County Cricket Round-Up - 11th August
Surrey completed their trip to Durham with a crushing defeat in the Clydesdale Bank 40 to follow on from their humiliating one earlier in the week in the LV= County Championship. Elsewhere, Northamptonshire took control over Leicestershire at Wantage Road and Sussex kept the upper hand over Middlesex at Hove.
Sussex earnt a 117-run first innings lead over Middlesex after being bowled out for 287 on day two at Hove. Michael Yardy took his overnight 24 to 89 before becoming one of six wickets for the increasingly impressive Toby Roland-Jones. Middlesex then closed on 92 for two in their second innings, with Sam Robson unbeaten on 24, having shared an opening stand of 72 with his captain Chris Rogers, who made 48.
In Division Two, Leicestershire took the last five Northamptonshire first innings wickets for the addition of just 99 runs this morning, but had slumped to 187 for six in their first innings by stumps. Ramnaresh Sarwan hit 59, but David Willey impressed and ended with figures of two for 50 from 17 overs.
Phil Mustard subjected Surrey to their second humiliating defeat inside three days with a superb innings of 143 off only 91 balls which allowed Durham to clinch an emphatic 142-run victory in Group B of the Clydesdale Bank 40. He shared an opening stand of 87 with Mark Stoneman (50 off 51 balls) and a second-wicket one of 119 with Ben Stokes (45 off 46) as he brought up his century of just 74 balls. Zander de Bruyn took five wickets for Surrey, four of them at the death, and Durham closed with a mammoth 298 for nine from their 40 overs. In reply, Surrey never got going and were all out for just 156, with Mark Wood impressing on his way to figures of three for 32.
There was more than a hint of going through the motions on the last day at Derby as the South Africans promoted Imran Tahir up to number five and declared their second innings on 168 for seven against Derbyshire. Mark Footitt took four wickets for the home side, while Vernon Philander found some form with the bat and ended with 68 not out. Earlier, Lonwabo Tsotsobe had taken four for 45 as the home side declared their first innings on 174 for nine – Ross Whiteley unbeaten on 51.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (all CB40 matches start at 1245 GMT)
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Middlesex at Hove
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Wantage Road
Group A, CB40, Lancashire v Netherlands at Old Trafford
This is a crucial match in terms of qualification for Group A, with Lancashire having named a strong side with Glen Chapple as captain and Sajid Mahmood included. Daan van Bunge is back in the visitors’ 12-man squad, but Sebastiaan Bratt misses out with a broken finger.
Group B, CB40, Durham v Glamorgan at Chester-le-Street
The hosts have named the same 12-man squad that were on duty today against Surrey. Johann Myburgh will hope to force his way into the starting eleven. Glamorgan have included Huw Waters and Andrew Salter in their 13-man squad, with Jim Allenby missing out with an ankle injury.
Group B, CB40, Somerset v Nottinghamshire at Taunton
Nick Compton, Max Waller, Alfonso Thomas, George Dockrell, Jamie Overton and Craig Overton are all unavailable for Somerset, although Abdur Rehman is set to feature alongside Joe Leach and Chris Jones.
Group C, CB40, Kent v Derbyshire at Canterbury
Group C, CB40, Yorkshire v Unicorns at Headingley
The home side have opted to rest Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root after their exertions for the England Lions and have included the fit-gain Ryan Sidebottom and Richard Pyrah in a 13-man squad. Young wicket-keeper Dan Hodgson replaces Gerard Brophy behind the stumps.
Weather Forecast: Light showers are a possibility for the south-west tomorrow, but they shouldn’t cause too much disruption. Tomorrow will be the last warm and dry day for a while, with temperatures peaking at between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius before the rain returns on Monday.
County News In Brief:
Varun Chopra and Ben Stokes have been called into the England Lions squad for their second unofficial Test against Australia A, which begins on Tuesday. Nick Compton has been ruled out with back spasms and Ravi Bopara is still unavailable for personal reasons. Meanwhile, Australia A have called up Worcestershire batsman Phil Hughes as a replacement for the injured Peter Forrest.
Matt Coles and Sam Northeast have been awarded their county caps by Kent.
Durham all-rounder Ian Blackwell has emerged as the most likely player to be loaned to Warwickshire to cover for the absence of spin bowler Jeetan Patel, who has been called up by New Zealand.
Yorkshire have taken former Lancashire and current Unicorns bowler Steven Cheetham on trial.
Alfonso Thomas has been ruled out for Somerset’s next three Clydesdale Bank 40 games with a hamstring injury. He faces a battle to be fit for Friends Life t20 Finals Day on 25th August.
Nottinghamshire all-rounder Paul Franks has been given permission to speak to other counties, but has spoken of his desire to remain at Trent Bridge.
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