Warwickshire and Sussex opted for maximum bonus point accumulation on the final day at Edgbaston; a policy which worked far better for the home side than for the visitors as they picked up eight compared to Sussex’s one to go top of Division One of the LV= County Championship. They began the day on 175 for three and captain Jim Troughton led the way with 81, before Rikki Clarke and Keith Barker upped the tempo. The pair added 96 for the seventh wicket in just 61 balls, with Clarke ending on 110 when the declaration came immediately upon reaching 400.
Sussex’s hopes of collecting any batting points were dashed by Jeetan Patel and Rikki Clarke, who claimed figures of five for 77 and three for 19 respectively to help bowl them out for 191. Luke Wright top-scored with a valiant 35-ball 36, but his effort was not enough on a disappointing day for the visitors.
Centuries from David Sales and Rob Newton helped Northamptonshire put their dreadful Friends Life t20 form behind them with an excellent display on the second day against Glamorgan at Wantage Road. After a first day washout, the Welsh side won the toss and opted to bowl, with James Harris removing Stephen Peters for a duck in the very first over. However, Sales and Newton put on 187 for the fourth wicket and Northamptonshire closed on 336 for five.
In the Clydesdale Bank 40, there were washouts at Cheltenham and Uxbridge where Gloucestershire’s game against Essex and Leicestershire’s against Middlesex both fell foul of wet outfields.
Elsewhere, Surrey slumped to eight for five against Nottinghamshire on their way to their first defeat in this year’s competition. Darren Pattinson took three of those wickets, while Harry Gurney returned to clean up the lower-order and ended with four for 22 as the Lions were all out for 123. In reply, Nottinghamshire were never really troubled, in spite of losing wickets regularly, and won by five wickets in the 31st over with James Taylor unbeaten on 41 from 57 deliveries.
Somerset recorded a resounding 60-run win over Scotland at Taunton. Craig Kieswetter hit 56 from only 53 balls after Somerset had elected to bat, but the Saltires fought back thanks to Josh Davey and Jean Symes, who both took three wickets, and they were bowled out for 206 in the penultimate over. Scotland slumped to 31 for four in reply as Alfonso Thomas and Jamie Overton each claimed an early brace, before Richie Berrington led a partial recovery. However, it wasn’t nearly enough and they were dismissed for just 146.
Hampshire went top of Group B with a relatively comfortable win over Durham at Southampton. They had restricted the Dynamos to 200 for seven thanks to some tight bowling from their slower bowlers and despite an excellent rearguard unbeaten 96 from Gordon Muchall. James Vince and Jimmy Adams added 77 for the first wicket in the Royals’ run chase, but Scott Borthwick took four for 51 to bring about a few jitters, before the job was finished by Simon Katich, who ended on 59.
In Group C, Derbyshire eased to a 35-run win over the Unicorns at Chesterfield. Usman Khawaja hit 104 from 110 balls and added 138 with Chesney Hughes (66 from 73 balls) for the first wicket and 66 with Wes Durston (44 from 42) for the second as they posted 235 for seven from their 40 overs. Luis Reece hit 59 in the Unicorns’ reply, but Mark Turner took four wickets to help bowl them out for exactly 200.
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Glamorgan at Wantage Road
Group A, CB40, Lancashire v Middlesex at Old Trafford (1540 GMT start)
Group C, CB40, Sussex v Kent at Arundel (1245 GMT start)
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be overcast with a band of light rain making its way across England and Wales during the day. The amount of rain is likely to be enough to cause considerable disruption to play as it will fall onto already-sodden outfields. Temperatures will remain low at around 16 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Glamorgan CCC chief executive Alan Hamer has called on the ECB to consider providing financial assistance to those counties worst affected by the wet weather this summer.
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