Round 13 of the LV= County Championship kicked off around the country today, with the batsmen enjoying the best of the sunny conditions. There were centuries for both Murray Goodwin and Michael Carberry.
Champions Warwickshire closed day one of their match at Edgbaston on 254 for six against Nottinghamshire. Ian Westwood made 68 and helped the Bears bounce back after the loss of two relatively early wickets. He shared 89 with Laurie Evans, who ended on 85, for the third-wicket. Andre Adams was the pick of the Nottinghamshire attack with three for 49, while there were two wickets for former England spinner Samit Patel.
In Division Two, a re-jigged Glamorgan reached stumps on 315 for three against leaders Lancashire at Old Trafford. The Welsh side were without Marcus North due to a family bereavement, as well as Michael Hogan (rested) and Mike Reed (injured). They drafted in T20 overseas player Nathan McCullum to their starting eleven but he wasn’t needed on the opening day. Gareth Rees hit 58 and added 77 with Murray Goodwin for the second-wicket. Goodwin then put on an unbroken 130 with Jim Allenby (68 not out) for the fourth-wicket and ended on 138 not out.
Michael Carberry hit an unbeaten 137 as Hampshire closed day one at Canterbury on 263 for three against Kent. Carberry added 146 with Liam Dawson, who made 75, for the second-wicket and reached three figures off 219 balls. He then shared a further 71 with Sean Ervine for the fourth-wicket before stumps. Ervine finished on 24 not out.
Another good innings from Ricky Ponting couldn't help Surrey avoid a heavy defeat at the hands of Essex in the Friends Life t20. Ponting hit 65 off 54 balls but the home side were still able to post just 148 for six from their 20 overs. Makeshift Essex opener Greg Smith then ensured that his side got home with the minimum of fuss, making 62 off 42 balls before being dismissed by Jade Dernbach shortly before the end. Hamish Rutherford began the run chase will a sprightly 17-ball 30, while Owais Shah finishe don 46 not out from 45 deliveries. Essex won by eight wickets with seven balls to spare and now sit second in the South Group.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (FLt20 start times in brackets, BST)
day two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston
day two, LV=CCD2, Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury
day two, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Glamorgan at Old Trafford
Mid/Wales/West Group, FLt20, Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire at Cheltenham (1430)
The home side will be hoping for a better pitch than was prepared for the match against Warwickshire. They have named their eleven and it includes teenage off-spinner Miles Hammond.
Gloucestershire XI: Michael Klinger (captain), Hamish Marshall, Chris Dent, Alex Gidman, Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, Gareth Roderick, Miles Hammond, Matt Taylor, Tom Smith, David Payne.
South Group, FLt20, Sussex v Middlesex at The Oval (1910)
The Panthers have named an unchanged 13-man squad, with young fast-bowler Tom Helm again included.
Middlesex squad: Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly, Adam Voges, Adam Rossington, Neil Dexter (captain), Gareth Berg, Ollie Rayner, Kyle Mills, Gurjit Sandhu, Ravi Patel, Tom Helm, Josh Davey.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be another hot day, with only very occasional cloud and temperatures peaking at between 24 and 29 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Warwickshire fast-bowler Chris Wright has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his back.
Surrey batsmen Jason Roy and Arun Harinath, as well as Essex overseas player Hamish Rutherford, have received reprimands for level one breaches of the ECB disciplinary code. All of the breaches of the code were committed earlier this month in different matches.
Glamorgan have appointed former South Africa batsman Jimmy Cook on a month-long contract, primarily to work as a batting coach.
Gloucestershire have apologised for the standard of the pitch at their outground in Cheltenham that was prepared for yesterday’s Friends Life t20 match against Warwickshire. The home side were bowled out for just 96 with Warwickshire then struggling in their run chase before winning. Club chief executive Tom Richardson said, “I would like to apologise for the state of the pitch, which was poor. We wish to reassure all out fans that we will do our utmost to ensure that we maintain our usual very high standards of pitch for the remainder of the festival.”
Northamptonshire coach David Ripley has admitted that the club may struggle to hold onto Mohammad Azharullah following his superb season thus far. Ripley told BBC Radio Northampton: “It’s a worry when you’re a perceived small club because someone could offer him a bit more money than we could.”
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