Matches in the LV= County Championship were again heavily affected by the English autumnal weather, with day three of the fixture at Lord’s between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire seeing no play at all due to rain.
Scott Borthwick and Will Smith fell narrowly short of centuries as Durham had the better of day three of their match at Derby. Borthwick (89) and Smith (81) added 159 for the third-wicket as Durham closed on 257 for four in reply to Derbyshire’s 298.
Surrey and Somerset managed little more than 29 overs at Taunton, with the visitors closing 32 runs ahead on 97 for four. Dominic Sibley fell early on to Lewis Gregory, who quickly followed that dismissal by sending Hashim Amla packing with a second duck of the match. Vikram Solanki (36) and Rory Burns (40) then added 63 for the third-wicket, but both were removed by Peter Trego before stumps to leave Somerset with the upper hand.
Sussex lead by 14 runs at Hove after reaching stumps against Yorkshire on 48 for two in their second innings. Ryan Sidebottom got rid of Luke Wells third ball for a duck, with Liam Plunkett having Michael Yardy caught for 15 nine overs later. Yorkshire had earlier been unable to establish a sizeable first innings advantage as Ashar Zaidi ended with four for 57 on his Sussex first-team debut. Resuming on 246 for four, Yorkshire were all out for 326 as overnight batsman Kane Williamson fell without adding to his overnight score.
In Division Two, Sam Northeast held up promotion hopefuls Essex. The man tipped by many as a future Kent captain ended on 70 not out to help his side reach 113 for four in their second innings - still 56 runs away from making the visitors bat again. However, he received little support from the rest of the Kent batsmen as Monty Panesar took three wickets.
The rain could yet save Leicestershire as they closed on 60 for three after Lancashire had finally declared at 453 for seven. The Foxes lost three early wickets to the new ball pairing of Kyle Hogg (1-28) and Oliver Newby (2-27) but Michael Thornely and Niall O’Brien added an unbroken 46 for the fourth-wicket, each ending on 23 not out. Lancashire had earlier secured maximum batting bonus points as Luke Procter made 44, Tom Smith 23 and Alex Davies 30 not out.
Fewer than 22 overs were possible on the third day at New Road, with Worcestershire slipping to 189 for five in reply to Hampshire’s 428. The overnight pair of Moeen Ali and Thilan Samaraweera departed without adding significantly to their scores, with Tom Fell (32) and Ross Whiteley (35 not out) then sharing 58 for the fifth-wicket. James Tomlinson was the most impressive of the Hampshire bowlers, ending the day with figures of three for 51.
day four, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Durham at Derby
day four, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord’s
day four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
day four, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Yorkshire at Hove
day four, LV=CCD2, Kent v Essex at Canterbury
day four, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Leicestershire at Old Trafford
day four, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Hampshire at New Road
Weather Forecast: The rain could take until lunchtime to clear from the far south-east, but the rest of the country will be dry with increasing amounts of sunshine as the day progresses. Temperatures will peak at around 15 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Hampshire CCC have been penalised by the ECB Cricket Discipline Commission for fielding an ineligible player in a second XI match last month. The club played Ruel Brathwaite in a fixture against Surrey whilst he was still registered with Durham and have been docked half the points they gained in that match and fined £250.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have denied that the lure of the Director of Cricket job at Surrey CCC was behind the decision of head coach Graham Ford to request that his contract not be renewed when it expires in January. They have said that “family commitments” was the reason given and have asked Ford to reconsider his decision.
Warwickshire have signed Hong Kong wicket-keeper Jamie Atkinson on a two-match contract as cover for injured glovemen Tim Ambrose and Pete McKay. Atkinson, who has also played for Durham University, kept wicket as a substitute in place of McKay in the Bears’ last LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire. The club have also formally declared their interest in signing Somerset wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.
Nottinghamshire have been boosted by the news that Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann have been made available by the England hierarchy for the Yorkshire Bank 40 final on 21st September.
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