to move up the table and create some momentum heading into next season.

Squad: Gary Ballance*, Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Ben Coad, Andrew Hodd†, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Shaun Marsh, Steven Patterson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Ryan Sidebottom.

Middlesex

Form: DLWLWLDDDD

Previous result: Middlesex 247 and 214 for 7, Surrey 280 – Match Drawn , The Oval

One to watch: With no Toby Roland-Jones in the squad, Tim Murtagh is Middlesex's leading wicket-taker with 26 with 30.04.

Squad: James Franklin*, Nick Compton, Stephen Eskinazi, Steven Finn, James Harris, Tom Helm, Ryan Higgins, Max Holden, Tim Murtagh, Ollie Rayner, Sam Robson, John Simpson†, Nathan Sowter, Paul Stirling, Adam Voges.

 

Division One table

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Batting Bowling Points
Essex 10 7 0 3 22 28 177
Lancashire 10 4 1 5 25 27 141
Hampshire 10 3 2 5 20 24 117
Surrey 10 1 1 8 36 23 115
Middlesex 10 2 3 5 24 25 106
Yorkshire 10 2 4 3 14 26 103
Somerset 10 1 5 4 16 28 80
Warwickshire 10 1 6 3 17 20 68