Graham Onions dashed back to join Durham at Trent Bridge following his omission from England’s starting eleven at Lord’s and enjoyed a day to remember as he accounted for all ten of the Nottinghamshire batsmen to fall. Nine of them were credited to his bowling, with only his run-out of Luke Fletcher denying him from collecting all ten. Paul Franks top-scored for Nottinghamshire with 53 but they surrendered a 40-run first innings advantage by being bowled out for 154. Durham’s openers had increased this by 27 by the stumps.
Murali Kartik helped Surrey fight back on the second day at The Oval against Middlesex. He took five for 69 to help bowl the visitors out for 232 after they had resumed on 99 for one. This gave Middlesex a lead of 88 on first innings, which looked quite useful when Zafar Ansari departed in the fourth over. However, Rory Burns (40 not out) and Arun Harinath (39 not out) took them through to stumps on 86 for one.
Worcestershire and Lancashire enjoyed almost a full day’s play on what should have been the second day of their match at New Road. The home side lost two early wickets as Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg each struck with the new ball, but Matthew Pardoe (37) and Moeen Ali (35) added 45 for the third-wicket. Neil Pinner ended unbeaten on 79 not out as Worcestershire closed on 219 for six.
In Division Two, Northamptonshire’s lower-order hauled them up from their overnight position of 170 for five to 356 on the second day against Hampshire at Southampton. James Middlebrook and David Willey both hit half-centuries, while David Murphy contributed 43. The home side closed their first innings on 125 for two, with captain Jimmy Adams undefeated on 48.
A century from Anthony McGrath and 58 from on-loan wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd helped Yorkshire make 420 on day two against Derbyshire at Headingley. The pair added 131 for the sixth-wicket, while Wes Durston ended with five for 34 for the visitors, who then closed on 28 for one.
The batsmen continued to enjoy the best of the conditions on the second day at Colchester. Glamorgan were eventually all out for 438 in their first innings, with Graham Wagg contributing a typically robust 54. Essex’s openers then added an unbroken 165 for the first wicket, with Tom Westley ending 10 short of a century and Jaik Mickleburgh on 72.
Play finally got underway at Bristol on the second day, but only 11.2 overs were bowled before the rain returned, with Kent closing on 29 for one against Gloucestershire. Rob Key was the batsman to fall, caught behind by Jon Batty off James Fuller for nine.
Craig Kieswetter produced a brilliant century to help England Lions recover from the perilous position of 53 for four on the third day against Australia A at Edgbaston. Nathan Coulter-Nile took two of the first four wickets to fall and when Jackson Bird dismissed Ben Stokes with the score on 99, the Lions were looking nervously at the follow-on target. They needn’t have worried as Kieswetter and Chris Woakes (48 not out) added an unbroken 141 for the sixth-wicket and they closed on 240 for five.
Day Three, CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Durham at Trent Bridge
Day Three, CCD1, Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval
Day Three, CCD1, Worcestershire v Lancashire at New Road
Day Three, CCD2, Essex v Glamorgan at Colchester
Day Three, CCD2, Gloucestershire v Kent at Bristol
Day Three, CCD2, Hampshire v Northamptonshire at Southampton
Day Three, CCD2, Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley
Day Four, 2nd ‘Test’, England Lions v Australia at Edgbaston
Weather Forecast: A late start is expected after rain overnight, but many of the matches should see a good amount of play thereafter. There will be some showers about, most notably in the south-west, but it will be warm, with temperatures peaking at 27 degrees in the sunny south-east. Elsewhere 19 or 20 degrees will be the norm.
County News In Brief:
Lancashire have been forced to move another game away from the newly-laid square at Old Trafford. Liverpool will now host the final Championship fixture of the season against Surrey, which begins on 11th September.
Derbyshire have been boosted by the news that all-rounder Jonathan Clare and on-loan wicket-keeper Richard Johnson have been declared fit for the remainder of the season.
Middlesex have announced that they will not be renewing the contracts of Anthony Ireland, Robbie Williams and Scott Newman.
Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke has received a three-point penalty under the ECB’s disciplinary code for a second level one breach in the space of 24 months. He was reported for showing dissent during the Bears’ Championship match against Worcestershire at the beginning of this month.
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