Showers played their part as the tenth round of the LV= County Championship attempted to get properly underway around the country today. The opening days of the matches at Southampton between Hampshire and Gloucestershire and Arundel between Sussex and Surrey were abandoned without a ball bowled, while most others were affected to some degree.
Middlesex lost Sam Robson early in their reply to Yorkshire’s 390 and closed day two at Lord’s on 16 for one. Andrew Gale completed his century for Yorkshire earlier, while there was yet another half-century from Adil Rashid as the visitors reached 329 for four at one point. However, they suffered a collapse of six for 61 as Ollie Rayner (three for 44), James Harris (three for 48) and Tim Murtagh (three for 93) all struck.
Derbyshire enjoyed the better of a shortened day one against midlands rivals Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. They closed on 245 for two. Chesney Hughes hit 59 in an opening stand of 89 with Billy Godleman (28), before skipper Wayne Madsen and overseas player Shivnarine Chanderpaul added an unbroken 145. Madsen is on 67, with Chanderpaul on an unusually fluent 78 from only 88 balls.
Durham were all out for 267 against defending champions Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street. The home side lost Mark Stoneman second ball to Keith Barker, but the rest of their top five all made handy contributions. Keaton Jennings (33) and Scott Borthwick (36) added 62, while there was 45 from Will Smith and Ben Stokes top-scored with 61. Further useful contributions from Michael Richardson (26), Mark Wood (22) and Graham Onions (22 not out) helped them pass 250. Barker was the pick of the Bears attack with four for 41, while Rikki Clarke and Jeetan Patel each ended with three wickets. Warwickshire then lost Ian Westwood to Graham Onions to the final ball of the day and closed on 31 for one.
In Division Two, there was an early finish due to the weather on the second day at Grace Road. Leicestershire closed on 47 for two, having lost both openers in reply to Northamptonshire’s 567 for seven declared. The visitors’ overnight pair of Kyle Coetzer and Andrew Hall took their fifth-wicket stand to 175 before Hall was finally dismissed by Nathan Buck for 103. Coetzer then completed the maiden double-hundred of his first-class career and added a further 100 with James Middlebrook before departing for 219. Middlebrook reached 84 by the time the declaration came, with Steven Crook unbeaten on 47 off just 36 balls.
Only 55 overs were bowled at Canterbury, with Glamorgan closing on 155 for four after winning the toss against Kent. They suffered a poor start and lost both openers to Calum Haggett (three for 38) with just 19 on the board. However, Stewart Walters (38) and Marcus North (46) began a recovery with a stand of 60 for the third-wicket. Both fell prior to stumps, but Murray Goodwin is not out on 35 with Jim Allenby on 19.
Essex bounced back from a poor start to reach stumps on 268 for eight against Lancashire. Kyle Hogg struck twice with the new ball to help reduce the hosts to 13 for three. Owais Shah and Ryan ten Doeschate then began the rebuild by adding 49 but a Luke Procter double-strike saw them slip further to 72 for five. James Foster then played a captain’s innings of 82 and shared 95 with ten Doeschate (77) and useful stands with Graham Napier (28) and Sajid Mahmood (22 not out).
day two, LV=CCD1, Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street
day three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Yorkshire at Lord’s
day two, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Trent Bridge
day two, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Surrey at Arundel
day two, LV=CCD2, Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford
day two, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Southampton
day two, LV=CCD2, Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury
day three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Northamptonshire at Grace Road
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be another showery day, especially for the north, and the west in the morning. Further south, it will be drier and brighter, particularly in the afternoon. Temperatures will peak at between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius, although it will feel cooler due to a strong wind.
County Cricket News In Brief:
The shortlist for the second LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award has been announced. Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey is rewarded for his excellent start to the season with a place among the six names as is Leicestershire all-rounder Shiv Thakor. The other nominees are Surrey opener Rory Burns, Yorkshire’s Zimbabwe-born batsman Gary Ballance, Durham leg-spinning all-rounder Scott Borthwick, and Sussex opener Luke Wells. To cast your vote, visit LV’s website.
Warwickshire stalwart Dennis Amiss has been rewarded for 50 years in cricket for the county and England in both a playing and administrative capacity. He was presented with an engraved silver presentation bat by ECB chairman Giles Clarke and Warwickshire chairman Norman Gascoigne at the recent ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Australia.
Worcestershire will play Shropshire tonight in a 20-over match as preparation for their Friends Life t20 campaign which begins at the end of the month. Current Worcestershire players Jack Shantry and Joe Leach will both represent Shropshire, who they played for previously, to free up spaces in the Worcestershire starting eleven.
Northamptonshire pace-bowler Luke Evans, along with Scotland bowler Calvin Burnett, have received reprimands under the ECB disciplinary code for bowling accidental high full tosses in matches earlier this month.
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