Rain again played havoc with what should have been the second day of matches in the sixth round of the LV= County Championship. Hampshire, Derbyshire, Sussex and Lancashire are still yet to get their matches underway, while there was no play on day two at Durham, where the hosts are taking on Somerset, or at Grace Road, where Northamptonshire are taking on Leicestershire.
Nottinghamshire made the most of the clear weather at Trent Bridge to collect maximum batting bonus points against Middlesex. Their last five matches had yielded just a single point, but they put that behind them with a dominant display which was led by Michael Lumb’s 162 and helped by Steven Mullaney, who made 60. When Middlesex’s turn came to bat, they lost Andrew Strauss to Harry Gurney almost immediately and lost two further wickets before the close, both to Andre Adams, to end on 51 for three.
Worcestershire were all out for 285 on the second day at New Road against Surrey. Vikram Solanki (42) and Moeen Ali (61) put on 102 for the third wicket after the early loss of both openers to Tim Linley (four for 78), while James Cameron also passed 50. Jon Lewis helped wrap up the tail to end with three for 79, and there was a wicket apiece for debutant George Edwards and spinner Gareth Batty.
In Division Two, Kent managed just 10 balls before trudging of in the drizzle at Chelmsford as they advanced from 17 for five to 24 for five against Essex.
Gloucestershire and Yorkshire finally got underway at Bristol, with the home side emerging with the honours by closing on 165 for two after being invited to bat. They lost the in-form Benny Howells early on to Tim Bresnan for four, but Chris Dent and Kane Williamson (89 not out) put on 146 for the second wicket, before Dent fell just prior to stumps for 62.
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Somerset at Chester-le-Street
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Middlesex at Trent Bridge
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Lancashire at Hove
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Surrey at New Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Kent at Chelmsford
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Yorkshire at Bristol
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Derbyshire at The Ageas Bowl
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Northamptonshire at Grace Road
Day Two, Tour Match, England Lions v West Indians at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow should be almost exclusively dry for the matches in the midlands and the south, although the fixture in Durham may suffer thanks to a band of persistent rain across the north of the country. The best of the sunshine will be found in the south and west where temperatures could reach up to 15 degrees Celsius. Saturday is expected to be even better with sunshine expected for most of England.
County News In Brief:
Mitchell Johnson’s call-up to Australia’s One-Day International squad for this summer’s series against England has put pay to his anticipated stint as one of Durham’s overseas players in the Friends Life t20.
Glamorgan all-rounder Graham Wagg has been ruled out for up to three months with an ankle injury which he picked up during last week’s match against Essex.
Kent coach Jimmy Adams has said that the club are unlikely to sign a second overseas player to partner Brendan Nash for next month’s Friends Life t20 competition, with a lack of affordable options the primary reason for the decision.
Junaid Khan’s overseas stint with Lancashire is now unlikely, or will at least be considerably shorter than was originally planned, following the news that he has been called up to Pakistan’s Test squad for their tour of Sri Lanka next month. Their other signing, Yasir Arafat, was named in the Twenty20 International squad, but that series does not clash with the Friends Life t20 for which he was signed so he should still be available.
Yorkshire’s Mitchell Starc saga has added another twist with the news that the left-armer will miss at least three Championship matches in July and August after being selected in the Australia A squad which tours the UK later this summer.
Durham seamer Callum Thorp has received a reprimand from the ECB for a Level One breach of the disciplinary code.
Middlesex have signed Sri Lankan fast-bowler Lasith Malinga as their overseas player for the Friends Life t20. He will miss the first three matches of the campaign as he is on international duty.
Sussex CCC are to hold a kit collection for the The Lords Taverners LV= SOS Kit Aid ahead of the third day of their match against Lancashire tomorrow. Anyone who brings along a piece of unwanted cricket or rugby kit will be admitted at half price.
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