All three of the sides vying for promotion to Division One of next year’s LV= County Championship found the going relatively tricky on day one of the final round of matches in this year’s competition. Elsewhere, there was a superb display of spin bowling from Abdur Rehman at Taunton.
Somerset dominated an already-relegated Worcestershire on the first day at Taunton. They bowled them out for 212 as Abdur Rehman took a career-best nine for 65 – only being deprived of all 10 by Peter Trego’s dismissal of Chris Russell – and then romped to stumps on 142 without loss. The day had started well for the visitors, Phil Hughes (42) and Daryl Mitchell (28) added 74 for the first-wicket, but Rehman’s introduction began a familiar collapse.
16 wickets fell on the first day at Chester-le-Street, where Durham closed on 131 for six in reply to Sussex’s 211. Mark Stoneman hit 52 for the home side, but fell shortly before the close to give Monty Panesar his second wicket after Steve Magoffin had taken three middle-order ones. Earlier, Sussex had slipped to 67 for five prior to a face-saving sixth-wicket stand of 106 between Kirk Wernars (50) and Ben Brown (76 not out).
There were also 16 unlucky batsmen on day one at Trent Bridge as County Champions elect Warwickshire reached stumps on 139 for six after bowling Nottinghamshire out for 155. Chris Wright had taken four for 28 for the Bears after they had inserted the home side, but Andy Carter ended with three for 35 as they slumped to 90 for six prior to a late rally from Rikki Clarke (21 not out) and Ian Blackwell (28 not out).
There was no play on what should’ve been the opening day at Aigburth between Surrey and Lancashire as rain continued to cause problems in Manchester.
In Division Two, Glamorgan had the better of promotion hopefuls Kent on the first day at Cardiff. Jim Allenby ended on 100 not out after Will Bragg (59) and Stewart Walters (63) had added 72 for the second-wicket, as Glamorgan closed on 334 for eight.
A brilliant century from James Vince gave Derbyshire a headache on the first day against Hampshire. After slipping to 59 for four courtesy of an early treble from Tony Palladino, Vince and Sean Ervine (61) came together to put on 136 for the fifth-wicket. Hampshire were eventually all out for 272, with David Wainwright ending with figures of three for 69. The home side lost both openers early in their reply and limped to stumps on 50 for three.
Yorkshire closed on 284 for eight at Chelmsford. Adam Lyth got them off to a flying start with an innings of 67 off 69 balls, but his dismissal to Graham Napier (three for 52) triggered something of a tempo change. All of the middle-order found the going difficult against an increasingly disciplined Essex seam attack and it was left to an eighth-wicket stand of 60 between Ryan Sidebottom (37) and Azeem Rafiq (49 not out) to help prevent a mid-innings wobble.
Leicestershire spinners Claude Henderson and Jigar Naik took five wickets between them on day one against Gloucestershire at Grace Road. They helped bowl the visitors out for 234, with only Hamish Marshall (47) and Ian Cockbain (48) providing any real resistance during a fifth-wicket partnership of 96. Leicestershire then closed on 94 for three, with Greg Smith unbeaten on 47.
Day Two, CCD1, Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street
Day Two, CCD1, Lancashire v Surrey at Aigburth
Day Two, CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire at Trent Bridge
Day Two, CCD1, Somerset v Worcestershire at Taunton
Day Two, CCD2, Derbyshire v Hampshire at Derby
Day Two, CCD2, Essex v Yorkshire at Chelmsford
Day Two, CCD2, Glamorgan v Kent at Cardiff
Day Two, CCD2, Leicestershire v Gloucestershire at Grace Road
Weather Forecast: There will be showers throughout the day, particularly in the north and later in the midlands. Temperatures will peak at between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Yorkshire have named their squad for the Champions League T20. Dan Hodgson has been named as back-up wicket-keeper to Jonny Bairstow as Andrew Hodd didn’t play during the Friends Life t20, while Richard Pyrah is still out with a broken hand. David Miller has been made available by his South African franchise for the first qualifying match, but his availability for the second is in doubt.
Essex seamer Charl Willoughby has announced his retirement from professional cricket despite having a year left to run on his contract.
Gloucestershire have released seam bowler David Wade after two years on the staff.
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