County Cricket Round-Up - 14th August
Glamorgan all-rounder James Harris took six wickets for the England Lions on the opening day of their second ‘Test’ match against Australia A. The 22 year-old from Morriston, a suburb of Swansea, parted the tourists’ opening pair, who had put on 34 inside the first four overs, by trapping Liam Davis in front for 24. He then removed Michael Klinger, before Phil Hughes and Ed Cowan – both of whom made half-centuries – added 93 for the third-wicket. James Tredwell was the other bowler to star as, preferred to Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan, he took three for 35, including the wicket of Cowan for 73. Tasmania wicket-keeper Tim Paine hit a fluent 59 and Australia A closed on 308 for nine.
An innings of 95 off 87 balls from James Vince wasn't enough to prevent Hampshire from slipping to a 50-run defeat at the hands of Somerset in Group B of the Clydesdale Bank 40. The 21 year-old was one of only three batsman to reach double figures for the home side as they were all out for 178, with Steve Kirby taking three for 19. Earlier, Peter Trego had got the match off to a pulsating start with a 31-ball 61, but following his dismissal Somerset struggled. Jos Buttler shephered the middle-order and made 51 off 59 balls to help Somerset close on 228 for eight from their 40 overs.
Day One, CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Durham at Trent Bridge
The home side will be significantly weakened for the visit of a rejuvenated Durham, as talismanic seamer Andre Adams is ruled out and Harry Gurney also a major doubt because of injury. Stuart Broad, James Taylor, Graeme Swann and Samit Patel are all away on international duty at either Lord’s of Edgbaston. Ben Stokes and Graham Onions are also missing for the visitors because of international commitments, with all-rounder Ian Blackwell drafted into the 13-man squad.
Day One, CCD1, Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval
Kevin Pietersen has not made himself available for the London Derby, but Rory Hamilton-Brown does return to Surrey’s four-day squad. Stuart Meaker is away with the England Lions. The visitors have made two changes to their squad for their trip across the Thames. Ollie Rayner has been ruled out with fractured finger, meaning that batting all-rounder Andrew Balbirnie gets a look in, while wicket-keeper John Simpson has been dropped after a poor run of form, with Adam Rossington the beneficiary.
Day One, CCD1, Worcestershire v Lancashire at New Road
The Pears are without leading batsman Phil Hughes, who is playing for Australia A at Edgbaston and have named Neil Pinner as a possible replacement. Brett D'Oliverira misses out from the side that lost to Warwickshire, but their are recalls for James Cameron and David Lucas. Meanwhile, Lancashire have included Luke Procter, Andrew Agathangelou and Simon Kerrigan in their 13-man squad.
Day One, CCD2, Essex v Glamorgan at Colchester
Charl Willoughby replaces the injured David Masters in Essex’s 12-man squad, with leg-spinner Tom Craddock again included in case the pitch at Colchester looks like providing enough turn to warrant playing two spinners. Glamorgan’s patience with their failing batting line-up has finally snapped, with opener Gareth Rees the first casualty. He will be replaced at the top of the order by Nick James, while Robert Croft and Graham Wagg are also included among the 12 that will travel to the south-east.
Day One, CCD2, Gloucestershire v Kent at Bristol
Gloucestershire welcome back all-rounder Will Gidman following his long battle with a side injury, but have been hit by injuries to pace-bowlers Ian Saxelby and Paul Muchall. Young seamer Craig Miles has been included as their replacement. Elsewhere, the wicket-keeping merry-go-round continues with Jonathan Batty taking over the gloves from Richard Coughtrie.
Day One, CCD2, Hampshire v Northamptonshire at Southampton
Chris Wood has been named in Hampshire's 13-man squad, with Dimitri Mascarenhas also included.
Day One, CCD2, Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley
The home side are without Jonny Bairstow following his call-up to England’s squad for the third Test at Lord’s and will hand a club debut to on-loan wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd.
Group C, CB40, Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove (1540 GMT start)
Day Two, 2nd ‘Test’, England Lions v Australia at Edgbaston
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will start dry and sunny, but a band of very heavy rain will begin to make its way in from the south-west early in the morning. It move north and eastwards throughout the day, with the worst of the rain expected to fall across the south-west, south Wales and north-west England. Temperatures will remain relatively mild at between 20 and 22 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Glamorgan have signed seamers Huw Waters and John Glover on new two-year contracts. Waters had been linked with a move away from Wales after he was given permission to talk to other counties.
Opening batsman Ben Howgego has been released by Northamptonshire.
Surrey CCC and Glamorgan CCC have said that the Clydesdale Bank 40 match between the two clubs on 21st August will mark the official launch of the Tom Maynard Trust. The trust will help disadvantaged youngsters to play cricket.
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