Glamorgan Cricket: County hit by Covid as Hundred players return

Glamorgan Cricket: County hit by Covid as Hundred players return

Glamorgan have lost five players to Covid self-isolation rules before re-starting the Championship at home to Essex.

James Weighell, Nick Selman, Joe Cooke, Tom Cullen and Andy Gorvin are all ruled out.

But Chris Cooke, David Lloyd, Dan Douthwaite, and Timm van der Gugten return after playing in the Hundred.

Test batsman Dan Lawrence is included in the Essex squad after being released by England.

The visitors also have Jamie Porter and Shane Snater available again after injuries.

The two sides have four matches left in division two, in a new format being trialled for the first time.

It is Glamorgan's first game since winning the One-Day Cup by beating Durham at Trent Bridge on Thursday, 19 August.

Reigning title holders Essex go into the final bloc of four matches with 19 points in the bag as the average of their two earlier group matches against Durham, while Glamorgan have 11.5 points from facing Northamptonshire.

New Zealand opener Hamish Rutherford, a former Essex player, will make his Championship debut for Glamorgan.

Steve Reingold could get a four-day debut after being drafted in as a late squad replacement for Joe Cooke, who was identified as a close contact later than the others.

Seamer Joe McIlroy appears in a senior squad for only the second time after suffering a stress fracture in the opening match of 2021 against Yorkshire.

It is the second virus-related absence this season for Selman, who contracted Covid-19 himself in June and could have challenged to regain his Championship place after impressive form in the One-Day Cup success.

Glamorgan (from): Rutherford, Lloyd, Reingold, Root, Carlson, C Cooke (c,wk), Douthwaite, Taylor, Salter, van der Gugten, Carey, Hogan, McIlroy.

Essex (from): A Cook, Rymell, Browne, Westley (c), Lawrence, Wheater (wk), Walter, Pepper, Harmer, Nijjar, Snater, S Cook, Porter, Allison.