Poor second innings batting performances from Derbyshire and Essex handed Middlesex and Northamptonshire victories with a day to spare in the LV= County Championship. Elsewhere, Warwickshire look destined for a win against Durham, with a potentially interesting final day in store in Cardiff.
A terrible second innings batting performance from Derbyshire at Lord’s gave Middlesex their second win of the season. The day had begun well for the visitors as Jonathan Clare (four for 40) and Mark Turner (three for 51) wrapped up the Middlesex first innings to earn their side a lead of 16 runs. However, everything went wrong thereafter as they were humiliated for only 60. Tim Murtagh did the early damage and returned figures of five for 12 from 12 overs, while Toby Roland-Jones completed the embarrassment with a hat-trick by dismissing Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald and Mark Turner. That left the home side needing just 77 to win and they knocked off the runs for the loss of one wicket inside 22 overs - Joe Denly finishing up unbeaten with 44.
Centuries from Surrey wicket-keepers Rory Burns and Steven Davies helped their side declare their first innings on 366 for nine at The Oval. The two took their overnight fifth-wicket partnership to 159 before Burns was eventually removed by Steve Kirby (three for 69) for a mature 115. Davies remained and added a useful 71 with Gareth Batty (36) for the seventh-wicket prior to being ninth man out for 147 to give Jamie Overton his third wicket. Somerset then reached stumps in their second innings on six without loss.
Durham closed on 11 for one in pursuit of an unlikely 413 to beat county champions Warwickshire. The Bears declared their second innings on 351 for eight, with their lower-order again getting them out of trouble after three wickets from Ben Stokes had reduced them to 164 for five. Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke then shared 109 for the sixth-wicket prior to Ambrose’s departure for 105, with Clarke (92) and Chris Woakes (38 not out) then adding a further 73 for the seventh-wicket.
In Division Two, David Willey ended with five for 67 as Northamptonshire won by an innings and nine runs against Essex. Resuming on 94 for two and trailing by 122 runs, Essex were all out for 207 in their second innings. Rob Quiney started the rot by being caught behind off Willey for 56, with only three other men reaching double figures. Willey completed the fourth five-wicket haul of his career to go with his 76 with the bat, while Andrew Hall and Steven Crook helped mop up the tail and finished with two wickets each.
Centuries from Matthew Boyce and Shiv Thakor saw Leicestershire earn a first innings lead against Kent. They closed day three on 452 for seven in reply to the visitors’ 406 with a draw now looking inevitable at Grace Road. Boyce and Thakor added 181 for the sixth-wicket as Boyce hit a career-best 135 off 309 balls and Thakor ended unbeaten on 105 off 231 deliveries.
Thilan Samaraweera ended on 71 as Worcestershire fought back against Glamorgan. Glamorgan had extended their first innings lead to 172 thanks to 44 not out from Dean Cosker, but Worcestershire retook the lead before stumps. Moeen Ali did the early run-scoring in the Pears’ second innings with 55, but Samaraweera dominated stands with Neil Pinner (13) and Michael Johnson (17 not out) as they closed on 186 for five.
Hampshire wrapped up victory by 155 runs over Loughborough MCCU. They were posed some problems by a seventh-wicket stand of 87 between Gavin Baker (52) and Dimitri Ratnayake (46) but James Vince more than trebled his career tally of first-class wickets by taking five for 41 with his medium-pace. There was also two wickets for Liam Dawson and one apiece for David Griffiths, Danny Briggs and Michael Carberry.
Durham MCCU predictably didn’t make much of a dent in their run chase of 663 on the final day at Trent Bridge and were all out for just 121. Nottinghamshire gave eight bowlers a go and seven were rewarded with wickets. Jake Ball was the pick of them, taking three for 18. Surrey’s Freddie van den Bergh top-scored with 34 from number eight but he was one of only four men to reach double figures, with the performances of the MCC universities this season giving further fuel to those who question why matches involving them should have first-class status.
day four, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Somerset at The Oval
day four, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Durham at Edgbaston
day four, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Worcestershire at Cardiff
day four, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Kent at Grace Road
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County Cricket News In Brief:
Former England and Kent captain Mike Denness has died at the age of 72 after a battle with cancer. During a long first-class career which also involved playing for Essex, Denness scored more than 25,000 runs and won six one-day trophies as Kent’s captain between 1972 and 1976. He was also an ICC match referee and passes away towards the end of his term as Kent’s president. His successor Bob Bevan remembered Denness as a man of the “utmost honesty and integrity.” More
Azhar Mahmood has signed for Surrey for the 2013 Friends Life t20 campaign. Mahmood, 38, has made his living as a Twenty20 “freelance” cricketer in recent years and parted ways with Kent at the end of last season. The former Pakistan all-rounder played for Surrey between 2002 and 2007 and his signing was greeted as something of a homecoming by Surrey coach Chris Adams. Mahmood qualifies as a non-overseas player and will join a star-studded line-up that could see Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Kevin Pietersen all playing in the same side.
Adil Rashid looks set for a recall to the Yorkshire side for their next Championship fixture against Durham on Wednesday after impressing during a three-day friendly against Lancashire. The 25 year-old hit a century and took a wicket in each innings of the drawn game. That, coupled with an injury cloud hovering over regular spinner Azeem Rafiq, should see Rashid back in the starting eleven next week.
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