Specsavers County Championship – Round 2 Squads – Division One

Round 2 of the Specsavers County Championship starts today with all 8 teams from Division One will be in action before the teams head to the limited overs tournament. It is always good to go on a break with a win under the belt.

Match Days: 11th April till 14th April 2019

Hampshire vs. Yorkshire at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton | Hampshire started the season in style making most of the points that they could. They stand at the top of the table with 24 points. When things are good, why change. Hampshire announced their playing XI ahead of their second home game. Lewis McManus replaces Tom Alsop who will miss the game due to injury.

Brilliant comeback at Nottinghamshire makes Yorkshire the team to look out for with Gary Ballance and Joe Root both looking comfortable. Tim Bresnan and Josh Poysden are back in contention along with the starting XI that played at Trent Bridge.

HampshireYorkshire
Joe WeatherleyAdam Lyth
James VinceBen Coad
Aiden MarkramDuanne Olivier
Sam NortheastGary Ballance
Rilee RossouwHarry Brook
Liam DawsonJack Leaning
Lewis McManusJoe Root
Gareth BergJonathan Tattersall
Keith BarkerMatthew Waite
Kyle AbbottSteven Patterson
Fidel EdwardsTim Bresnan
Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Josh Poysden

Nottinghamshire vs. Somerset at Trent Bridge, Nottingham | Interesting contest to watch out for. Nottinghamshire looked supremely confident with the bat. They scored 737 runs in total, the most by a team on the opening day. Luke Wood comes in for Paul Couglin and Zak Chappell in contention as they welcome confident Somerset at Trent Bridge.

Somerset might have had difficulty to get the game started at home owing to overnight rains and bad light conditions. But, that didn’t stop them to pursue their championship dreams. They wrapped up with match in three days against Essex. Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald back in contention along with the playing XI from the home game.

NottinghamshireSomerset
Ben DuckettAzhar Ali
Ben SlaterCraig Overton
Chris NashEddie Byrom
Jake BallGeorge Bartlett
Joe ClarkeJack Brooks
Luke FletcherJames Hildreth
Luke WoodJosh Davey
Samit PatelLewis Gregory
Steven MullaneyMarcus Trescothick
Stuart BroadSteve Davies
Tom MooresTom Abell
Jake LibbyJack Leach
Zak ChappellTim Groenewald

Surrey vs. Essex at The Kia Oval, London | The defending champions couldn’t have asked for a better opponent than Essex who struggled in the first game. Surrey kicks off their 2019 campaign at home with Rory Burns set to lead the side. No injury concerns to start with.

Essex wants to turn things around at the earliest they possibly can. They just managed to gain only one point in the opening game. Two away games to start the season is not the best of choices. Robbie White and Peter Siddle’s inclusion into the squad might change a few things.

SurreyEssex
Rory BurnsAlastair Cook
Gareth BattyNick Browne
Scott BorthwickTom Westley
Rikki ClarkeDan Lawrence
Tom CurranRavi Bopara
Ben FoakesRyan ten Doeschate
Will JacksAdam Wheater
Morne MorkelSimon Harmer
Ryan PatelSam Cook
Liam PlunkettJamie Porter
Ollie PopeMatt Quinn
Mark StonemanRobbie White
Freddie van den BerghPeter Siddle

Warwickshire vs. Kent at Edgbaston, Birmingham | Jeetan Patel will the lead Warwickshire as they kick start their 2019 County championship season. In Division Two last season, the promotion is a boost. With less relegation chances this time, it is a happy place to be in.

Kent lost their opening game versus Somerset who left them wanting for someone to step up. 340 runs scored in both the innings combined is the least team total in the opening round. They would want their batsmen to step up and deliver a performance. Adam Riley and Fred Klassen are included in the squad.

WarwickshireKent
Jeetan PatelAlex Blake
Tim AmbroseDaniel Bell-Drummond
Liam BanksDarren Stevens
Henry BrookesHarry Podmore
Sam HainHeino Kuhn
Olly Hannon-DalbyMatt Milnes
Adam HoseMatt Renshaw
Matt LambMitchell Claydon
Craig MilesOllie Robinson
Tom MilnesSean Dickson
Will RhodesZak Crawley
Dom SibleyAdam Riley
Ryan SidebottomFred Klaassen

Image and Data Courtesy: England and Wales Cricket

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