All seven of today’s Championship matches were affected to some degree by the band of heavy showers sweeping across the country, with the opening day of Worcestershire’s relegation match against Lancashire at New Road, and day one at Bristol, where Gloucestershire were supposed to be entertaining Kent, completely abandoned. The second day of the England Lions’ match against Australia A was also abandoned without a ball bowled.
Durham ended on 85 for four on the opening day against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Only 30 overs were possible because of the wet weather, with the home side’s seamers – led by Luke Fletcher, who took two for 26 – having the better of the conditions. Mark Stoneman top-scored for Durham with 46.
Surrey’s miserable season continued as they were bowled out for just 144 on the first day against Middlesex at The Oval. Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones were again the stars of the show for the visitors, taking eight wickets between them. Only Jason Roy put up any real resistance with the bat, ending unbeaten on 55 from number six. Middlesex then romped to 98 without loss in reply, but Jade Dernbach gave at least gave the hosts something to smile about just before stumps – clean bowling Chris Rogers for 56.
In Division Two, Stewart Walters ended on 129 as Glamorgan had much the better of a truncated opening day against Essex at Colchester. Will Bragg had got the innings off to a good start with a determined 54, before Walters added 103 for the third-wicket with Marcus North (24). North fell just before stumps, but Glamorgan will be pleased with their day’s work and closed on 242 for three.
Yorkshire fought back from the early loss of Phil Jaques to close on 127 for two in the 31st over on the first day against Derbyshire. Adam Lyth shared a stand of 87 with Andrew Gale (47) for the second-wicket and ended on 60 not out. Earlier in the day, Yorkshire had omitted Richard Pyrah from their squad in order to play the spin pair of Azeem Rafiq and Adil Rashid. Derbyshire had been forced to replace the injured Jonathan Clare with Mark Turner.
Hampshire made the most of winning the toss at Southampton to reduce Northamptonshire to 170 for five by stumps on a shortened opening day. Stephen Peters top-scored for the visitors with 47 and Rob Newton ended unbeaten on 46, but James Tomlinson and David Balcombe each picked up a brace of wickets.
Day Two, CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Durham at Trent Bridge
Day Two, CCD1, Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval
Day Two, CCD1, Worcestershire v Lancashire at New Road
Day Two, CCD2, Essex v Glamorgan at Colchester
Day Two, CCD2, Gloucestershire v Kent at Bristol
Day Two, CCD2, Hampshire v Northamptonshire at Southampton
Day Two, CCD2, Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley
Day Three, 2nd ‘Test’, England Lions v Australia at Edgbaston
Weather Forecast: The sunshine will make a brief return for most of the country tomorrow before a band of rain moves in overnight. There will, however, be patchy cloud and occasional showers throughout the day. Temperatures will peak at between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Former South Africa Under-19s all-rounder Keaton Jennings, who now plays for Durham – his mother was born in Sunderland – has stated his determination to play Test cricket for England.
Durham all-rounder Ian Blackwell has joined Warwickshire on loan for the remainder of the season as cover for Jeetan Patel.
Former England and Durham fast-bowler Liam Plunkett has been banned from driving for 40 months and fined £1000 after being found guilty of a drink-drive offence. He was previously banned for drink-driving in 2007.
Azhar Mahmood has been allowed by Kent to play in the Sri Lanka Premier League for the next fortnight. He will then return to Canterbury for the remainder of the season, but will not be offered a contract for 2013. However, discussions are ongoing regarding a Friends Life t20 deal.
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