Mascarenhas boost for Hampshire
Hampshire all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas is set to return from an Achilles injury that has kept him out for almost a year in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B game against Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG.
The former captain, who has impressed for the second XI of late, suffered the injury at the 2010 Indian Premier League and his only senior appearance since was in last season's Friends Provident t20.
He is joined by seamers Simon Jones and Chris Wood, wicketkeeper Michael Bates and all-rounder Benny Howell, with Nic Pothas, Johann Myburgh, Kabir Ali and David Griffiths making way following their LV= County Championship draw with Yorkshire this week.
Hamshire are without leg-spinner Imran Tahir and seamer David Balcombe due to thumb and back injuries respectively. Michael Carberry continues his recovery from a blood clot on the lung and fellow batsman Michael Lumb is at the IPL.
Durham still have a long list of injury concerns. Seamers Steve Harmison (broken forearm), Liam Plunkett (torn quad) and Mark Davies (fractured foot) remain sidelined, along with England all-rounder Paul Collingwood and batsman Mark Stoneman, who are recovering from knee surgery and a broken hand respectively.
To that can be added all-rounder Ian Blackwell, who complained of back spasms during this week's championship draw with Somerset.
Graham Onions will feature against Hampshire but miss Monday's trip to Scotland as he prepares for England Lions duty against Sri Lanka next week. Mark Wood takes his place.
Scotland welcome back overseas player Luke Butterworth for the visit of Surrey and Warwickshire to the Grange tomorrow and Monday respectively.
The Australian all-rounder has been out for a couple of weeks with a fractured toe sustained against Durham in Scotland’s opening match, although it did not stop him playing the next day versus Leicestershire.
Besides Butterworth, experienced batsmen Fraser Watts and Neil McCallum return. Watts has recovered from hip surgery while McCallum had personal commitments, which prevented him playing in the previous games. Ewan Chalmers, who is preparing for his finals at St Andrews University, and Oliver Hairs make way.
Surrey have named an unchanged squad from victory over Leicestershire last Sunday. That means they are without Kevin Pietersen, who made his comeback from hernia surgery against Cambridge MCCU this week, and fellow England international Chris Tremlett.
Batsman Mark Ramprakash is rested as he continues to make his way back from winter knee surgery.
Warwickshire welcome back captain Jim Troughton from a shoulder injury but are without England batsmen Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott versus Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Troughton has been out since the win over Scotland on May 2, missing the championship games against Lancashire and Worcestershire plus the CB40 defeat to Northamptonshire between.
Warwickshire are still without all-rounder Neil Carter and spinner Ant Botha due to a stress fracture of the pelvis and knee injury respectively.
England seamer Tim Bresnan is a doubt for Yorkshire’s Group A game against Kent at Headingley Carnegie, having aggravated a calf injury today versus Hampshire in the championship.
Gerard Brophy is also a concern after he sustained bruising around his thumb today.
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent could make his Sussex debut against Derbyshire at the PROBIZ County Ground following his registration process.
The 32-year-old, who played 23 Tests and 102 one-day internationals between 2001 and 2007, has been waiting to be granted a British passport.
He is joined in the squad by England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior, and off-spinner Ollie Rayner, back from a loan spell at Middlesex.
Nottinghamshire have recalled batsman Ali Brown and seamer Darren Pattinson, who has recovered from a hamstring problem, for their Group C clash with the Unicorns at Wormsley.
However, they are without England bowlers Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, who both played in this week’s championship defeat at Sussex.
Alex Hales, Neil Edwards and Graeme White are out with a broken jaw, arm and finger respectively.
Gloucestershire are missing seamers Jon Lewis and Liam Norwell as they take on Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.
Lewis is having treatment for a bruised heel and Norwell has a thigh strain.
Glamorgan have called up second team batsman Nick James, who scored 234 against Hampshire in the Second XI Championship this week.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter is set to miss Somerset’s clash with Lancashire at Taunton due to the thigh injury that kept him out of this week’s championship draw with Durham.
Kyle Hogg is in line to make his first appearance of the season, having recovered from thigh and ankle injuries. Fellow all-rounder Farveez Maharoof is playing for the Sri Lankans against Middlesex.