Hall to miss Essex Championship clash

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Andrew Hall will be absent from the Northamptonshire side to face Essex in tomorrow’s County Championship fixture at the County Ground.

The captain has suffered a calf injury, different to the one that ruled him out of the opening weeks of the season, and he is deemed unable to get through four days of cricket.

The same is true of Con de Lange who will miss the outing with a back injury and will be reassessed ahead of Sunday’s CB40 trip to Tunbridge Wells.

But there is better news with the return of both Chaminda Vaas and Jack Brooks who have recovered sufficiently from hip and back problems respectively.

And head coach David Capel is glad that his new ball pair are back.

He said: “It will be good to have them back becuase we’ve missed them as any side would with bowlers of that quality.

“They ran in well at practice and the combination of some rest and Sunday’s game being washed out had helped them for this game.”

Alex Wakely will captain the side in place of Hall and there is also a return for Ben Howgego who will open the batting alongside Stephen Peters with James Middlebrook dropping into the number six slot.

Capel added: “Ben hasn’t had much proper cricket with just a few Twenty20 games for the seconds last week but this is a good chance for him and he will bat in his specialist position which is where he should bat if he plays.”

Northants from: Peters, Howgego, Coetzer, Wakely, White, Middlebrook, Murphy, Willey, Daggett, Vaas, Brooks, Stone.