Derbyshire ensured that they will end the seventh round of matches in the LV= County Championship at the top of Division Two following a third day trouncing of bottom-placed Glamorgan at the County Ground. Elsewhere, there were notable performances from Stuart Meaker, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Anthony McGrath.
Sussex closed the third day at New Road 199 runs ahead with all ten second innings wickets intact against Worcestershire. Ed Joyce and Chris Nash both hit half-centuries to take the visitors to stumps on 143 without loss. Earlier, the home side’s last three wickets had added 28 runs to their overnight score as they were bowled out for 259.
Somerset’s batting wobbled in their second innings to leave an intriguing final day in prospect at The Oval. They closed on 154 for seven after bowling Surrey out for 388 to lead by 278 runs at stumps. Three early strikes from the home side’s seamers were only partially rectified by a fourth-wicket stand of 92 between Craig Kieswetter (43) and Nick Compton (50), before Stuart Meaker came to the fore to rip the heart out of the middle order and end with figures of five for 42. Tom Maynard (89) and Jon Lewis had earlier helped Surrey past the follow-on target of 363 with the latter last man out for a sprightly 42 from 49 balls.
Lancashire closed the penultimate day at Edgbaston still 238 runs adrift of the home side as they reached stumps on 122 for three in their second innings after being asked to follow on. Only Ashwell Prince, who ended unbeaten on 87, stood firm during the visitors’ feeble first innings performance of 197 as Chris Wright, Chris Woakes and Jeetan Patel ended with three wickets each. Karl Brown and Paul Horton then shared a stand of 89 for the second wicket in their second innings, but two late wickets for Warwickshire means that they must be fairly confident of wrapping up the win sometime tomorrow.
In Division Two, Kent closed a truncated third day on 280 for six against Hampshire. Michael Powell and Darren Stevens both hit fifties and added 101 for the fifth wicket following the early loss of Brendan Nash to Jack Brooks, with Andrew Hall dismissing Stevens for 57 to give him his third wicket.
It was trial by spin for Glamorgan on the third day at Derby; and for the most part they failed the test as their batsmen were dismissed for just 188 in their second innings to hand Derbyshire an eight-wicket win. The day had started brightly for the Dragons, as they picked up the last five Derbyshire wickets to fall for the addition of just 20 more runs, with Huw Waters taking three of them. However, things soon deteriorated as Tim Groenewald dispatched both openers with the new ball, before Wes Durston and David Wainwright combined to take eight wickets for 94 runs with their finger spin. The hosts needed less than 13 overs to chase down the 70 they needed for victory and condemn Glamorgan to their fourth defeat in six matches.
Essex made 409 in their first innings at Grace Road and then reduced Leicestershire to 29 for two in their second, before Will Jefferson (49) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (61 not out) shared a third-wicket partnership of 97 to take the Foxes to stumps on 148 for three. 19 year-old Ben Foakes had earlier fallen seven runs short of what would have been his maiden first-class century as he succumbed as one of Wayne White’s five victims.
A draw looks inevitable at Headingley as Yorkshire responded to Hampshire’s first innings total of 427 with 399 for nine declared. Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance (76) took their fourth-wicket stand to 149 before the former departed for 93 as one of three wickets for Liam Dawson. However, this only opened the door for Anthony McGrath to hit his 34th first-class century as the 36 year-old closed on 106 not out. The visitors then lost Dawson to Adil Rashid in the 44 balls bowled in their second innings as they closed on 21 for one.
Gloucestershire were bowled out for 227 on the opening day of their match at Fenner’s as Cambridge MCCU captain Robert Woolley ended with figures of five for 48, and Dan Housego marked his return to the visitors’ first-team with an innings of 68. The students then closed on six without loss in their first innings.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Somerset at The Oval
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Lancashire at Edgbaston
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Sussex at New Road
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Glamorgan at Derby
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Kent v Northamptonshire at Canterbury
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Essex at Grace Road
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Yorkshire v Hampshire at Headingley
Day Two, MCCU Match, Cambridge MCCU v Gloucestershire at Fenner’s
Weather Forecast: The early rain for the north east should clear to give a mostly dry, albeit overcast, day for much of England. The far south may see some sunshine in the afternoon which will push temperatures up as high as 18 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Somerset have completed the signing of South African batsman Richard Levi as their second overseas player for the Friends Life t20 competition.
Kent look unlikely to extend Scott Newman’s loan spell when it expires in a fortnight, although coach Jimmy Adams did look to keep his options open, saying, “When the time comes, we’re going to look at everything that’s happened in the first team and the second team.
Lancashire have confirmed that Pakistani seamer Junaid Khan will not be joining them for this season’s Friends Life t20 due to international commitments.
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