NCCA CRICKET MATTERS Trophy semi-final team news

Berkshire have named ten of the side that defeated Middlesex in last weekend’s Showcase match in their squad for today’s National Counties Trophy semi-final against Dorset at Finchampstead (1100). 

Slow left-armer Luke Beaven returns to the squad in place of batter Charlie Dunnett as Berkshire continue their quest for a hat-trick of titles in the 50-overs competition having defeated Cumbria in both the 2019 and 2021 finals. 

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NATIONAL COUNTIES Championship preview/team news

NCCA-Logo MasterWorcestershire left-arm seamer Ben Gibbon will make his first appearance of the season for Cheshire in their National Counties Championship Western Division One opener against defending champions Oxfordshire at Alderley Edge today. 

Gibbon’s last appearance for his native county also came at Alderley Edge last August when he took five wickets against Wiltshire, was recommended to Worcestershire who then invited him for trials before signing him. 

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NATIONAL COUNTIES TROPHY Down to the wire day

NCCA-Logo MasterFifteen sides will be battling for seven places in the National Counties Trophy quarter-finals in the final round of group matches today. 

Only Cambridgeshire, who sit out the final round, have already qualified for the knockout stages of the 50 overs competition leaving plenty of issues to be resolved elsewhere. 

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NATIONAL COUNTIES TROPHY Paul Bolton preview

NCCA-Logo MasterFormer Herefordshire batter Jamie Harrison is in line to make his debut for Oxfordshire in today’s National Counties Trophy match against Northumberland at Jesmond (all cricket today weather-permitting).

Harrison made his Herefordshire debut in 2017 but has not played for them since a three-day Championship match against Shropshire at Shifnal last summer. 

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NATIONAL COUNTIES TROPHY preview

NCCA-Logo MasterThe two most recent graduates from National Counties cricket to the first-class ranks will be back in NCCA Trophy action today. 

Batter Kashif Ali, who has just been signed by Worcestershire on a short-term contract to the end of the season, will play for Bedfordshire against Cornwall at Southill Park. 

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NATIONAL COUNTIES CRICKET Trophy round 2 preview

NCCA-Logo MasterNorthamptonshire batter Charlie Thurston is set to make his first appearance for Bedfordshire in five years in today’s National Counties Trophy group match against Devon at Exeter. 

Thurston, who has yet to appear for Northamptonshire this season, is not required by the senior county this weekend and so he is available for Bedfordshire, for whom he made his debut in 2014. 

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