Lancashire had the better of the first day at Guildford, despite Surrey fielding a bowling attack that had vast international experience. Stuart Meaker was the first to strike, breaking an opening stand of 47 by dismissing Stephen Moore for 24. However, there was little joy for a while after that for the home side as Karl Brown and Paul Horton added 122 for the second wicket, prior to the former’s dismissal for 49. Horton remained and reached his 15th first-class century from 219 balls, only to fall shortly before the close to Chris Tremlett. Steven Croft and Ashwell Prince will resume tomorrow on 245 for three.
Durham were all out for 243 on the second day at New Road against Worcestershire. Michael Richardson departed for a duck from the second over of the day to give Gareth Andrew the first of what would turn out to be three wickets; but Callum Thorp (30) and Graham Onions (25 not out) added 42 for the ninth wicket to give the visitors a batting bonus point.
In reply, Worcestershire reached 100 for two. Ben Stokes has taken both of the wickets to fall, with Phil Hughes again impressing, closing with 52.
Andrew Strauss scored over half of Middlesex’s runs on the opening day of their match against Nottinghamshire at Uxbridge. He made 50 as his team-mates struggled to cope with Andre Adams and were bowled out for just 98. Indeed, they had slipped to 34 for five, before Strauss found support from Gareth Berg (32), prior to becoming Adams’ latest victim with the score on 97. The home side lost four further wickets for the addition of only one run as Adams completed the collapse of five for one by dismissing Corey Collymore for a duck to end with figures of six for 32.
Nottinghamshire had reached 114 for four in the 40th over of their first innings by the time rain brought an early halt to the day’s proceedings. Tim Murtagh took two wickets, with Michael Lumb top-scoring with an undefeated 35.
In Division Two, the opening day of Hampshire’s match against Yorkshire at Southampton was abandoned without a ball bowled, while Gloucestershire closed on 147 for two on a shortened first day against Essex at Cheltenham. Ed Cowan and Dan Housego both made half centuries during a second-wicket stand of 108, with the former ending on 51 not out and the latter falling just prior to stumps for 60.
Both Clydesdale Bank 40 matches were affected by the wet weather today, with Warwickshire’s match against Sussex at Edgbaston abandoned without a ball bowled to continue the Bears’ miserable luck with the weather this season.
Over on the continent, Leicestershire, under their new captain Josh Cobb, registered their first win of the campaign with a 33-run win over top-of-the-table Netherlands at Amstelveen. The match was reduced to 36 overs aside before the start with Dutch captain Peter Borren winning the toss and choosing to insert the Foxes. They lost Cobb in the first over for a duck, but Michael Thornely showcased his more aggressive side and made 86 from 77 balls to haul them up to a competitive 208 for seven. He shared a crucial fifth-wicket partnership with Wayne White (38 from 47 balls) after they had slipped to 74 for four.
In reply, Matthew Hoggard removed Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi, while Stephan Myburgh retired hurt, as the home side struggled. Cameron Borgas top-scored with 40, but left-arm spinner James Sykes took three for 39 and they were all out in the 33rd over for 175.
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Uxbridge
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Lancashire at Guildford
Day One, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Sussex at Edgbaston
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Durham at New Road
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Essex at Cheltenham
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Yorkshire at Southampton
Group B, CB40, Glamorgan v Somerset at Cardiff (1540 GMT start)
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will start off dry and sunny, but it will begin to cloud over as a band of rain pushes in from the south-west. It is likely to disrupt the end of the day’s play in the southern matches, as well as affect Cardiff’s televised CB40 match.
County News In Brief:
Worcestershire have allowed experienced batsman Vikram Solanki to speak to other counties rather than agree a new deal with the 36 year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Durham captain Paul Collingwood is not likely to be re-signed by Big Bash league franchise Perth Scorchers. He will, however, play for them in the Champions League in October.
Nottinghamshire Twenty20 captain Adam Voges has ruled out his participation in this year’s Sri Lanka Premier League. He will honour his existing contract with the Outlaws regardless of whether they reach Finals Day.
Leicestershire have extended Ramnaresh Sarwan’s overseas deal until the end of 2014. They have also appointed Josh Cobb as their one-day captain for the remainder of this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
Former Pakistan and Essex leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has appealed against the lifetime ban handed to him at last month’s ECB disciplinary hearing. He will also contest the previously unrevealed court order to pay £100,000 in costs.
Gloucestershire CCC have dedicated the first match of their Cheltenham festival to the memory of former player Martin Stovold. A new scoreboard has also been erected at the ground in his name.
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