Middlesex closed day one at Taunton on 293 for eight. It could have been better for the visitors as fifties from Chris Rogers and Joe Denly led them to 158 for one at one stage. However, Somerset’s young bowlers kept chipping away, with Jamie Overton and Jack Leach sharing seven wickets. Neil Dexter was the only one of the Middlesex middle-order to stand firm and ended on 73 not out.
Nottinghamshire are in an almost identical position after day one at Trent Bridge. They reached stumps on 273 for nine after being asked to bat by Surrey captain Gareth Batty. The home side were without their captain Chris Read who was a late withdrawal after complaining of soreness in his neck, and lost Alex Hales early on. Michael Lumb and stand-in skipper James Taylor both fell just short of fifties, with Samit Patel also contributing 35. The best contribution came from Steven Mullaney, who made 68 before becoming a third wicket for Tim Linley. The pick of the Surrey attack was Stuart Meaker with four for 70, while there were two wickets for Jade Dernbach.
Defending champions Warwickshire were bundled out for just 128 by Yorkshire at Edgbaston. The home side are severely depleted by injuries and only their captain Jim Troughton stood firm amidst the carnage, hitting an unbeaten 65. Only three other men reached double figures as Liam Plunkett recorded his first five-wicket haul for his new county and Steve Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom shared the other five wickets. Yorkshire then faced five overs in their first innings and reached 11 for none.
Wayne Madsen hit 63, but Derbyshire closed on 158 for six in the 56th over against Sussex. Steve Magoffin marked his return to the Sussex line-up with the wickets of Chesney Hughes (15) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (20), while there were also two wickets for Chris Jordan. Monty Panesar then had night-watchman Alasdair Evans leg-before to the final ball of the day.
A weakened Northamptonshire closed a shortened day against Leicestershire on 91 for four at the County Ground. The Division Two leaders are without their captain Stephen Peters, first-choice wicket-keeper David Murphy, and opener Kyle Coetzer. The makeshift opening pair of James Middlebrook and Matthew Spriegel made just 13 between them, while David Sales was dismissed by Alex Wyatt for 10 and stand-in skipper Alex Wakley became a second wicket for Ollie Freckingham when on 18. That made it 63 for four, but Rob Newton (22 not out) and Andrew Hall (12 not out) saw it through until stumps without further loss.
David Masters took five for 44 as Glamorgan were bowled out for 231 on day one in Cardiff. Stewart Walters and Jim Allenby both hit fifties for the home side, but they lacked any support from the rest of the batsmen, with Dean Cosker’s 18 the next highest score. Masters took wickets throughout the innings and was backed up by the rest of the Essex attack. Reece Topley and Ravi Bopara each picked up a brace of wickets, while there was one for Graham Napier. Essex then reached stumps in their first innings on 10 for two, having lost Tom Westley and night-watchman Masters to Michael Hogan.
Cambridge MCCU closed on 46 for three after Gloucestershire had declared on 342 for five on the first day of their three-day friendly at Fenner’s. Chris Dent did the early scoring with 53, but Alex Gidman and skipper Hamish Marshall then took over. The pair added 228 for the fourth-wicket in good time before Marshall was caught off Adam Lord two short of a century. Gidman suffered no such problem and was unbeaten on 140 off 136 balls when the declaration came in the 66th over. Liam Norwell then marked his return from injury by taking two wickets in 4.3 overs in the students’ reply.
The Yorkshire Bank 40 match between Worcestershire and Kent finally got underway at 7pm local time and was reduced to a 25 overs affair. It was the home side who came out on top, but not without a few alarms. They restricted Worcestershire to 110 for nine from their 25 overs in conditions that were damp and cold and not at all pleasant for cricket. The bowlers, though, made the best of the movement of offer, with Matt Cles taking four for 20 and Mark Davies two for 14 from their five overs. Kent then suffered a poor start to their run chase and looked headed for defeat at 45 for six following a superb opening spell of three for 11 from Jack Shantry. However, James Tredwell and Geraint Jones drew on all of their experience and added a crucial 47 for the seventh-wicket to take their side close to victory. Jones fell for 30 off 33 balls but Tredwell remained and was unbeaten on 42 off 40 balls when the winning runs were struck.
day two, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Sussex at Derby
day two, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Trent Bridge
day two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton
day two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Yorkshire at Edgbaston
day two, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
day two, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Wantage Road
day two, MCCU match, Cambridge MCCU v Gloucestershire at Fenner’s (not first-class)
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be noticeably drier and warmer, with only the outside chance of catching a shower. Otherwise, it will be largely cloudy, especially in the afternoon, with sunny spells. Temperatures will peak at between 12 and 15 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket New In Brief:
Pakistan fast-bowler Sohail Tanvir is to join Hampshire as their second overseas player for this season’s Friends Life t20 according to his agent. Speaking to BCC Radio Solent, Umran Khan said that the deal was agreed and that the 28 year-old would join the club subject to gaining a visa. He may also stay on after the T20 competition to cover for countryman Saeed Ajmal, who was due to join the club from the beginning of August but may now not be able to owing to international commitments.
Kabir Ali is close to playing his first first-team game for new county Lancashire. He signed from Hampshire over the winter but has been out of action since February after jarring his knee while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League. However, he is making a tentative return to action in the rain-hit second XI fixture against Yorkshire.
Somerset are close to announcing a replacement overseas player for Alviro Petersen. Petersen has been in prolific form for the Ciderman so far this season and was rewarded with a place in South Africa’s ICC Champions Trophy squad when Graeme Smith withdrew through injury. Petersen is expected to be unavailable for county duty between 27th May and 24th June.
Essex have signed Hamish Rutherford as a replacement overseas player for Rob Quiney for the remainder of the season. Rutherford will join Essex after New Zealand’s tour of England finishes on 27th June. Quiney has flown back to Australia for a shoulder operation after sustaining an injury during the Championship match at Old Trafford on 10th May.
Northamptonshire club captain Stephen Peters has been ruled out for the next six weeks with a broken finger.
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