There were plenty of batting collapses today as Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Somerset all squandered promising positions to let their opponents back into the match on day two of fixtures in round 17 of the LV= County Championship.
Durham closed day two of their fast-moving match against Worcestershire on three for one in pursuit of 151 to win at Chester-le-Street. They had been bowled out for 234 in their first innings to earn a 114-run first innings lead, but Worcestershire fared much better second time around. Phil Hughes hit 104 and added 148 for the first wicket with Daryl Mitchell before Ben Stokes triggered a collapse. He removed Mitchell for 45, while Scott Borthwick (three for 76) and Callum Thorp (five for 59) shared eight wickets to bowl them out for 264. Worcestershire lost their last eight wickets for 69 runs.
Marcus Trescothick made his 50th first-class century as Somerset were bowled out for 247 on the second day against Sussex at Taunton. Resuming on 175 for three, the Somerset middle and lower-order struggled against Monty Panesar, who ended with seven for 60 and helped take their last seven wickets for 48 runs. However, Sussex also struggled with the bat and reached stumps on 161 for six, with Gemaal Hussain and Abdur Rehman each taking two wickets.
Warwickshire closed on 293 for eight on day two against Middlesex at Edgbaston. It was very much a day of two halves for the Bears as they romped to 175 without loss thanks to an aggressive century from Varun Chopra and a more measured 56 from Ian Westwood. However, Jim Troughton’s 50 apart, the rest of the batsmen found the going difficult as Toby Roland-Jones again impressed, taking three late wickets, as Warwickshire lost five wickets for 46 runs.
In Division Two, Leicestershire found themselves in the rare position of being on top in a County Championship match in 2012 as they bowled Hampshire out for just 181 in reply to their 356 at Grace Road. Captain Matthew Hoggard led the way with four wickets, while Alex Wyatt and Wayne White accounted for the other six visiting batsmen. Leicestershire closed their second innings on 68 for two.
Northamptonshire took control on day two against Derbyshire at Wantage Road by racking up 400 in their first innings and then reducing the Division Two leaders to 163 for five by the close. Dan Redfern was the only visiting batsman to make a significant contribution, although he departed just prior to stumps for 70 to James Middlebrook (two for 23) to further dampen Derbyshire’s spirits.
Yorkshire collapsed to James Tredwell and Matt Coles to hand Kent a 30-run victory in Group C of the Clydesdale Bank 40. Rob Key hit 101 in Kent's mediocre total of 226 for five, but the middle-order struggled against Yorkshire's spin pairing of Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq, who conceded just 76 runs from 16 overs. Andrew Gale hit 57 in Yorkshire's run chase and they looked favourites throughout the first half of their chase, only to be bowled out for 196 after a late-order batting collapse.
Wayne Parnell’s belligerent 41 off 31 balls helped the South Africans avoid an embarrassing defeat against Gloucestershire at the County Ground. The home side made 261 from their 50 overs thanks to a superb innings of 132 from top-order batsmen Dan Housego. The tourists were without their strike bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, and also rested Graeme Smith, but nevertheless Housego’s 136-ball knock was impressive. In reply, no South African batsmen bettered Parnell’s match-winning effort as Ravi Bopara took three wickets to make up for his earlier failure with the bat. The tourists, nevertheless, got home with six balls and three wickets to spare.
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Sussex at Taunton
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Hampshire at Grace Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Derbyshire at Wantage Road
Group A, CB40, Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford (1540 GMT start)
The home side are already out of contention for the semi-finals after a slow start to this year’s competition, but have chosen a full-strength eleven for the visit of the Group A leaders. Lancashire have already qualified and will be captained by Glen Chapple. They have included slow left-armers Gary Keedy and Stephen Parry in a 13-man squad alongside batsman Jordan Clark.
Weather Forecast: It will be another mostly dry day tomorrow, albeit more overcast. There will be an outside chance of catching a light shower in the west, but temperatures will remain warm, peaking at between 17 and 22 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Northamptonshire CCC have decided against taking disciplinary action against all-rounder David Willey after he called Northampton town centre a “dive” and labelled its inhabitants as “scum” on his Twitter account. Willey later apologised for any offence caused and has since closed his Twitter account.
Leicestershire have released back-up wicket-keeper Paul Dixey with immediate effect. The 24 year-old requested to be released so that he could pursue a career away from cricket.
The Tom Maynard Trust has awarded its first grants, with Surrey pace-bowlers Matt Dunn and George Edwards receiving money to allow them to play abroad this winter and Glamorgan batsman David Lloyd also receiving a grant for a similar reason. The PCA Benevolent Fund was also given £2000.
Neil McKenzie has begun discussions over extending his contract with Hampshire.
The funeral of former Lancashire president Sir Bernard Lovell will take place on 23rd August in Swettenham. Lovell passed away earlier this month at the age of 98 as was Lancashire’s president in 1996.
Northamptonshire batsmen Kyle Coetzer and Alex Wakely and all-rounder David Willey have each signed two-year contract extensions. Wakely has also been officially appointed vice-captain.
Worcestershire’s Zimbabwe-born batsman James Cameron has announced his retirement from professional cricket at the age of 26 in order to pursue at a career in the City. He had been offered a new two-year contract by the Pears.
South African David Miller says that he hopes to be able to return to Yorkshire as the county’s overseas player next season. The 23 year-old is Yorkshire’s leading run-scorer in their successful 2012 Friends Life t20 campaign.
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