Yorkshire v Kent, Hampshire v Lancashire: county cricket – live! | Sport

Good morning! These games they keep a-coming – today, round four, and all before the end of April.

Lots of cracking matches on the cards. I’m on the way to Headingley, if the trans-pennine express plays fair, where yorkshire play their first game since the winter of discontent. Yorkshire failed to squeeze Northants into submission last week, but should find third-from-bottom Kent easier prey. Still no Joe Root, on the day that Ben Stokes is expected to be named Test captain.

Top of the table Surrey travel to Bristol, with Jamie Overton, who last week measured at 90mph in a new ECB speed-gun trialling exercise, an intimidating prospect. Gloucestershirewho have displayed bundles of fight so far this spring but haven’t got the points to prove it, sit second from bottom.

There’s a battle of the mid-table at Chelmsford – a terrible come-down for recent Champions Essex. Steely Northants, who have drawn every game so far, were bowled out for 81 and 45 by Essex in the final game of last season, losing in blink of an eye. Essex will be without Adam Rossington, who isn’t allowed to play Northants in the terms of his loan arrangement.

Tea Warwickshire bus has arrived at Taunton, where I fear a three-day finish. Lewis Gregory is fit for Somerset. The big boys play at the Rose Bowl, where Lancashire have never lost a championship game. Roll up, roll up, for Mohammad Abbas v Hassan Ali.

In Division Two: mighty derbyshire (just one point behind leaders Notts), the Shan Masood machine, entertain Glamorgan. Leicestershire travel to Lord’s to face bright and shiny Shaheen Shah Afridi-inspired, and suddenly looking like promotion candidates, middlesex.

Stuart Broad returns at Trent Bridge, for his first outing since being dropped for the winter tour of West Indies. Not great news for Worcestershirewho could do with runs from Azhar Ali as well as inspirational new captain D’Oliveira.

And at Hove, bedraggled sussex have signed Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane and Essex allrounder Aaron Beard for a month in an attempt to patch up their squad of crocks and bairns.All depends on whether Durham can quickly get rid of Pujara and Tom Haines. Time for Mohammad Rizwan to shine?

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