12th man: Chris Schofield/Tom Jewell
The batting lineup and selection is of course my own estimation. There is no Younis Khan as yet, and it looks increasingly likely that he will play very little part in our Championship campaign with only two further games between now and the end of his contract, which is frustrating. It is disappointing to see Adams drop Evans after only one match. Ok he was poor against Middlesex in a lineup that scored 500 in the first innings, but I thought his runs in the second XI showed he warranted at least a couple of goes. It also means Spriegel is likely to return to the top, unless they go back to opening with Batty, neither of those options is desirable.
Meaker is still injured and I personally don't think Schofield is as effective in four day cricket as he showed himself to be in limited overs at the weekend. I suspect when push comes to shove Adams will actually pick Schofield in Meaker's continued absence through a foot injury. Jewell has scored plenty of runs in the seconds but he's in the squad as a bowler, I'd like to see Matt Dunn given a go, but that doesn't seem likely.
The fact that we're a batsman light persists which is another reason why Adams might go with Schofield because of his batting ability. Hopefully Nel, Tremlett (heartening to see him play so much!) and Dernbach can continue their excellent work of today and the spinners won't have much work to do anyway. Northamptonshire are a dangerous side, they beat Sussex by three wickets in the CC last week (their third win in 6 games) so have plenty of ability.
The results from Friday and today should give the Surrey players bags of confidence, not to mention the performance against Middlesex, so here's hoping they can carry that on and pick up a win - Northants are after all the only side we've beaten in the last 37 Championship matches!