There were wins for Nottinghamshire, Essex, Sussex and a remarkable one inside two days for Worcestershire at Canterbury as round six of the LV= County Championship drew to a close. Alan Richardson was Worcestershire’s familiar bowling star and took seven wickets in the Kent second innings.
Nottinghamshire kept their title hopes alive with a much-needed win over Surrey on the final day at Trent Bridge. Surrey had begun the day on 72 for three in pursuit of 259 to win but collapsed to be all out for 144. Paul Franks and Harry Gurney did the bulk of the damage, taking three wickets each, as only two of Surrey’s batsmen reached double figures for the day. Rory Burns was one and added 12 to his overnight score to top-score with 53, while Steven Davies made 28.
Derbyshire suffered their fourth defeat of the season as Sussex wrapped up victory by nine wickets. The home side were all out for 219 in their second innings as Steve Magoffin ended with four for 44, leaving Sussex needing just 42 in the fourth innings. They knocked off the runs inside six overs despite losing Chris Nash for a duck as Luke Wells finished on 23 off 18 balls and Michael Yardy on 18 off 17.
There was high drama on day two of the second division match between Worcestershire and Kent at Canterbury. 16 wickets fell in the day as the home side were skittled for just 63 in their second innings en route to a 10-wicket defeat. Alan Richardson was again the man who did the damage as he took seven for 22 to end with match figures of 12 for 63. Gareth Andrew took the other three wickets to fall as only two Kent batsmen reached double figures. Worcestershire had earlier been bowled out for 194 in their first innings as Matt Coles ended with five for 31. They then needed just 29 in the fourth innings following the home side’s capitulation; openers Daryl Mitchell (13 not out) and Matthew Pardoe (15 not out) knocking them off without being parted. The win is Worcestershire’s first of the season and moves them up to sixth in the table; Kent are winless and last.
Leaders Northamptonshire had to settle for a draw against Leicestershire on the final day at Wantage Road. They recovered sufficiently in their second innings to be able to declare at 215 for eight and leave Leicestershire needing 337 to win. Debutant Ben Duckett hit 53 not out and shared an unbroken 82 with Steven Crook (34 not out) for the ninth-wicket. The visitors made a fluent start to their run chase as openers Greg Smith and Niall O’Brien put on 80. Ned Eckersley then added 42 off 39 balls before the teams shook hands at 168 for three.
Essex beat Glamorgan by five wickets late on in Cardiff. Mark Wallace hit a century and took his overnight seventh-wicket partnership with Graham Wagg to 109 prior to Wagg’s departure for 55 as Glamorgan were all out for 388 in their second innings. That left Essex a tricky run chase of 275 but they got the perfect start thanks to their young openers. Jaik Mickleburgh and Tom Westley both passed 50 and added 143. There were contributions later on from Ravi Bopara (33) and Mark Pettini (47 not out) as Essex won in the penultimate over.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, GMT)
Group A, YB40, Netherlands v Sussex at Schiedam (1000)
Group B, YB40, Hampshire v Durham at Southampton (1245)
Dimitri Mascarenhas has returned early from the IPL after barely featuring for his franchise Kings XI Punjab and is included in a 15-man squad. Also included is wicket-keeper Michael Bates as he continues in his efforts to displace Adam Wheater, and seam-bowlers David Griffiths, James Tomlinson and David Balcombe.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams (captain), James Vince, Michael Carberry, George Bailey, Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Chris Wood, Danny Briggs, David Griffiths, David Balcombe, Hamza Riazuddin, James Tomlinson, Michael Bates.
Mark Stoneman will skipper Durham owing to the absence of Dale Benkenstein (see News In Brief), while Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman after sustaining an injury during the YB40 match against Surrey last Thursday. In brighter news, Gareth Breese has recovered from a side strain and takes his place in a 13-man squad alongside Graham Onions.
Durham squad: Mark Stoneman (captain), Phil Mustard, Scott Borthwick, Paul Collingwood, Ben Stokes, Gordon Muchall, Gareth Breese, Ryan Pringle, Mark Wood, Callum Thorp, Graham Onions, Chris Rushworth, Will Smith.
Group B, YB40, Lancashire v Surrey at Old Trafford (1245)
Lancashire are again being led by Simon Katich as Glen Chapple is given a rest from leading the bowling attack. They wil pick from a squad that includes thre spinners in Stephen Parry, Arron Lilley and Simon Kerrigan.
Lancashire squad: Simon Katich (captain), Stephen Moore, Karl Brown, Steven Croft, Ashwell Prince, Gareth Cross, Luke Procter, Wayne White, Kyle Hogg, Stephen Parry, Simon Kerrigan, Jordan Clark, Oliver Newby, Arron Lilley, Paul Horton.
Surrey are without all-rounder Zafar Ansari due to commitments at Cambridge University, but have included England bowlers Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach in a 13-man squad. Gary Keedy is also among the 13 names and will return to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving at the end of last season.
Surrey squad: Gareth Batty (captain), Jason Roy, Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Zander de Bruyn, Gary Wilson, Rory Burns, Tom Jewell, Stuart Meaker, Gary Keedy, Jade Dernbach, Chris Tremlett, Jon Lewis.
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