County Cricket Round-Up - 16th June 2013
There were wins for Nottinghamshire, the Netherlands, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Durham and Lancashire as the Yorkshire Bank 40 continued today. The Outlaws remain the only team to have won all of their games following their triumph over Warwickshire, while the Netherlands’ win was their first of the competition.
Nottinghamshire stretched their winning run to six games in Group A of the Yorkshire Bank 40 as they defeated 2012 finalists Warwickshire at Trent Bridge. Samit Patel hit an unbeaten 129 off 123 balls as the Outlaws overhauled the Bears’ 238 for seven with five balls to spare. Warwickshire had been helped to that total by half-centuries from Tim Ambrose and Darren Maddy who built on a second-wicket partnership of 65 between Varun Chopra (37) and Jim Troughton (36).
A depleted Northamptonshire moved up to second courtesy of a surprise win over Sussex at Arundel. They rested three senior players - David Sales, Andrew Hall and James Middlebrook - but still won easily by 63 runs in a match that was reduced to 39 overs aside. Alex Wakely hit 69 and Ben Duckett a run-a-ball 47 as they posted a modest 191 for six. Sussex spinners Michael Yardy (none for 15 off four overs), Chris Nash (two for 13 off four) and Will Beer (two for 33 off eight) were the picks of the hosts’ attack. However, Northamptonshire’s bowling star was the familiar figure of seamer Steven Crook. He took four for 26 and had Sussex one for three and seven for four early on with help from David Willey. They rallied thanks to a stand of 74 between Yardy (52) and Ben Brown (40) but Mohammad Azharullah mopped up the tail and they were dismissed for 128.
Netherlands got off the mark in the competition in an 18-over game against Worcestershire. Two wickets each for Pieter Seelaar and Vivian Kingma helped restrict the Pears to 90 for six as Thilan Samaraweera batted through the innings in making 47. The Dutch then got home in the 16th over thanks to cameos from Tom Cooper (29 not out off 27 balls) and Daan van Bunge (25 off 19).
Durham hammered Scotland at Chester-le-Street to top Group B. They knocked off their target of 92 in just 12.5 overs and for the loss of three wickets. The Saltires had begun relatively well after being electing to bat as Tom Latham (30) and Richie Berrington (15) added 30 for the second-wicket. However, they would be bowled out for only 91 as Graham Onions struck three times, including removing captain Preston Mommsen and Moneeb Iqbal with successive deliveries. Paul Collingwood then helped wrap up the innings to end with three for five from nine deliveries.
Essex were knocked down to second after losing heavily to Lancashire at Chelmsford for the second time in a week. They collapsed from 112 for two following Hamish Rutherford’s departure for 63 off 59 balls to be all out for 166. Glen Chapple and Kabir Ali each picked up three wickets, while there were two apiece for Tom Smith, playing his first county game of the season, and Stephen Parry. Earlier, Simon Katich had hit a run-a-ball 60 to help the visitors post 230 for eight from their 40 overs.
Gloucestershire are second in Group C after their comfortable win over a young Yorkshire side at Bristol. Chris Dent and Hamish Marshall lit up the home side’s innings after it had been reduced to 27 overs by rain. The pair shared 58 in six overs for the second-wicket after openers Marshall and Michael Klinger had added 52 in seven overs. There were then further contributions from Ian Cockbain (46 not out off 37 balls) and Benny Howell (32 off 22) as Gloucestershire ended on 229 for six. Dan Hodgson then hit a fluent 76 off 55 balls at the start of the Yorkshire run chase but there was little else of note as David Payne took four wickets and they were all out for 193.
Somerset top Group C following their five-wicket win over Leicestershire in a 25-over game. The Foxes suffered an appalling start and were reduced to 22 for four and 49 for seven as Alfonso Thomas took an early brace of wickets and Craig Meschede returned the scarcely believable figures of 5-3-5-4. Michael Thornely hauled them up to 124 with an unbeaten 31-ball 49, but it was never likely to be enough. Craig Kieswetter hit 50 off 44 balls in his first innings since returning from injury as Somerset won with 21 balls to spare.
Forthcoming YB40 Fixtures:
Tuesday, Group B, Hampshire v Derbyshire at Southampton
Tuesday, Group B, Lancashire v Scotland at Old Trafford
Wednesday, Group A, Netherlands v Nottinghamshire at Truro
Wednesday, Group A, Kent v Sussex at Canterbury
Wednesday, Group C, Leicestershire v Glamorgan at Grace Road