Glamorgan and Northamptonshire each forfeited an innings to set up a thrilling final day at Wantage Road. The home side declared their first innings immediately after collecting their fourth batting bonus point to leave the Welsh side needing 351 to win from a minimum of 90 overs. They lost Will Bragg to the second ball of their chase, but Stewart Walters and Gareth Rees steadied the ship with a 51-run second-wicket stand, while Marcus North, Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace all made half-centuries. Allenby hit the winning runs with just five balls to spare to hand Glamorgan their first win of the competition by three wickets.
Gloucestershire kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Clydesdale Bank 40 alive with a four-wicket win over Worcestershire in a low-scoring match at Cheltenham. Skipper Alex Gidman led the way with the ball, taking three for 20 from his eight overs, while fellow seamers Ian Saxelby and Liam Norwell picked up two wickets each to restrict the Pears to 144 for seven. Phil Hughes was the only Worcestershire batsmen to get going as he continued his excellent form with an unbeaten 64 from 108 balls.
In reply, Ed Cowan and Hamish Marshall put on 51 for the first wicket inside the powerplay, but Worcestershire fought back through their spinners. Brett D’Oliveira took two for 35 with his leg-breaks, while Moeen Ali ended with three for 33 with his off-spin. Gidman, though, led his side home with an undefeated 33 in the 28th over.
A James Vince century wasn't enough to prevent Nottinghamshire from easing to a six-wicket win over Hampshire in Group B at Trent Bridge. Vince helped the Royals recover from an early Samit Patel double-strike to post 230 for seven from their 40 overs. He brought up his second List A century from 105 balls and ended on 102 not out.
In reply, Riki Wessels (38 from 21 balls) and Alex Hales blitzed 89 from only 9.4 overs for the first wicket and the Outlaws never looked back. Hales fell to Danny Briggs - who was the pick of the Hampshire attack with two for 27 - for 70 from 61 balls, but James Taylor hit 74 from 83 balls and added 71 with Samit Patel (36 from 35 balls) for the third-wicket to help ease them home with 17 balls to spare.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Lancashire v Worcestershire at Old Trafford
Both teams could do with a win as they battle to avoid relegation. The home side have added Oliver Newby and Gary Keedy to the eleven that drew with Surrey last week.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Trent Bridge
The Outlaws desperately need a win to keep in touch with Warwickshire at the top of the table and are likely to name the side that drew with Middlesex last week. Surrey, meanwhile, have included Matthew Spriegel in their 13-man Championship squad for the first time this year. Chris Tremlett and Tim Linley are also included.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton
A win for the home side would open up the race for the title, but they are severely weakened by injuries (Marcus Trescothick, Steve Kirby, Adam Dibble) and Under-19 international call-ups (Jamie and Craig Overton, George Dockrell). Gemaal Hussain returns to a seam attack which consists of Alfonso Thomas, Craig Meschede and Peter Trego. Laurie Evans will replace Ian Bell in the Bears’ line-up as they look to move further ahead at the top of the table.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Durham at Arundel
Ed Joyce and Matt Prior are both away on international duty so Ben Brown takes over behind the stumps and Joe Gatting is expected to return to the top of the Sharks’ batting order. Paul Collingwood will lead Durham, but he will be without Graham Onions, who is with England, and is replaced in the 14-man squad by Mark Wood. Gareth Breese and Michael Richardson are also included.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield
Day One, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Cheltenham
The home side will be without Ed Cowan, who has linked up with Australia A, and is replaced by James Fuller and Jack Taylor in 12-man squad. Will Gidman and Chris Dent remain unavailable due to injury. For the Foxes, Rob Taylor looks set to make his 2012 Championship debut, while Robbie Joseph and Claude Henderson have also been included in the 13-man squad. Paul Dixey will replace Ned Eckersley, who will play as a specialist batsman, behind the stumps.
Group A, CB40, Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford (1540 GMT start)
James Foster misses the match for personal reasons with former club captain Mark Pettini again taking the reins and Adam Wheater donning the gloves. James Franklin is preferred to Harbhajan Singh as the county’s overseas player in order to strengthen a fragile batting line-up that is still without Owais Shah. Reece Topley and Ben Foakes are also unavailable due to England Under-19 commitments. Meanwhile, the Panthers are without Irish internationals Tim Murtagh and Paul Stirling, while Joe Denly is also a doubt with a groin strain. Tom Scollay and Josh Davey are added to the squad as cover.
Weather Forecast: England and Wales will miss the worst of the rain tomorrow as central Scotland bears the brunt, but there will be a weaker band moving across the centre of England during late morning and early afternoon. This should largely clear by the middle of the afternoon to leave cloudy skies and sunny spells, with temperatures peaking at between 16 and 19 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Will Jefferson is likely to miss the rest of the season for Leicestershire after picking up a hip problem. This follows an earlier back injury which has severely restricted his cricket so far in 2012.
David Sales has been given permission to speak to other counties after his present employers, Northamptonshire, wanted time to assess his fitness before offering him a contract extension. The club have also signed seamer Olly Stone on a new two-year deal.
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale is hoping to have recovered from his hip injury in time to lead the county in their Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Worcestershire on 25th July.
Middlesex CCC will not take disciplinary action against batsman Eoin Morgan for missing the start of their Clydesdale Bank 40 match last night against Lancashire. Morgan blamed train delays for his non-appearance in the fixture.
Somerset's signing of Pakistani overseas player Abdur Rehman has been thrown into doubt because of visa delays. Director of cricket Brian Rose said, “He has applied for his visa but we’re still waiting for the outcome. It looks more troubled the longer it goes on.”
© Cricket World 2012
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