County Round-Up - 11th September 2013

James Vince was the only man to reach three figures on a rain-hit day on the county circuit.
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Rain affected every single one of the day’s LV= County Championship matches to some degree. What play there was saw the batsmen struggle for fluency for the most part, with Surrey finding it particularly hard going in their relegation clash at Taunton.

Derbyshire made a solid start after being asked to bat by LV= County Championship Division One leaders Durham at the County Ground. They reached stumps after 31 overs on 99 for one, with Paul Borrington (30 not out) and Wayne Madsen (32 not out) having added an unbroken 66 for the second-wicket following Ben Slater’s departure to Chris Rushworth for 13.

Nottinghamshire opener Steven Mullaney ended on 88 not out as his side closed on 161 for two in the 70th over against Middlesex. Mullaney added 115 with Michael Lumb for the second-wicket after Riki Wessels had fallen to Neil Dexter for 14. Lumb then handed Ollie Rayner his first wicket of the match shortly before the rain arrived when he was caught by Dexter for an unusually subdued 54 off 171 balls.

Surrey’s batsmen struggled against the Somerset bowlers at Taunton. They scrapped their way to 195 for eight, with Gareth Batty’s 39 the highest individual contribution. Craig Meschede picked up three middle-order wickets, while Alfonso Thomas and Piyush Chawla each struck twice as the visitors lost regular wickets. Zander de Bruyn (30), Steven Davies (38) and Stuart Meaker (30 not out) were Surrey’s other main contributors.

Sussex handed a club debut to former Islamabad left-arm spinner Ashar Zaidi and closed on 276 for nine after 76 overs against title hopefuls Yorkshire. Ben Brown rescued them from a perilous position of 137 for six and ended on 78 not out. Yorkshire’s seamers had all chipped in to do the early damage as Ryan Sidebottom, Jack Brooks (1-42), Liam Plukett (2-44) and Steven Patterson (1-59) all struck. Brown then found support from Zaidi (17) and Steve Magoffin (26) and led the recovery. Sidebottom ended as the pick of the Yorkshire attack with three for 44, while there were two wickets for off-spinner Kane Williamson.

In Division Two, Essex closed on 186 for four after a difficult start against Kent. They lost Jaik Mickleburgh in Mark Davies’ opening over and struggled to score, limping to 117 for four in the 55th over. However, Owais Shah ended on 83 not out and added an unbroken 69 with Ben Foakes (38 not out) to begin a recovery that they will hope to continue tomorrow.

Lancashire faced just 21 overs against Leicestershire before the rain arrived at Old Trafford. They, however, had much the better of the exchanges and raced to 91 without loss despite being inserted by visiting skipper Matthew Boyce. Paul Horton is undefeated with 42, while Luis Reece has 31.

James Vince hit an unbeaten century as Hampshire bounced back from the early loss of both openers to close on 197 for three against Worcestershire. Alan Richardson sent Jimmy Adams packing third ball and then had Michael Roberts caught to make it 23 for two. However, Liam Dawson and Vince shared 158 for the third-wicket before the former was run-out for 70 shortly before stumps.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day two, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Durham at Derby
day two, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord’s
day two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
day two, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Yorkshire at Hove
day two, LV=CCD2, Kent v Essex at Canterbury
day two, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Leicestershire at Old Trafford
day two, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Hampshire at New Road

Weather Forecast: Tomorrow should see more play than today, as it will be mainly dry albeit remaining overcast for the most part. The west will, however, see a band of rain move in during the latter half of the afternoon. Temperatures will remain cool, peaking at around 18 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Leicestershire bowler Matthew Hoggard has announced that he will retire from professional cricket at the end of the season. Hoggard, 36, played 67 Test matches for England and played most of his career for Yorkshire before moving to Leicestershire for the 2010 season. Hoggard spoke to Cricket World shortly after announcing his retirement.

Former Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard has told BBC Radio Wales Sport that he would love to return to coach the county one day. He said, “Maybe further down the line, yes, I’d like to go back there. It will be brilliant to work again with Hugh (Morris, new director of cricket).”

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