Round 2 of the Specsavers County Championship starts today with all 10 teams from Division Two 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
Durham vs. Sussex at Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street | Both Durham and Sussex are coming off losses from their respective opening day fixtures. Both have 3 points each on their points table and will be looking forward to get a move on. Cameron Bancroft is set of Durham debut today, coming back from one-year bank following the ball-tampering scandal. Bancroft and Cameroon Steel are included into the squad with Ned Eckersley set to start behind the stumps. Stuart Poynter misses out.
Sussex make two changes to their squad from the opening day. Harry Finch is injured so Laurie Evans is included as his replacement. Delray Rawlins is included in the place of Danny Briggs.
Both teams are coming off the back of losses and so will be looking to put that right. We know we’re in for a battle
|Cameron Bancroft||Ben Brown|
|Alex Lees||Michael Burgess|
|Cameron Steel||Laurie Evans|
|Gareth Harte||Tom Haines|
|Jack Burnham||Mir Hamza|
|Graham Clark||Chris Jordan|
|Ned Eckersley||Delray Rawlins|
|Liam Trevaskis||Ollie Robinson|
|Ben Raine||Abi Sakande|
|James Weighell||Phil Salt|
|Matt Salisbury||Stiaan van Zyl|
|Chris Rushworth||Luke Wells|
|Oliver Gibson||David Wiese|
Glamorgan vs. Northamptonshire at Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Cardiff | Glamorgan is set to kick off their 2019 county championship against a side which stands third on the points table. They play their first match at home. Billy Root, Charlie Hemphrey and Marnus Labuschagne are set to make their county championship debuts with Merchant de Lange back in action.
Northamptonshire managed to bat only once in a batsmen friendly draw against Middlesex. Only 24 wickets were lost in the match, the lowest in the opening day fixtures. The squad remains the same except for the return of Luke Wood.
|Chris Cooke||Ricardo Vasconcelos|
|Kieran Bull||Rob Newton|
|Lukas Carey||Alex Wakley|
|Kiran Carlson||Josh Cobb|
|Merchant de Lange||Rob Keogh|
|Charlie Hemphrey||Adam Rossington|
|Michael Hogan||Jason Holder|
|Marcus Labuschagne||Luke Procter|
|David Llyod||Luke Wood|
|Billy Root||Nathan Buck|
|Nick Selman||Ben Sanderson|
|Timm Van Der Gugten||Blessing Muzarabani|
|Graham Wagg||Richard Levi|
Gloucestershire vs. Derbyshire at Bristol County Ground, Bristol | Gloucestershire play their opening fixture at home starting today. They take on Derbyshire who are high with confidence having won their first game. They are just 2 points away from table topper, Leicestershire.
Chris Dent will lead Gloucestershire who announced their 13-member squad ahead of the game. Derbyshire make no changes to their squad from the opening day game. Sam Conners could still be waiting for his time at the middle.
When you lose a couple of players, a club like us probably isn’t going to jump straight to the top of the table, but I would hope we can go better than last year and be in contention.”
|Chris Dent||Luis Reece|
|Miles Hammond||Billy Godleman|
|James Bracey||Wayne Madsen|
|George Hankins||Tom Lace|
|Gareth Roderick||Alex Hughes|
|Jack Taylor||Harvey Hosein|
|Benny Howell||Matt Critchley|
|Ryan Higgins||Anuj Dal|
|Gareme van Buuren||Logan van Beek|
|Matt Taylor||Tony Palladino|
|Harry Hankins||Ravi Rampaul|
|Josh Shaw||Sam Conners|
Leicestershire vs. Worcestershire at The Fischer County Ground, Grace Road, Leicester | Having won an away game and leading the points table, Leicestershire will be happy to be back home. They have 21 points in the kitty as they invite Worcestershire, playing their first game of the season. They made no changes to the 13-member squad from the opening game.
Worcestershire are yet to announce their squad for their campaign starting fixture on the road. Ben Coax will lead the side, in the absence of Joe Leach, that is looking to regain their lost position from Division One.
Middlesex vs. Lancashire at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London | Dawid Malan’s incredible unbeaten 160 runs innings against Northamptonshire to pull the team out of the ditch after enforced follow-on, will be great motivation booster for the side. Now they host Lancashire at Lord’s. Stuart Law will make his debut as the head coach of Middlesex. All 14-members from the opening game are included in the squad.
Lancashire would love to kick off the proceedings with three positions available to move to Division One. Glen Maxwell would like to make the most of this opportunity having decided to opt out of IPL this season. Dane Vilas will lead the side that could lose so much to international cricket in the months to come.
|Dawid Malan||Dane Vilas|
|Stephen Eskinazi||James Anderson|
|Steven Finn||Tom Bailey|
|Nick Gubbins||John Bohannon|
|James Harris||Alex Davies|
|Tom Helm||Mark Footitt|
|Max Holden||Brooke Guest|
|Eoin Morgan||Haseeb Hameed|
|Tim Murtagh||Rob Jones|
|Sam Robson||Keaton Jennings|
|Toby Roland-Jones||Glenn Maxwell|
|John Simpson||Graham Onions|
|Nathan Sowter||Stephen Parry|
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