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Eighteen-year-old Sam Kelsall will open the batting for Nottinghamshire against LV=CC leaders Durham in the absence of Alex Hales

Karl Turner and Sam Kelsall will open the batting for Nottinghamshire in their LV= County Championship clash against Division One leaders Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Turner, named in the 2010 champions' squad to face Lancashire last week, will make his Nottinghamshire four-day debut in place of Neil Edwards, who has struggled for form.

Kelsall, fresh from his spell with the England Under-19's, is also set for his first-class debut and replaces Alex Hales, who is one of a number of county players on duty with England Lions this week.

"Karl was considered for the Lancashire match but now he has an opportunity which he'll be keen to take given his history with Durham," said Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell on their official website.

"Neil hasn't contributed enough at the top of the order and he knows that he has to score a high volume of runs in the second XI and find some confidence.

"We've monitored Sam Kelsall for a long time and we feel that he will be most effective in four-day cricket and he would have played before now had it not been for his inclusion in the England Under 19s squad."

Nottinghamshire are lacking Samit Patel’s all-round game but Paul Franks returns from illness.

Durham are without Scott Borthwick, while all-rounder Ben Stokes is once again available after recovering from a dislocated finger.

Gareth Breese is named in Geoff Cook’s squad, as is untried academy product Mark Wood.

Yorkshire are missing Jonathan Bairstow and Joe Root for their crucial bottom-of-the-table match against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Despite the loss of two key batsmen, the White Rose have experienced replacements in opening batsman Joe Sayers and wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy, who both return to the side after a lengthy absence from four-day cricket.

Adam Lyth is also back in the squad after being dropped for the narrow defeat to Lancashire.

Jacques Rudolph will make his second championship appearance since his return to Yorkshire for the rest of the season, while David Wainwright is included in Andrew Gale’s travelling party and may feature if Yorkshire adopt two spinners in Southampton.

David Griffiths

David Griffiths is unavailable for Hampshire as they search for their first Division One win of the campaign against Yorkshire tomorrow

Hampshire, still looking for their first four-day win of the season, are without the injured David Griffths for the crucial clash.

Griffiths, fresh from signing a new two-year contract extension at the Rose Bowl, has missed Hampshire’s last two Clydesdale Bank 40 matches against Warwickshire and Leicestershire respectively.

Chris Wood, who has impressed during the 40-over format, James Tomlinson, and Kabir Ali are all vying to replace the seamer.

Jos Buttler returns to the Somerset side for the arrival of Sussex at Taunton.

Buttler replaces Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps as Somerset looked to continue their title charge.

All-rounder Luke Wright is still absent for Sussex as they look for a response after an innings and 43-run hammering by Warwickshire in their last championship outing.

In Division Two, Essex, having won three consecutive championship games, are boosted by the return of captain James Foster for the trip to the SWALEC Stadium to face Glamorgan.

Foster missed the emphatic victory over Leicestershire last week but has recovered from an ankle injury and will replace Ravi Bopara.

Essex are also without batsman Matt Walker through a viral infection, while all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate is taking a two-week break from cricket.

After hammering leaders Northamptonshire and beating Leicestershire twice, Essex are back in the hunt for promotion, much to the delight of head coach Paul Grayson.

“I’ve been delighted with our form in four-day cricket recently and we just have to keep maintaining our form in championship cricket and hope that if the opportunity does come our way to close the gap on the leaders, then we can capitalise,” he said.

Glamorgan are depleted due to the loss of James Harris but have included Will Owen and Chris Ashling to their squad.

Struggling Leicestershire are without the influential James Taylor, who will captain the Lions, for the visit of Kent at Grace Road, while 40-year-old Paul Nixon is set to play his final first-class game after announcing his retirement.

Kent will be hoping to put an end to three straight championship defeats.

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