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June 7, 2005
Glamorgan v Kent at Cardiff
Glamorgan have recalled Darren Thomas as they continue to search for their first Championship win of the season. Thomas could replace David Harrison or Andrew Davies, after they have both suffered a loss of form. Kent have a full strength squad available, except for Geraint Jones who is with England.
Middlesex v Surrey at Lord's
Melvyn Betts is the only injury concern in Middlesex squad, with 19-year-old Chris Whelan on standby to be called in. Graham Thorpe returns for Surrey, after winning his 100th Test cap at Durham, and Dominic Thornley will make his Championship debut. Thornley, the New South Wales allrounder, has been signed as cover for Azhar Mahmood. Middlesex missed the last round of Championship matches, while Surrey were forced to settle for a draw against Warwickshire at Whitgift School, despite dominating the match.
Somerset v Worcestershire at Bath
Andrew Caddick and Richard Johnson return to bolster the Somerset seam attack while Matthew Wood replaces James Hildreth in the middle order. Worcestershire are without Vikram Solanki and Kabir Ali, who are with the England one-day squad, but welcome back Gareth Batty from Test duty. Nadeem Malik, the tall seam bowler, comes in for Kabir.
Yorkshire v Lancashire at Headingley
Matthew Hoggard has been passed fit for the first Roses clash of the season and takes his place in Yorkshire's 12-man squad. David Lucas, the left-arm seamer acquired from Nottinghamshire in the off-season, is also included. Lancashire will give a late fitness test to Muttiah Muralitharan after he sustained an injury during the National League game against Hampshire on Sunday. "It's a slight adductor strain," said Mike Watkinson, "We will see how he feels in the morning."
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