Compton eyes 1,000-run landmark
Nick Compton will aim to become the first man in 24 years to reach 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May when Somerset take on Worcestershire at New Road in the LV= County Championship, starting from tomorrow.
Compton has compiled 941 runs in 12 innings this summer and has the first two days of this week's match to score the 59 he needs to emulate Graeme Hick, who achieved the feat at Worcestershire's home ground in 1988.
Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick, the quickest to 1,000 first-class runs last summer, is hoping his team-mate can reach the landmark.
Trescothick, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, told ecb.co.uk: “If he gets the process right and bats well, then he has got a chance.
“It’s a tough challenge for him, nothing comes easy. He can’t expect to walk out in his next go and get a hundred. I think he’s got to work hard.”
Asked about his own fitness, the former England opener added: “It’s coming on, I’ve still got a big boot on at the moment. I’ve got a few weeks of this and then we’ll see what happens after that.
“I couldn’t give you a time but it’s going to be a while yet. I’m not sure exactly when it is. I think once I get the boot off and start doing some rehab, then it will be a little bit easier to know.”
Durham and Lancashire meet at the Emirates Durham ICG, with both teams still looking to secure a first win of the season.
The hosts welcome back Dale Benkenstein, who has recovered from a shoulder injury, and England seamer Graham Onions, while Lancashire are once again without all-rounder Tom Smith.
Despite suffering defeat against LV= County Championship leaders Nottinghamshire last time out, Sussex have named an unchanged side for the trip to Middlesex, who can call upon Steven Finn and the fit-again Toby Roland-Jones.
Matt Lineker is set to open the batting for Division Two leaders Derbyshire when they take on Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Lineker has been called up in place of Paul Borrington, having scored back-to-back hundreds in the second XI. In addition, Derbyshire have recalled Mark Turner to their squad.
Adil Rashid has been dropped from Yorkshire’s squad for the visit of Northamptonshire, with fellow slow bowler Azeem Rafiq taking his place.
Leg-spinning all-rounder Rashid, capped in 10 limited-overs internationals for England, has mustered just nine wickets, at 49, and 92 runs in six championship outings this summer.
Australia seamer Mitchell Starc is in line to make his four-day debut for the White Rose and Richard Pyrah is available once again after breaking his left hand against Kent on the opening week of the season.
Yorkshire can also call upon wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who returns from England Test duty, while young seamer Moin Ashraf could feature after impressing in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
Northants are without David Sales after the experienced batsman picked up a hamstring injury in last week’s victory over Gloucestershire. Rob White comes in for the first time this season.
Chaminda Vaas and Jack Brooks are not quite ready to return, so teenage seamer Ollie Stone could make championship debut.