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Match Preview: Warwickshire v Hampshire - Specsavers County Championship

Hampshire travel to Birmingham to take on Warwickshire as the Specsavers County Championship returns

After a month-long break from red-ball cricket which has seen Hampshire secure a place in the Royal London One-Day Cup final, Specsavers County Championship action returns this week as Sam Northeast’s side head to Edgbaston to take on Warwickshire.

Hampshire Squad:

A 13-man squad has been named for the trip to Birmingham, with Oli Soames, Aneurin Donald, Ian Holland and Mason Crane all included alongside 10 of the final XI that featured against Yorkshire at the Ageas Bowl in April.

James Vince is unavailable for selection due to his international commitments with England. Sam Northeast replaces him as skipper, with the 29-year-old hoping to continue his excellent start to the red-ball campaign, after totalling 268 runs at an average of 89.33 in the first two fixtures this season.

The Opposition:

Warwickshire earned promotion back to the top tier of the Specsavers County Championship last season and will be searching for their first victory of the competition against Hampshire after coming up short against fellow 2018 promoted side Kent in their one and only four-day fixture so far.

Dom Sibley and Tim Ambrose both struck centuries in their side’s curtain-raiser and will be looking to add to their tally this week, whilst experienced captain Jeetan Patel will be a threat with the ball should the wicket be conducive to spin.

Full Hampshire Squad:

Kyle Abbott (11)

Sam Northeast (17) Captain

Oli Soames (27)

Rilee Rossouw (30)

Liam Dawson (8)

Joe Weatherley (5)

Gareth Berg (13)

Fidel Edwards (20)

Ian Holland (22)

Aneurin Donald (12)

Keith Barker (10)

Mason Crane (32)

Tom Alsop (9)

 

Coverage:

Ball-by-ball coverage and match highlights will be available via the Hampshire Cricket App and at ageasbowl.com/cricket.

There will be ball-by-ball commentary available on BBC Radio Solent online at bbc.co.uk.

Weather Forecast:

Please follow the link for the latest weather forecast for Edgbaston: http://ow.ly/xFEz30oIJFk

Tickets:

Tickets for all four days of Hampshire’s match at Edgbaston can be purchased online via the Warwickshire website: https://warwickshireccc.com/

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