County Championship Round of Matches starting on Monday- Preview


Monday will see the start of another round of LV=Insurance County Championship matches, after a week of Blast knock out stages of the competition it is back to the red ball version of the game.

In Division One leaders Surrey make the long trip to face Yorkshire at Scarborough. Yorkshire will be buoyed by their last match against Surrey where they defeated the London side in a thriller at the Kia Oval by one wicket on Wednesday in the Blast.

Surrey currently sits at the top of the table with a healthy sixteen-point lead over Hampshire and are unbeaten so far this season having won four and drawn their other four matches in the championship.

Yorkshire, currently find themselves in mid table with just one win to their name, four drawn matches and one defeat.

The home side will be playing at the lovely festival ground of Scarborough and will also have recent signing West Indian Shannon Gabriel available for the match after completing a short-term deal with the side to feature in three championship matches.

Second placed Hampshire will face Warwickshire at the Ageas Bowl, knowing that if Surrey slip up, they could take advantage to cut the gap at the top.

Hampshire have won five of their eight games played so far, with two defeats to their name.

Warwickshire, like Yorkshire find themselves in the middle of the table with just a single victory.

More festival cricket features on Monday when Lancashire welcome Somerset to Southport.

Lancashire sit in third, five points behind Hampshire and a further 21 points behind Surrey.

The home side have won three games so far, with four matches drawn and one loss. For Somerset, after a slow start to their campaign, they have won a couple of matches, but are currently struggling at the wrong end of the table.

At Chelmsford Essex are up against Gloucestershire, with the hosts looking for their fourth win of the campaign, having won three matches in the seven games played this season.

Gloucestershire will be looking to break their duck and register their first win of the season in the championship, having suffered five defeats thus far.

The final Division One match starting on Monday sees Kent up against Northamptonshire at Canterbury.

The hosts have won just once in their eight games played with the visitors still after their first championship win of the summer.

In Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire travel to Cardiff to face third placed Glamorgan.

Notts lead the division by 11 points from Middlesex having suffered only one loss in the championship with five wins.

Glamorgan are 23 points behind the leaders with four championship wins so far on what has been a productive time for the Welsh county.

Middlesex face Worcestershire at Merchant Taylors School, looking for their fifth win in the championship. The visitors sit fifth in the table with two championship wins out of eight matches played.

At Hove the bottom two sides in the championship face each other with Sussex up against Leicestershire.

Sussex have recorded only one championship win in which has so far been a disappointing championship campaign. Leicestershire are still rooted at the bottom of the table, 26 points adrift of Sussex, still looking for their first championship win of the season.

In the only other championship match starting next week, Durham face Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street, with the sides separated by just 13 points.

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