So we had England openers Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton opening the batting for Somerset, facing England Lions and ODI regulars Stuart Meaker and Jade Dernbach for Surrey having seen Ashes hero Chris Tremlett rested; the bowling side captained by South Africa captain Graeme Smith. In the slip cordon we had England ODI capped Steve Davis as ‘keeper next to former England Test batsman Vikram Solanki and promising opening bat Rory Burns. After Dernbach bowled Compton with a fine yorker in a decent opening spell, in came South African Test batsman Alviro Petersen to consolidate for Somerset. When England capped off spinner Gareth Batty had Trescothick trapped in front, in came England Lions captain James Hildreth. Next in is ODI keeper Craig Kieswetter, followed by ODI capped Jos Buttler and the explosive Peter Trego. Future England all-rounder Jamie Overton is in the side unlike his brother Craig who also has a great long term shot at international recognition.
Just sometimes, the County Championship has some real quality lurking within, and although the headline writers seem to prefer it when it snows, even the Sun is shining on the Oval today.