County Cricket Round-Up - 17th May
The batsmen again enjoyed the best of the running on the second day of matches in round seven of the LV= County Championship. There were centuries for Michael Bates, Martin Guptill, Wayne Madsen, Steven Davies and Rikki Clarke, while the bowlers were led by David Masters who ended with six wickets at Grace Road.
Lancashire’s woes deepened considerably on the second day at Edgbaston as they closed in the disastrous position of 61 for five in reply to Warwickshire’s mammoth first innings total of 557 for six declared. Chris Woakes and Chris Wright ended with two wickets each for the Bears as the visitors collapsed from 31 for none to 54 for five.
Earlier, Tim Ambrose had fallen four short of what would have been his tenth first-class century and added 147 for the sixth wicket with Rikki Clarke. He was eventually caught by Stephen Moore off Simon Kerrigan (three for 178), but Clarke reached his century off 162 balls and was there on 123 with Chris Woakes (43 not out) when the declaration came.
Somerset ended the second day of their match at The Oval with the upper hand against Surrey. They declared on 512 for nine in their first innings, with debutant Jamie Overton hitting a carefree unbeaten 34 from number 11. The 18 year-old claimed his maiden first-class scalp shortly afterwards, bowling Jaques Rudolph for one, but Surrey fought back with Steven Davies and Zander de Bruyn adding 122 for the third wicket. Davies eventually fell to George Dockrell for 104, and de Bruyn in the next over as the first of a brace of wickets for Vernon Philander (three for 66) for 52, but Tom Maynard closed with 63 to take the home side to stumps on 286 for six.
Sussex and Worcestershire closed day two with honours relatively even at New Road – the home side on 231 for seven after bowling Sussex out for 315 in their first innings. Moeen Ali and Matthew Pardoe shared the biggest partnership of the day – 96 for the fifth wicket – with the former England Lions batsman making 85 before being trapped in front by Naved Arif (two for 50). Steve Magoffin and Monty Panesar also ended with two wickets apiece for the visitors.
In Division Two, Northamptonshire hauled themselves up to 418 in their first innings at Canterbury, with the overnight pairing of James Middlebrook and David Sales taking their fifth-wicket stand to 206 prior to the latter’s dismissal for 140. Middlebrook followed shortly afterwards for 73, but David Willey provided a late flourish – hitting 64 from 85 balls at number nine.
Kent’s innings got off to a steady start as the openers, Scott Newman and Rob Key, added 38 in just over 18 overs, before Lee Daggett had Newman bowled for 16. Andrew Hall struck twice before stumps as the visitors closed on 123 for three.
Derbyshire reached 335 for five by stumps after resuming on 22 without loss against Glamorgan. They had bowled the visitors out for just 236 on the opening day, and Martin Guptill and Wayne Madsen ensured that the advantage gained by their bowlers wasn’t wasted during a second-wicket partnership of 170. Guptill made 132 before becoming the second of Michael Reed’s two victims, while Madsen was there at stumps unbeaten on 122. Marcus North had kept Glamorgan’s spirits up during the latter part of the day with three relatively cheap wickets, but by then the damage was done and Derbyshire’s lead stood at 99 by the close.
Leicestershire’s tail folded this morning against Essex as their last five wickets added only 49 runs to their overnight 323 for five. Former Foxes seamer David Masters ended with six for 82, while there were three wickets for Charl Willoughby. Tom Westley and Mark Pettini (57) both made half centuries in the visitors’ reply, with the former out to last ball of the day for 81 as Essex closed on 239 for five.
Hampshire were finally bowled out for 427 in their first innings at Headingley with Adil Rashid taking three of the wickets to fall. Simon Katich ended his innings on 196, shortly after promising gloveman Michael Bates had completed his maiden first-team hundred. Yorkshire then faced 36 overs in their first innings and reached 100 for three thanks to an unbeaten half-century from Phil Jaques.
Stat of the day: Warwickshire’s total of 557 for six is their highest against Lancashire at Edgbaston, beating the 1901 record of 532 for four.
Continues on page two...