There is a new leader in Division Two of the LV= County Championship, while there were wins for Durham, Warwickshire and Kent elsewhere on an entertaining day on the county circuit.
Durham took less than half an hour to complete victory over Derbyshire on the final day at Chester-le-Street. Resuming on 181 for seven in pursuit of 472, the visitors lasted just 16 balls as they were all out for 192. Chris Rushworth took one of the wickets to fall to give him his maiden ten-wicket match haul, while Ben Stokes took the other two to finish with four for 62. Tom Poynton was left stranded on 58.
Warwickshire kept their slim hopes of retaining their title alive by prevailing in a battling run chase against Middlesex. Set 110 to win in the fourth innings, they soon found themselves five for two and 21 for three. However, Tim Ambrose hit a crucial 47 as they eventually won by five wickets. Middlesex had earlier prolonged their second innings to 286 from its overnight 147 for five. Adam Voges reached 51 before being eighth man out, while there were contributions from most of the lower-order.
There was a farewell century from Ricky Ponting as he ended his first-class career in style at The Oval. He ended on 169 not out to give him a career tally of 24,150 runs at an average of 55.9 from 289 matches. His innings helped Surrey to ease to a draw against Nottinghamshire, who take 10 points to Surrey’s five from the fixture.
Lancashire moved ahead of Northamptonshire by a single point at the top of Division Two after completing victory over them by eight wickets at Wantage Road. They lost two early wickets in their run chase of 110, but Andrea Agathangelou (57 not out) and Luis Reece (40 not out) saw them home. Simon Kerrigan had earlier ensured that Northamptonshire’s lower-order didn’t do its familiar rescue act by returning figures of seven for 63 to hopefully kick-start what has thus far been a fairly lacklustre season by his high standards. He made sure that the visitors were all out for 241, Andrew Hall’s 57 a highlight, to keep Lancashire’s run chase to within manageable proportions.
Glamorgan fell short in their pursuit of 221 and were all out for 177 to hand Hampshire victory in Cardiff. James Tomlinson took five for 44 to help reduce the hosts to 58 for five. Murray Goodwin and Mark Wallace (44) then added 80 for the sixth-wicket, but Danny Briggs took three wickets to help wrap up the innings. Goodwin ended on 56 not out. Marcus North had earlier completed a five-wicket haul as Hampshire’s last-wicket pair added just five to their overnight score and they were bowled out for 179 in their second innings.
Kent replied strongly to Gloucestershire’s mammoth 562 for five declared on day two at Cheltenham. Openers Sam Northeast and Rob Key both passed 50 and added 105 for the first-wicket. Northeast ended on 79 as Kent reached stumps on 165 for two. Alex Gidman had earlier brought up a maiden double-hundred and Hamish Marshall a 23rd century as the home side continued their run fest. The two took their fourth-wicket stand to 168, with Benny Howell then unbeaten on 34 off 23 balls when they finally declared.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
day three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Kent at Cheltenham
North Group, FLt20, Durham v Leicestershire at Chester-le-Street (1730)
North, FLt20, Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire at Grace Road (1730)
North, FLt20, Lancashire v Derbyshire at Old Trafford (1830)
Mid/West/Wales, FLt20, Glamorgan v Somerset at Cardiff (1830)
Mid/West/Wales, FLt20, Worcestershire v Warwickshire at New Road (1730)
South, FLt20, Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford (1900)
South, FLt20, Hampshire v Sussex at Southampton (1900)
Weather Forecast: It will again start cloudy in the east, but that should largely burn off early in the afternoon, again leaving mostly clear blue skies. Temperatures will peak at around 26 degrees Celsius in the best of the sunshine in the north and 22 elsewhere.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Essex have been dealt a double blow with the news that both Ravi Bopara and Mark Pettini will be out due to injury for at least a fortnight. Bopara suffered a side strain during Monday’s Friends Life t20 win over Kent, leaving the field after bowling three overs, and could be out of action for up to six weeks, while Pettini has a quad strain and will be out for up to a month.
Northamptonshire have offered Australian seam-bowler Trent Copeland an end-of-season deal which could see him return to Wantage Road for the final three LV= County Championship matches of the season. Copeland took 27 wickets from six matches for the county at the start of the year before returning to Australia due to a long-standing ankle injury.
Durham coach Geoff Cook, who suffered a heart attack three weeks ago, has returned home after an operation at the Freeman Hospital in Durham.
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