Kent travel to Essex on Tuesday as their neighbours bid to beat Kent at home for the first time in 20 years.
Jimmy Adams’ 13-man squad travels to Chelmsford with England spinner James Tredwell returning to the four-day ranks after a loan spell at Sussex for first-class games.
Calum Haggett is hoping to return from an ankle injury but paceman Robbie Joseph is sidelined with a back strain.
Squad: Rob Key (captain), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Claydon, Calum Haggett, Ben Harmison, Matt Hunn, Brendan Nash, Sam Northeast, Adam Riley, Darren Stevens, Ivan Thomas, James Tredwell.
Kent are unbeaten in their last nine visits to Chelmsford (five wins, four draws).
Since 1890, Kent have played Essex 20 times at The County Ground in Chelmsford – winning four, losing six and drawing 10. For Martin Moseling's full list of results, click here.
The fixture is notable as the only time a batsman has made a double century in each inning of a first-class game. For more details, read David Robertson's history of the local rivalry.
Kent must win to share the Mike Denness Shield, the first of an annual competition between the two counties in honour of the former Kent and Essex player.
The Scotsman played for Essex after a golden 1970s spell as Kent captain which included six domestic titles and being named a Wisden Cricketer of The Year in 1975.
Essex lead 3-1 after a LV= Championship draw at Canterbury and Natwest T20 Blast wins home and away this season.
Championship games are worth two points so a Kent win would mean the clubs finish all square and share the shield.
Essex medium-fast bowler Jamie Porter could make his first-class debut after the 21-year-old impressed in the 2nd XI and injuries to Reece Topley and Tymal Mills.
Essex squad: James Foster (c/w), Ravi Bopara, Nick Browne, David Masters, Jaik Mickleburgh, Graham Napier, Monty Panesar, Jamie Porter, Jesse Ryder, Greg Smith, Ryan ten Doeschate, Kishen Velani, Tom Westley.
Play starts at 10.30am on all four days.