There was again rain, mainly in the midlands, to affect matches in the LV= County Championship, but between the showers, Yorkshire took the upper hand over Middlesex, Nottinghamshire fought back against Derbyshire, Glamorgan had the better of day two against Kent, and the game at Chester-le-Street is nicely poised heading into day three.
A hugely rain-hit second day at Trent Bridge saw Nottinghamshire fight back against Derbyshire. From 245 for two, they reduced the visitors to 306 for six by stumps. Both Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul departed to Andre Adams without adding much to their overnight score. Harry Gurney then took a brace of wickets as Derbyshire could manage only four for 61 for the day.
Mark Stoneman played a lone hand of 83 to keep Durham alive after they had earnt a first innings lead against Warwickshire. Only two other Durham batsmen reached double figures in their second innings as Rikki Clarke, Boyd Rankin and Jeetan Patel each took at least two wickets and the visitors closed 210 runs ahead on 152 for eight. Patel had earlier been Warwickshire’s unlikely star with the bat, hitting 53 to save them from humiliation. The Bears found themselves 116 for seven thanks to strikes from Ben Stokes, Mark Wood and Chris Rushworth, but Patel added a crucial 72 with Keith Barker (31) for the eighth-wicket to help limit their arrears to just 58.
Surrey faced four overs, reaching one without loss in reply to Sussex’s 295 as play got underway at Arundel. Tim Linley took four for 68 as several Sussex batsmen got starts but none were able to make the decisive contribution. Michael Yardy top-scored with 69 and added 61 with Ed Joyce (36) for the third-wicket. Matt Prior then chipped in with 36, while there were additional contributions of 30 or above from Luke Wright and Chris Jordan.
Championship contenders Middlesex were asked to follow-on by Yorkshire and closed still 78 runs behind on 137 for four in their second innings. Adil Rashid was the star of the second dig, taking three for 51, after the seamers had done the damage in the first. Resuming on 16 for one, Middlesex were all out for 175 as only Gareth Berg passed 50. Liam Plunkett and Steven Patterson each took four wickets, while there were two for Ryan Sidebottom.
In Division Two, Northamptonshire’s push for victory suffered a blow as only 34 overs were bowled on the third day at Grace Road. Leicestershire progressed from 47 for two to close on 142 for three as Joe Burns ended on 67 not out. He took his overnight third-wicket stand with Ned Eckersley (43) to 99.
Simon Katich hit a century as Lancashire closed day two at Chelmsford just seven runs adrift of the home side. Katich added 110 with Ashwell Prince for the third-wicket, but Essex kept plugging away following the latter’s departure for 56. Graham Napier and Reece Topley each picked up two wickets as the lower middle-order failed to fire. Essex had earlier been bowled out for 273 in their first innings as Glen Chapple wrapped it up for the addition of only five runs to their overnight score.
Gloucestershire and Hampshire got underway following the first day washout at Southampton. It was the visitors who had the better of the 96 overs bowled, closing on 349 for seven. They struggled early on and slipped to 56 for three as Sohail Tanvir struck twice. However, Hamish Marshall hit a century and shared 106 with Benny Howell (54) for the fifth-wicket. There was then a knock of 42 from Will Gidman, while Gareth Roderick finished on 24 not out.
Kent are in trouble on 73 for four in reply to Glamorgan’s 378. Michael Hogan took two wickets with the new ball, while there was one apiece for Mike Reed and Graham Wagg. Murray Goodwin had earlier converted his overnight 35 into 136 and added useful stands with most of the middle-order. Mark Wallace, Dean Cosker and Mike Reed all made at least 20, while Mitchell Claydon took three wickets.
day three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street
day four, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Yorkshire at Lord’s
day three, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Trent Bridge
day three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Surrey at Arundel
day three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford
day three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Southampton
day three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury
day four, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Northamptonshire at Grace Road
Group C, YB40, Unicorns v Somerset at Truro
Weather Forecast: Showers, occasionally heavy, are again the order of the day tomorrow. A band of them will move in from the west in the morning, becoming more widespread in the afternoon, although the far south may escape the worst of them. In between, there will be sunny spells, with highs of between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Durham seamer Mitchell Claydon has indicated that he may make his one-month loan move to Kent permanent. Speaking to BBC Radio Kent, he said, “If I bowl terribly, Kent won’t want to keep me but I’d like to stay as it’s a club I always earmarked playing for.”
Gloucestershire CCC have announced that William Brown will replace Tom Richardson as chief executive on 2nd September. Richardson will step down after 12 years at the helm in August. Brown will move from online betting company Betfair, having also worked at Cricinfo and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Worcestershire beat Shropshire by four wickets with eight balls to spare in their warm-up match for the Friends Life t20 yesterday. Shropshire posted a promising 182 for seven from their 20 overs but Neil Pinner led the Worcestershire run chase and finished on 77 not out.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Twenty20 Cup today, the ECB is inviting fans of all 18 counties to vote for the best batsman, bowler and all-rounder to have represented them in the competition. The players will then go on to the ECB’s Facebook page as an overall best XI is chosen by nationwide vote and announced on 28th June. A video of the best moments from the past 10 years is also available.
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