Yorkshire are the new leaders of the LV= County Championship after completing victory over Derbyshire, while Middlesex and Essex look well placed for wins going into the final days of their matches at Hove and Chelmsford.
Yorkshire ascended to the top of the LV= County Championship's first division by completing victory over Derbyshire inside three days at Chesterfield. The home side did fight in their first innings after resuming on 94 for five thanks to a brisk 63 from Tom Poynton but even their total of 235 didn’t prevent Yorkshire from enforcing the follow-on. Skipper Wayne Madsen then made a century in their second innings but he received woefully inadequate support and they were all our for 269 to lose by an innings and 113 runs. Steven Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom ended with three wickets apiece.
Deposed leaders Sussex lead by just 21 runs at the close against Middlesex. They reached stumps in their second innings on 288 for six after conceding a first innings lead of 267. They looked headed for a heavy defeat, however, at 45 for four, but Luke Wright counter-attacked with an aggressive century. He ended not out on 151 off only 170 balls and added 110 with his captain Ed Joyce (47) for the fifth-wicket and 107 with Ben Brown (38) for the sixth. Monty Panesar had earlier marked a welcome return to form by helping wrap up the Middlesex first innings to end with figures of five for 95.
In Division Two, a maiden first class ton from Joe Leach gave Worcestershire a sliver of hope going into the final day against Gloucestershire. They reached stumps on 296 for eight in their second innings to lead by 152 runs. Openers Daryl Mitchell (36) and Matthew Pardoe (39) took their stand to 71 in the morning before a spell of four for 31 threatened to derail the innings. However, Leach added 109 with Thilan Samaweera (63) for the fifth-wicket and finished not out on 103. Will Gidman was the pick of the hosts’ attack with three for 72.
Jaik Mickleburgh made a mammoth 243 as Essex took control of their match against Leicestershire on day three at Chelmsford. Mickleburgh and fellow young Essex batsman Ben Foakes took their overnight fifth-wicket partnership to 270 before being parted, with Foakes making 120. The home side were finally all out for 521 to earn a lead of 156, with James Sykes the pick of the visitors’ attack with four for 176 from 43 overs. The Foxes then lost three wickets before stumps, two of them to Greg Smith, and closed with it all to do on 47 for three.
Durham hauled themselves up off the foot of the North Group of the Friends Life t20 with a last-ball win over Nottinghamshire. Gareth Breese was their batting star, hitting 32 off only 14 balls to help get the target down to eight from the final over. Ben Stokes was there at the end and finished unbeaten with a superb 72 off 48 balls. The Outlaws had earlier notched up 159 for seven as Alex Hales (41 off 31 balls), Samit Patel (33 off 19) and James Taylor (54 off 43) each made useful contributions. Off-spinners Will Smith and Ryan Pringle were the surprising picks of the home side’s bowlers, returning combined figures of 8-0-42-3.
Somerset thrashed Glamorgan to keep their hopes of progression from the Midlands/Wales/West Group very much alive. Despite the absence of their injured captain Marcus Trescothick, they posted an imposing 199 for six after being put into bat at Taunton. Most of the batsmen contributed to some degree, with Jos Buttler’s 19-ball 48 the highlight. Spinners Nathan McCullum (two for 25) and Dean Cosker (two for 18) were the comfortable picks of the Glamorgan attack. Jim Allenby was the only man to prosper in the visitors’ run chase, hitting 69 off 39 balls, as they were all out for 135. Leg-spinner Max Waller took four for 27.
Defending champions Hampshire regained their place at the top of the South Group. Left-armers Chris Wood (two for 21) and Sohail Tanvir (one for 28) helped restrict Surrey to 126 for six after they had elected to bat. Zafar Ansari top-scored with just 29, while Dimitri Mascarenhas (two for 33) and Danny Briggs (one for 22) were the other wicket takers. The Royals eased to victory in the penultimate over to win by seven wickets, with all of their top five reaching double figures.
day four, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Middlesex at Hove
day four, LV=CCD2, Essex v Leicestershire at Chelmsford
day four, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Worcestershire at Cheltenham
Mid/Wales/West Group, FLt20, Warwickshire v Northamptonshire at Edgbaston (1300 BST start)
The Bears desperately need a win and will hope to extend their recent upturn in form in the LV= County Championship across to the Friends Life t20. They have named a 13-man squad that includes veteran Darren Maddy, wicket-keepers Freddie Coleman and Pete Mckay, and left-arm spinner Paul Best.
Warwickshire squad: Varun Chopra (captain), William Porterfield, Laurie Evans, Darren Maddy, Rikki Clarke, Freddie Coleman, Chris Woakes, Ateeq Javid, Steffan Piolet, Jeetan Patel, Boyd Rankin, Paul Best, Pete McKay.
Table-toppers Northamptonshire are unchanged as they look to continue their good run in the competition.
Northamptonshire squad: Richard Levi, Kyle Coetzer, Cameron White, Alex Wakely (captain), Steven Crook, David Willey, Matthew Spriegel, James Middlebrook, David Murphy, Lee Daggett, Mohammad Azharullah, Rob Keogh, Ben Duckett.
Weather Forecast: It may be slightly cooler tomorrow due to the cloud being more widespread and taking longer to burn off than it has done of late. It will still be warm, however, peaking at around 25 degrees Celsius in the west and 23 elsewhere.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Derbyshire CCC have been fined £1000 for fielding two unregistered players in recent county matches. An ECB commission looked into the matter and found that the club were guilty of no more than an administrative oversight.
Yorkshire have confirmed that top-order batsman Phil Jaques will be out for at least the next four weeks after sustaining a muscle tear during the ongoing match against Derbyshire.
The Surrey Cricket Board are launching the county’s first deaf cricket club. Named the Surrey Deaf County Cricket Club, it will be based at Woking and Horsell CC and coached by John Matthews.
Worcestershire have said that they will not be renewing the contracts of youngsters Neil Pinner and Steve Leach. Pinner has played several first-team games for the club but has been out of favour in recent times, while Leach was on a summer scholarship that has not been renewed.
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