There were good days for Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Middlesex, Sussex and Essex on the second day of matches in round six of the LV= County Championship. Among those putting in starring roles were Ravi Bopara, Tim Murtagh, Michael Yardy, Andrew Hall and Adil Rashid.
Surrey’s top-order folded to hand Nottinghamshire a handy 67-run first innings lead on day two at Trent Bridge. After Jade Dernbach had ended the Notts first innings at 274, Surrey quickly slipped to 71 for six. Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney each struck twice as only one of Surrey’s top six reached double figures. Gary Wilson and Gareth Batty then began a recovery of sorts with a vital seventh-wicket stand that was worth 81. Both were out just shy of fifty to Samit Patel, but thanks to useful contributions from Tim Linley (11) and Jade Dernbach (15) Surrey scraped past 200. Stuart Meaker then dismissed Alex Hales late on in the home side’s second innings as they closed 91 runs ahead on 24 for one.
Somerset look destined for defeat against Middlesex. They are still 83 runs adrift of Middlesex’s 347 on 112 for five in their second innings after being asked to follow-on. The visitors’ last two wickets had boosted their total by 54 runs in the morning as last man Tim Murtagh made a sprightly 29 before giving Jamie Overton his sixth wicket. Murtagh then carried that form over into his more recognised suit and dismissed four of the home side’s top five. Toby Roland-Jones and Neil Dexter took two wickets apiece as Somerset were all out for 152 with Peter Trego’s 34 the top score. Trego and Murtagh then both starred in the Somerset second innings. Murtagh again took four wickets to help reduce them to 35 for five, with Trego then ending on 58 not out to lead a much-needed late rally.
Yorkshire took control against Warwickshire. Despite missing two of their regular top six owing to events at Lord’s, they finished day two at Edgbaston on 318 for seven with a lead of 190 over the home side. There were contributions from most of their batsmen, with Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid’s fifth-wicket stand of 78 the best of the partnerships. Ballance made 52 before becoming one of three wickets for Jeetan Patel, while Rashid continued his excellent batting form and ended on 68 not out. There were other half-century partnerships between Adam Lyth (43) and Joe Sayers (24) and Tim Bresnan (38) - drafted into the eleven for Richard Pyrah after being deemed surplus to requirements by England - and Rashid.
Sussex had comfortably the better of day two against Derbyshire. They reached stumps on 328 for eight after a poor start to their first innings. Mark Footitt and Jonathan Clare reduced them to 109 for five before a mammoth stand between Chris Jordan and Michael Yardy gave the visitors the upper hand. Yardy ended on 121 not out and added 179 with Jordan for the sixth-wicket. Jordan departed eight short of a well-deserved century, while Footitt struck twice late on to end with five for 104. Derbyshire’s first innings had ended at 223 earlier in the day as James Anyon took two of the last four wickets to fall to end with three for 56.
In Division Two, Ravi Bopara hit a welcome century as Essex closed on 343 for nine in reply to Glamorgan’s 231. Essex recovered well from their double loss last night, with Bopara sharing useful stands of 50 or more with Mark Pettini (28), Ben Foakes (38) and James Foster (27). Graham Napier then finished on 41 not out. Michael Hogan was the pick of the Glamorgan attack and took three wickets today to add to his two yesterday.
Leicestershire reached stumps on 89 for one following another lower-order rebuild from Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. The home side had resumed on 91 for four but Rob Newton and Andrew Hall began the recovery by taking their fifth-wicket partnership to 143. Newton departed for 81, but Hall remained and would go on to reach a century. Following Newton’s demise, Ollie Freckingham, who would go on to end with six for 125, struck along with Jigar Naik (two for 47) but Hall found further support from David Willey. The pair added 115 for the eighth-wicket, with Willey finally last man out for 77 off just 76 balls.
Cambridge MCCU collapsed to an innings defeat to Gloucestershire on the second day at Fenner’s. Liam Norwell marked a successful return from injury by returning match figures of nine for 41. The students’ first innings was ended at 98, with James Fuller, Ian Saxelby and Matt Taylor the other wicket-takers. Their second didn’t look like being much better and it was only a knock of 55 from Amit Gupta that took them into three figures. They were finally all out for 162 to lose by an innings and 82 runs.
day three, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Sussex at Derby
day three, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Trent Bridge
day three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton
day three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Yorkshire at Edgbaston
day three, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
day one, LV=CCD2, Kent v Worcestershire at Canterbury
day three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be cloudy but dry for the east, with the south-west seeing the best of any brightness but also the worst of any showers. Temperatures will peak at around 14 degrees Celsius in the sunshine and 10 elsewhere.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Middlesex have confirmed that Adam Voges will replace Chris Rogers when he is away on Ashes duty later this summer. The 33 year-old will join the club for their Friends Life t20 campaign as was always planned and will then stay on until Rogers returns, playing in four LV= County Championship and four Yorkshire Bank 40 matches.
Fringe members of the New Zealand squad will play two warm-up matches at Finedon, Northamptonshire ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy. Their first game will be against an Invitation XI which is made up of some of the best club players from the midlands. Former Nottinghamshire off-spinner Paul McMahon and former Northamptonshire batsman Rob White are among those expected to take part.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of former Kent captain Mike Denness will be held at Canterbury Cathedral on 1st July. Anyone wishing to attend must contact Kent CCC.
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