County cricket: Surrey v Somerset, Essex v Notts and more – live! | Sport


Hello and welcome to this midsummer round of Championship cricket, with the days at their longest and most perfect for cricket watching. We have a full round of matches including festival games at Arundel, Swansea, Guildford, and Tunbridge Wells – get along if you can. We also have the first two pink-ball clashes of the season, with matches at the Ageas Bowl, starting at 2 o’clock, and at the County Ground, starting at 1.30pm.

Division One

Here at Guildford, we have the mouth-watering prospect of a top-of-the-table clash between Surrey and Somerset. Jack Leach returns alongside Dom Bess at a new-look Guildford with a revamped pavilion jointly funded by Guildford Borough Council and Surrey CCC. Both sides are missing players to the England Lions: Ben Foakes, the Curran brothers and Craig Overton. Ollie Pope, a product of Guildford colt’s system, will keep wicket for Surrey and blink and you’ll miss him overseas signing Theunis de Bruyn joins the team. Mark Stoneman is missing with personal issues, replaced by Arun Harinath.

At New Road Worcestershire take on Lancashire, who batted dreadfully in the previous game against Essex at Old Trafford. Liam Livingstone and Matt Parkinson are away with the Lions, Keaton Jennings is expected to captain. Brett D’Oliveira will lead Worcestershire in place of Joe Leach, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture of the back. Martin Guptill and Steve Magoffin are added to the squad.

In the day-night game at the Ageas Bowl, seventh-placed Hampshire entertain a depleted Yorkshire missing five players to the England one-day squad and Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Matt Fisher to England Lions. Ollie Rayner joins Hampshire on a month’s loan from Middlesex because of injuries to Mason Crane and Brad Taylor and Liam Dawson’s absence, also with the Lions. This game is the first to feature the pink Kookaburra, being trialled this season in Division One floodlit games. Hampshire slipped to seventh after a home defeat by Surrey in their last match, despite having Dale Steyn to share the new ball with Kyle Abbott. Yorkshire are looking for revenge after defeat in the James Vince-fest in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Monday.

At Chelmsford, third-placed Essex take on fourth-placed Nottinghamshire who have suffered consecutive defeats. Nottinghamshire are missing Steven Mullaney, who will lead the Lions in their tri-series games; Alastair Cook plays for Essex who will be lead by Tom Westley with Ryan ten Doeschate still suspended.

Division Two

At St Helens, centurion Usman Khawaja makes his home debut for Glamorgan against Derbyshire who are still missing Luis Reece with injury.

At beautiful Tunbridge Wells, Kent take on top-of-the-table Warwickshire, who have only won one once here in 10 Championship games. Warwickshire come into the game full of confidence, after Ian Bell’s double century inspiration against Glamorgan in the last round and four wins from their first five matches. Kent are missing Sam Billings, so Joe Denly continues as captain, Warwickshire are without the injured Oli Stone and Sam Hain with the Lions.

At Grace Road Leicestershire play a Middlesex missing Eoin Morgan with England, and Nick Gubbins and Tom Helm with the Lions. Rejuvinated Leicestershire under the leadership of Paul Horton aim for a third consecutive Championship win.

Bottom of the table Northants remain winless and well adrift at the bottom of the table after suffering their fourth defeat in five matches, but will hope that the pink-ball fixture can inspire a return to form against Gloucestershire, who batted out a draw against Kent last week.

At Arundel, Durham hope to continue the form that has seen them pluck victory from the jaws of defeat in their last two home games. Sussex include Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer and Laurie Evans in their Championship squad for the first time this season.

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