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.
|Joe Weatherley||Adam Lyth|
|James Vince||Ben Coad|
|Aiden Markram||Duanne Olivier|
|Sam Northeast||Gary Ballance|
|Rilee Rossouw||Harry Brook|
|Liam Dawson||Jack Leaning|
|Lewis McManus||Joe Root|
|Gareth Berg||Jonathan Tattersall|
|Keith Barker||Matthew Waite|
|Kyle Abbott||Steven Patterson|
|Fidel Edwards||Tim Bresnan|
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.
|Ben Duckett||Azhar Ali|
|Ben Slater||Craig Overton|
|Chris Nash||Eddie Byrom|
|Jake Ball||George Bartlett|
|Joe Clarke||Jack Brooks|
|Luke Fletcher||James Hildreth|
|Luke Wood||Josh Davey|
|Samit Patel||Lewis Gregory|
|Steven Mullaney||Marcus Trescothick|
|Stuart Broad||Steve Davies|
|Tom Moores||Tom Abell|
|Jake Libby||Jack Leach|
|Zak Chappell||Tim 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.
|Rory Burns||Alastair Cook|
|Gareth Batty||Nick Browne|
|Scott Borthwick||Tom Westley|
|Rikki Clarke||Dan Lawrence|
|Tom Curran||Ravi Bopara|
|Ben Foakes||Ryan ten Doeschate|
|Will Jacks||Adam Wheater|
|Morne Morkel||Simon Harmer|
|Ryan Patel||Sam Cook|
|Liam Plunkett||Jamie Porter|
|Ollie Pope||Matt Quinn|
|Mark Stoneman||Robbie White|
|Freddie van den Bergh||Peter 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.
|Jeetan Patel||Alex Blake|
|Tim Ambrose||Daniel Bell-Drummond|
|Liam Banks||Darren Stevens|
|Henry Brookes||Harry Podmore|
|Sam Hain||Heino Kuhn|
|Olly Hannon-Dalby||Matt Milnes|
|Adam Hose||Matt Renshaw|
|Matt Lamb||Mitchell Claydon|
|Craig Miles||Ollie Robinson|
|Tom Milnes||Sean Dickson|
|Will Rhodes||Zak Crawley|
|Dom Sibley||Adam Riley|
|Ryan Sidebottom||Fred Klaassen|
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