County preview April 26, 2005

Matthew Maynard will miss Surrey clash

A round-up of all the team news ahead of the latest Championship matches

Division One

Glamorgan v Surrey at Cardiff
Matthew Maynard has been ruled out of Glamorgan's match against Surrey at Sophia Gardens with bronchitis. He could be sidelined for up to a month. Jonathan Hughes has taken his place at No 5. Surrey are struggling with injuries to their bowling attack: Martin Bicknell has a hamstring strain, Azhar Mahmood is suffering from shin problems and Ian Salisbury has a torn left abdominal muscle.

Gloucestershire v Kent at Bristol
Upul Chandana could make his first-class debut for Gloucestershire when Kent head to Bristol. Carl Greenidge is also in contention for a place. Martin Saggers is set to return for Kent after missing the tense draw against Warwickshire, while they may also spring a surprise after including Johan Malcolm, an offspinner who will play for Denmark in the ICC Trophy, in their squad. Simon Willis, Kent's coach, says he wants all bases covered.

Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Trent Bridge
Johannes van der Wath, the Eagles' fast-medium opening bowler, is set to make his debut for Sussex against Nottinghamshire. He has been signed as a replacement for Pakistan's Rana Naved-ul-Hasan until the middle of June. Sussex are unbeaten in the last ten first-class matches between the two sides. Nottinghamshire are still without Charlie Shreck (stress fracture) and AJ Harris (groin strain) while Anurag Singh is preferred to Russell Warren.

Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston
Scott Styris will make his first-class debut for Middlesex when they travel to Edgbaston. Styris appeared in Middlesex's National League 69-run defeat against Lancashire at the weekend after recovering from knee surgery. The left-arm spinner Chris Peploe has been added to the 13-man squad, but a final decision on the team will not be taken until the pitch has been inspected. The South African fast bowler Dewald Pretorius could play for Warwickshire after recovering from a thigh injury.

Division Two

Derbyshire v Northamptonshire at Derby
The Derbyshire coach David Houghton has a full squad to choose from, while Northamptonshire report no fresh injury concerns. The match looks set to be a battle of the seamers with both teams having four-strong pace attacks.

Somerset v Essex at Taunton
Marcus Trescothick will return to action after leaving Somerset's game against Yorkshire early to attend the birth of his baby daughter. However, he may bat at No 3 to allow John Francis, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 125 against Yorkshire, to open with Sanath Jayasuriya. James Middlebrook returns to Essex's squad after recovering from an ankle problem.

Worcestershire v Lancashire at Worcester
Andrew Flintoff will play his first Championship match for nearly two years when Lancashire travel to New Road, although he will play as a batsman only as he continues to recover from an operation on a bone spur. Muttiah Muralitharan could also play and a final decision on the make-up of the Lancashire attack will be made in the morning. Worcestershire a boosted by the return of Kabir Ali while Alamgir Sheriyar continues his loan spell.

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