The nation’s county cricketers were again left dodging the showers as the eleventh round of the LV= County Championship continued. Worcestershire were left three wickets from victory heading into the final day against Glamorgan, while elsewhere the matches at Grace Road and Derby are evenly poised at the halfway point.
Somerset closed a truncated second day at Derby on 180 for six in reply to the home side’s 266. Marcus Trescothick top-scored for the visitors with 50, while Dean Elgar made 26 and James Hildreth 36. The pick of the Derbyshire attack was Tony Palladino, who ended with four for 75 from 22 overs. Tim Groenewald claimed the other two wickets to fall.
The opening day of the match between Nottinghamshire and Sussex at Trent Bridge was badly affected by the weather. Only 25 overs were bowled, with Sussex reaching 91 for one. Their openers Chris Nash and Luke Wells put on 69 prior to the latter’s departure to Andre Adams for 39.
Surrey lost Arun Harinath to Jack Brooks for 36 late on day two at Headingley. They reached stumps on 53 for one after Yorkshire had declared their first innings at 433 for nine. Andrew Gale had added 34 to his overnight 114 before being bowled by Gary Keedy, while Liam Plunkett hit 51 from number eight. Tim Linley and Jon Lewis finished with three wickets apiece.
In Division Two, Matthew Hoggard marked his return to first-team action for Leicestershire by taking four Essex wickets on day two at Grace Road. He caused the visitors to slip to 28 for four at the start of their first innings, but they rallied and closed on 196 for six. Mark Pettini hit 72 and added 85 with Ryan ten Doeschate (40) and 78 with James Foster, who then ended on 45 not out. Graham Napier had earlier ended with career-best figures of seven for 90 as Leicestershire were all out in their first innings for 302, with Michael Thornely’s 53 ensuring that they earnt a third bonus point.
Worcestershire were held up in their search for victory by Will Owen and Jim Allenby on the third day at New Road. After bowling out the visitors for 277 in their first innings, they then had them 129 for seven in their second as Jack Shantry took four wickets. However, Owen (34 not out) and Allenby (53 not out) shared an unbroken 71. Allenby had earlier top-scored with 82 in Glamorgan’s first innings but he wasn’t able to prevent them from being asked to follow-on. They trail by 28 runs going into the final day.
Durham chased down their slightly revised target of 218 to move to the top of Group B of the Yorkshire Bank 40 following a comfortable six-wicket win over defending champions Hampshire. Phil Mustard and Scott Borthwick added 163 for the second-wicket to do most of the scoring during their run chase. Mustard made 92 off 90 balls, while Borthwick almost doubled his previous List A best in making 80 off 82 balls. Chris Rushworth had earlier taken five for 42 from his eight overs to help restrict the Royals to 224 for nine from their 40. Liam Dawson was the only one of their batsmen to pass 50 and added late impetus to the innings with a 46-ball 69.
There was high drama on day two at Bristol as 18 wickets fell, leaving Gloucestershire on 162 for three in their pursuit of 321 to complete a remarkable win over Australia A. Their first innings had ended at 122 in the morning as Chadd Sayers returned figures of five for 24 to leave them trailing by 209. However, Australia A re-jigged their batting order to allow the middle-order time at the crease, only for the move to backfire spectacularly as they were bundled out for 111. James Fuller effected two run-outs, while Will Gidman took four for 25 as only four Aussie batsmen reached double figures. Chris Dent then hit 56 to ensure that Gloucestershire began their run chase brightly, with Dan Christian unbeaten on 40 with 159 more runs required for victory tomorrow.
day three, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Somerset at Derby
day two, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Trent Bridge
day three, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Surrey at Headingley
day three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Essex at Grace Road
day four, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Glamorgan at New Road
day three, Tour Match, Gloucestershire v Australia A at Bristol
Group C, YB40, Unicorns v Middlesex at Southend-on-Sea (1345 BST start)
Middlesex squad: Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly, Adam Voges, Adam Rossington, Neil Dexter (captain), Gareth Berg, Ollie Rayner, Tom Helm, Toby Roland-Jones, Tim Murtagh, Gurjit Sandhu, Josh Davey.
Weather Forecast: There will again be plenty of showers tomorrow, with only occasional sunny spells. The winds will again be quite strong making the temperatures, peaking at between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius, feel even cooler than that.
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