MINOR COUNTIES Cornwall depleted against champions

Defending champions Berkshire will face a severely-depleted Cornwall side at St Austell as the leaders attempt to make it five straight wins this season in the Minor Counties Championship Western Division.

The match clashes with the regional final of the ECB Vitality Club T20 Blast which means that six players from Penzance, who normally form the nucleus of Cornwall’s side, are unavailable.

The absentees include player/coach Greg Smith and former Leicestershire all-rounder Tom Wells. To compound Cornwall’s selection problems, in-form batsman Matt Robins is unavailable, seamer Tom Dinnis is injured and batsman Lewis Goldsworthy is required by Somerset.

Andrew Libby will captain Cornwall for the first time with Aidan Libby of Callington and brothers Toby and Ellis Whitehouse of Redruth called up for their county debuts.

Berkshire, 17 points clear of and seeking a fourth consecutive Minor Counties Championship, welcome back wicketkeeper/batsman Jack Davies from county duty with Middlesex, along with seamer Tom Nugent.

Second-placed Oxfordshire face Devon at Sidmouth with batsman George Sandbach (Oxford Downs), all-rounder Ollie Price (Oxford) and seamers Joe Butcher (Abingdon Vale) and Russell White (Buckingham Town) returning. Freddie Smith and Jordan Garrett are unavailable and Rob Keat and Harvey Eltham drop out of the side that defeated Herefordshire two weeks ago.

Devon include Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego for his second Championship appearance of the season with locum professional Wayne White away on holiday.

Alex Barrow, the former Somerset batsman, returns to captain Devon with seamer Dan Goodey fit-again from the injury that ruled him out of the defeat by Cheshire.

Cheshire face Shropshire in a Western Division local derby at Nantwich where Will Evans returns in the host’s middle order in place of Jamie Crawley.

Shropshire welcome back all-rounder Ross Aucott from injury and recall Simon Gregory and Ben Roberts in place of the unavailable Will Parton, the injured Jack Twigger and Ryan Lockley.

Wales travel to North Perrott to play Dorset with two Glamorgan Academy youngsters – Harry Friend and Ben Kellaway – in line to make their county debuts. All-rounder Kellaway played for the South West at the recent ECB Bunbury Festival and has played for Wales Under-15s and Under-17s this season.

Neath wicketkeeper Chris Matthews returns for Wales in place of the unavailable Cameron Herring.

Wiltshire have batsman Uzair Qureshi and former England Under-19 seamer Arthur Godsal back in Championship action for their trip to Brockhampton to face bottom-of-the-table Herefordshire.

Herefordshire will give a three-day debut to batsman Alex Hinkley who played for them in T20 cricket earlier in the season. Kieran Smith returns with Alex Russell and Shameer Ahmed dropping out from the side beaten by Oxfordshire.

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