Rain again played havoc with today’s county action as Glamorgan were forced to abandon their Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Somerset without a ball being bowled.
Elsewhere, Durham took control on a shortened third day at New Road. Worcestershire, resuming in the relatively strong position of 100 for two, were bowled out for just 205 as, first Scott Borthwick, and then Chris Rushworth starred for the visitors. Borthwick struck first, removing Australian Phil Hughes for 87. He also picked up the next three wickets to fall and ended with figures of four for 37, while Rushworth took three for 43 to help polish off the lower-order. Durham then faced 20 overs in their second innings and closed on 67 without loss to extend their lead to 105 going into the final day.
A 143-run sixth-wicket partnership between Adam Voges and skipper Chris Read meant that Nottinghamshire took their first innings lead over Middlesex to 231 at the close of the second day. Voges brought up his century from 167 balls before falling as one of four wickets for Tim Murtagh, while Read was caught and bowled by Toby Roland-Jones (four for 102) for 71. Nottinghamshire were all out for 329 before rain brought an early close to the day’s proceedings.
Lancashire advanced to 425 for seven by the close of the second day against Surrey at Guildford. Steven Croft added 99 to his overnight score to end on 104 not out, and partnered Glen Chapple (46) during a pivotal seventh-wicket stand of 121.
At Edgbaston, 65 overs were bowled on the opening day of Warwickshire’s match against Sussex, with the home side closing on 175 for three after winning the toss and electing to bat. William Porterfield and Varun Chopra had added 66 for the first wicket, but both fell leg-before to Monty Panesar within four overs of one another to bring Sussex back into contention. Ian Bell, though, hit a fluent 57 from only 86 balls as he found form before the first Test against South Africa which begins next week.
In Division Two, play finally got underway at Southampton, where Yorkshire closed day two on 83 for three after being asked to bat by Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams. Adam Lyth had departed in the fourth over to James Tomlinson, while a Kabir Ali double strike had accounted for Phil Jaques and Jonny Bairstow to make it 28 for three. Fortunately for the visitors, Joe Root and Gary Ballance survived until the early close without further loss – Root ending four short of his eighth first-class fifty.
Ed Cowan completed his century as Gloucestershire closed on 284 for four on the second day against Essex at Cheltenham. They lost their captain Alex Gidman to the second ball of the day, but Cowan and Hamish Marshall added 104 for the fourth wicket, with the former falling shortly before stumps for 103 and the latter ending on 72.
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Uxbridge
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Lancashire at Guildford
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Sussex at Edgbaston
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Durham at New Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Essex at Cheltenham
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Yorkshire at Southampton
Group C, CB40, Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Wantage Road (1440 GMT start)
Day One, Tour Match, Kent v South Africans
Weather Forecast: It will be another day of dodge the showers tomorrow, with the southern half of England and Wales expected to experience the heaviest of them. In between, there will be sunny spells, especially for the north, with highs of around 17 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Leicestershire have made seamer Nadeem Malik and batsman Jacques du Toit available for loan for the remainder of the season. It s understood that neither will have their contract renewed when it expires in September.
FICA, the international players union, is supporting county players such as Worcestershire batsman Alexei Kervezee, Northamptonshire wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien and Kent all-rounder Azhar Mahmood as they begin legal action against the organisers of the Bangladesh Premier League over unpaid fees.
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