Hampshire have been setting the early season pace with 81 points in 5 games. Somerset close behind them with a game in hand on 74 points. I believe that it will be a close race between these two teams Somerset are playing Surrey at the moment and if they win that will go first. A bottom of the table clash is going on between Warickshire on 31 points and Nottinghnam on 23 points. Notts are currently 116-1 and they need 178 runs to get to safety. If Notts lose this then it will be a big setback. There’s 3 batsmen who are putting there hand up for England with some very good early season form. Gary Ballance, Dominic Sibley and George Bartlett. Ballance with 4 hundreds already this season has already been picked for England before. The question is will England go back to him after failing before. Unfortunatley he may be rememberd as a county bully. Dominic Sibley has been in good form being very consistent with 2 hundreds and a fifty. His strike rate of 37.60 may detour England from selecting him. Especially With England’s modern way. Finally one for the future Bartlett. His two hundreds coming against attacks with Broad and Morkel. Furthermore last year he scored a hundred at old trafford against Jimmy Anderson. If England are picking on character I feel they need to get him into there plans. I’m not saying that they should nessecelary pick him for the ashes but get him into a lions team. now for some stand out bowlers so far Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach and Craig Overton. Lets start with Gregory his wickets and runs have gone a long way to making somerset at the right end of the championship. I believe he should be in the England team ahead of Sam Curran. In addition to his bowling he provides quick runs for example against Notts he took on Stuart Broad hitting Broad for two sixes and getting a 50. Furthermore he can play a proper innings hitting a match altering 100 vs surreys attack. Jack Leach he has only played 4 games but when he has played he has contributed and one the game against notts. His 6-36 on a good pitch showed why he should be Englands only spinner in the ashes. I really do not not know why he did not play in the west Indies. Craig Overton for me he should be in the England team ahead of Stuart Broad. His 18 wickets coming at under 19. The last time he played for England he did well and now I feel he could do it again vs Australia. I believe that somerset will win the championship and Notts will go down.