County Cricket Round-Up - 19th May
Chris Dent was the unexpected star of the day in the Yorkshire Bank 40. Boasting a previous highest one-day score of just 36, Dent struck 151 not out off only 113 balls to help Gloucestershire to a narrow win over Glamorgan. Elsewhere, Hampshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Somerset all triumphed.
Defending champions Hampshire moved to the top of Group B of the Yorkshire Bank 40 with a five-wicket win over Durham. Durham slipped to 45 for four after being asked to bat but recovered to post 241 for eight from a reduced 36 overs thanks to an innings of 87 off 71 balls from Ben Stokes. Will Smith added useful late impetus with a 35-ball 50, while Chris Wood was the pick of the Hampshire attack with three for 37. The Royals lost James Vince second ball to Smith’s off-spin, but Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams put on 133 to form the backbone of their run chase. Adams was finally out for 67, but Carberry stayed until near the end, eventually out four short of his century.
Lancashire could only make 176 for nine at Old Trafford but that still proved too much for an out-of-form Surrey. Left-arm spinner Stephen Parry shone with five for 17 from his eight overs as Surrey were all out for 169, with Zander de Bruyn (37) and Steven Davies (36) the only men to get going. Lancashire had earlier been hit by the late withdrawal of their captain Simon Katich owing to a back spasm, meaning that Paul Horton skippered the side. They struggled throughout their innings as Gareth Batty took three wickets and Jon Lewis and Chris Tremlett a brace apiece. Karl Brown played the defining knock of the day, hitting 80 off 84 balls to act as the glue in the home side’s middle-order.
Gloucestershire won a high-scoring Group C game against Glamorgan off the back of a maiden List A century from Chris Dent. He hit 151 not out off only 113 balls as the Gladiators racked up 288 for five from their 40 overs. Glamorgan then lost three early wickets as James Fuller (three for 42) struck twice, but Mark Wallace gave them hope. He hit an unbeaten century of his own and added useful stands with Jim Allenby (39 off 33 balls), Murray Goodwin (36 off 36) and Graham Wagg (54 off 31). Ultimately, though, it wasn’t enough and Glamorgan ended up eight runs short of their target on 281 for six.
Somerset bounced back from Championship misery with a comfortable six-wicket win over Middlesex at Taunton. Four wickets from Steve Kirby and three from Max Waller helped restrict the visitors to 252 for nine, with Joe Denly’s 60 the highest score. The powerful Somerset batting line-up then set to work, with Peter Trego blasting a typically belligerent 81 off only 67 deliveries and sharing 110 in less than 15 overs with Arul Suppiah (60 off 53 balls) for the second-wicket. The home side eventually reached their target in the 36th over, with James Hildreth (37 off 42 balls) and Jos Buttler (23 off 12) the not out batsmen.
Yorkshire were pushed hard by the Unicorns in Chesterfield as they bounced back from 24 for two to chase down their target of 190 with seven balls to spare. Former Kent seamer Warren Lee removed both of their openers, before contributions from the middle-order followed. Phil Jaques (25) and Gary Ballance (44) added 56 for the third-wicket, with Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid (32) then putting on a further 55 for the fifth. Lyth ended not out on 58 off 60 balls with Andrew Hodd on 11. Left-arm spinner Luke Beaven returned tidy figures of two for 29 from eight overs for the nominal home side. They had earlier found the going tough after electing to bat as Richard Pyrah took three wickets and Steven Patterson and Adil Rashid two apiece. A late 38 not out off 26 balls from Aneurin Norman, though, at least helped them post a competitive total.
Tomorrow’s Fixture: (starts at 1000 GMT)
Group A, YB40, Netherlands v Sussex at Schiedam
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow in the Netherlands will be overcast with the likelihood of showers throughout the day. Winds will be light and temperatures will peak at around 12 degrees Celsius.
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