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Glen Chapple

Lancashire's t20 disappointment will have no bearing on their LV= County Championship title challenge, according to Glen Chapple

Captain Glen Chapple is adamant Lancashire will not be affected by their agonising Friends Life t20 semi-final defeat when they resume their push for the LV= County Championship title.

The Red Rose, who hold a three-point lead over Warwickshire at the top of Division One with three games remaining and meet struggling Worcestershire tomorrow, were one of two teams to suffer heartbreak in a one-over eliminator on t20 finals day at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Lancashire were beaten by eventual winners Leicestershire, having seemingly been on course for victory before rain interrupted their run-chase.

However, Chapple insisted: “This will have no impact on the rest of the season, absolutely not.

“We wanted to win because the lads have invested 17 games getting here and have played really good cricket.

“But in terms of lifting themselves for the four-day cricket, that will not be a problem because we’ve got three games to go with a great chance of coming out on top.

Warwickshire will be without England pair Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell when they entertain relegation-threatened Yorkshire at Edgbaston.

Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick is unlikely to feature in Somerset's meeting with Hampshire after injuring an ankle in the CB40 yesterday

Both made a limited impact in yesterday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat by Northamptonshire, and will now join up with the England squad ahead of the NatWest Series against India starting on Saturday.

Yorkshire will be led by Joe Sayers in the continued absence of Andrew Gale, while Adam Lyth covers for Jacques Rudolph, who is at a South Africa training camp.

Somerset - beaten t20 finalists for the third year in succession - look set to be without their skipper, Marcus Trescothick, when they host relegation-threatened Hampshire at Taunton - and possibly for the rest of the season.

Trescothick, comfortably the most prolific scorer in domestic cricket this year, suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury in yesterday’s CB40 victory over Essex and was later seen on crutches.

Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose said: “Marcus will have a scan (on Tuesday) and we will know more when we get the results.

"As things stand, he will probably miss the Hampshire game and I would think the best scenario is that he will be out for a week or so. If there is bad news from the scan his season could be over.”

In the continued absence of Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler on England duty, Steve Snell, the former Gloucestershire wicketkeeper signed by Somerset on a short-term deal, is likely to don the gloves again after making his debut at the weekend.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior, available for county duty after England commitments, is a welcome addition to the Sussex side that entertains Durham at the PROBIZ County Ground

Jimmy Adams returns to championship duty for Hampshire after missing last week’s rain-affected draw with Worcestershire, while Hamza Riazuddin features in the squad for the first time this season.

Durham, who sit 10 points behind Lancashire having played a game more, travel to the PROBIZ County Ground to face Sussex, for whom wicketkeeper Matt Prior is available after England commitments. He will play as a specialist batsman.

Division Two leaders Northants head into their clash with Surrey knowing victory at Wantage Road will secure promotion.

Boasting a 22-point lead over second-placed Middlesex and a 41-point cushion over Surrey in third, Northants will be keen to book their place in the top flight with a game to spare – and in front of their own fans.

However, they have fitness concerns over Rob Newton, a centurion in last week's draw with Middlesex but unable to bat in the CB40 after injuring an arm in the field.

George Edwards, a 19-year-old seamer, could make his championship debut for Surrey after being named in a 13-strong squad that is missing shin injury victim Matthew Dunn. Indian slow left-armer Pragyan Ojha is preferred as overseas player to Yasir Arafat.

Gloucestershire, who, along with Surrey harbour the most realistic hopes of forcing their way into the promotion picture, meet Glamorgan at Bristol.

Canterbury is the venue for Kent's game against Essex, who are hopeful Ryan ten Doeschate recovers from the blow he took to the hand on CB40 duty at Taunton yesterday.

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