The relegation tussle between Durham and Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street yielded 19 wickets on the first day. Elsewhere, as the 17th round of the LV= County Championship began, Somerset did enough to keep their faint hopes of a maiden title alive at Taunton, while favourites Warwickshire had the better of the opening day against Middlesex.
Worcestershire were dealt an early double blow before their match even began against Durham with the news that Stephen Peters and Luke Evans would miss out because of back injuries. Things hardly improved thereafter as they were bowled out for just 120, with Matthew Pardoe’s 36 the highest individual contribution as Chris Rushworth took five wickets and Graham Onions three. Gareth Andrew, however, kept Durham within reach and ended the day with five for 74 as the home side closed on 215 for nine, with Ben Stokes’ 78 by far the highest score.
Marcus Trescothick led Somerset to stumps on 175 for three on a shortened opening day against Sussex at Taunton. He returned to action after missing Sunday’s CB40 match in order to rest his troublesome ankle and ended on 89 not out. Monty Panesar took two wickets for the visitors as he toiled manfully through 17 overs of tidy left-arm spin.
Middlesex were bowled out for 287 after being asked to bat by Championship leaders Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Sam Robson hit 60 and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 73 with Neil Dexter, who then added a further 95 with wicket-keeper Adam Rossington (29) for the fifth-wicket. Dexter finally fell for 101 as one of three wickets for Boyd Rankin, while on-loan spinner Ian Blackwell marked his Bears four-day debut by taking four wickets. Warwickshire reached stumps on 21 for none in their first innings.
In Division Two, Leicestershire’s batsmen put in an encouraging performance against Hampshire on the first day at Grace Road. They closed on 334 for eight, with one-day captain Josh Cobb top-scoring with 82. He was one of three men to pass 50 and added 76 for the fifth-wicket with Matthew Boyce (32) to help them recover from a shaky start. Shiv Thakor and Wayne White then added 109 for the seventh-wicket, with Thakor ending on 71 not out and White falling to James Tomlinson (three for 59) for 53.
Rob Newton hit 115 as Northamptonshire closed on 311 for six against Derbyshire at Wantage Road. The home side lost Kyle Coetzer in the third over to Tony Palladino, but Niall O’Brien led the recovery with 41. Newton, though, added the biggest partnership of the day with James Middlebrook – sharing 69 with the all-rounder in little more than 16 overs towards the end of the day.
The Clydesdale Bank 40 match held in memory of Tom Maynard between Surrey and Glamorgan at The Oval was a relatively one-sided affair. The home side posted a repsectable 219 for nine from their 40 overs thanks to a fighting 51 from Matthew Sprigel - a total that proved to be more than enough. Glamorgan were bowled out for just 126, with Gareth Batty taking three for four from two overs and being ably supported by his fellow spinners.
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Durham v Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Sussex at Taunton
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Hampshire at Grace Road
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Wantage Road
Group C, CB40, Kent v Yorkshire at Canterbury (1540 GMT start)
Kent have two matches and know that if they can win both then they are guaranteed a semi-final spot. Yorkshire are out of contention following Sunday’s defeat to Sussex.
One-Day Tour Match, Gloucestershire v South Africans at Bristol
The home side have included Ravi Bopara in their 12-man squad after his county, Essex, came to an agreement with England and Gloucestershire. The contest will give Bopara a chance to play another match before the ODI series begins against South Africa. Essex have no more fixtures scheduled before then and Bopara was understood to be keen to play following a break from the game owing to personal problems. Other than that, Gloucestershire have named a full strength squad, which is led by Alex Gidman and includes New Zealand international Rob Nicol.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with occasional light showers in the afternoon. Temperatures will peak at between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Nottinghamshire have extended the contract of Andre Adams until the end of the 2014 season. Adams is the leading wicket-taker in the LV= County Championship this season.
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