There were two eight-wicket hauls in the LV= County Championship as the seventh round got into full swing today. Alan Richardson has now taken 20 wickets in his last three bowls after starring against Kent and now Gloucestershire, while Steve Magoffin added to Somerset’s Championship woes by leading their humbling for 76.
Middlesex lost two early wickets as they closed on 11 for two after bowling out title rivals Durham for 259 at Chester-le-Street. Corey Collymore proved himself a more than adequate replacement for Tim Murtagh and took four for 61, while there were three wickets for James Harris and two for Gareth Berg. Durham lost Mark Stoneman early but Scott Borthwick (52) and the recalled Keaton Jennings put on 101 (38) for the second-wicket. There was also a knock of 37 from Will Smith and one of 62 from Phil Mustard.
Steve Magoffin returned the scarcely believable figures of eight for 20 from 11 overs to lead Sussex’s demolition of an out-of-form Somerset at Horsham. Only three Somerset batsmen reached double figures as they were routed for 76 in just 22.4 overs. Rory Hamilton-Brown then made a sprightly 77 from 90 balls as Sussex closed in their reply on 298 for nine. Chris Nash (46) and Luke Wells (30) had added 83 for the first-wicket, but Alfonso Thomas kept the visitors interested by taking four wickets. There were two apiece for Peter Trego and Steve Kirby.
In Division Two, Kent reached stumps on 20 for one shortly after dismissing Essex for 212 at Chelmsford. Essex openers Tom Westley (30) and Jaik Mickleburgh (37) added 67 but a collapse of five for 10 followed as Mark Davies (three for 31) and Charlie Shreck (three for 61) wreaked havoc. Graham Napier and James Foster led a recovery with a seventh-wicket partnership of 88 before Darren Stevens wrapped up the tail to end with four for 36.
Glamorgan dominated the second day against Leicestershire at Grace Road, first racking up 442 for nine in their first innings and then bowling out the home side for just 142. Jim Allenby ended on 138 not out as Glamorgan progressed from their overnight 256 for five. He and Graham Wagg did the bulk of the run scoring, adding 117 for the seventh-wicket before Wagg was leg before the Jigar Naik for 58. Michael Hogan and John Glover then each took four wickets as Leicestershire were skittled. Captain Josh Cobb top-scored with 29, but only one other batsman passed 20.
Worcestershire had the better of day one against Gloucestershire, closing on 65 without loss after Alan Richardson had shone with the ball to dismiss the visitors for 234. He followed up his 12 wickets against Kent by returning career-best figures of eight for 37 from 21.3 overs. First he removed Michael Klinger and Dan Housego in single figures before Chris Dent (29) and Alex Gidman began a recovery with a third-wicket partnership of 52. However, Richardson kept taking wickets throughout and, despite six Gloucestershire batsmen reaching double figures, none were able to reach 50.
A young Surrey side closed on 32 for one after bowling out Oxford MCCU for 212 at The Parks. It was the experienced Chris Tremlett, though, who led the bowling effort. The 2010-11 Ashes winner took five for 39, including dismissing four of the Oxford top five. He had Wilfred Marriott leg before fourth ball and also had top-scorer Tom Fell caught for 56 and Ben Williams bowled for 43.
day two, LV=CCD1, Durham v Middlesex at Chester-le-Street
day two, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Somerset at Horsham
day two, LV=CCD2, Essex v Kent at Chelmsford
day one, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Lancashire at Southampton
day three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Glamorgan at Grace Road
day two, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Gloucestershire at New Road
Group A, YB40, Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston (1640 BST, 1540 GMT start)
The Bears have named a 12-man squad for the visit of Nottinghamshire. Chris Woakes, Chris Wright and Boyd Rankin are all included in what is a strong pace attack.
Warwickshire squad: Jim Troughton (captain), Varun Chopra, Tim Ambrose, Darren Maddy, Rikki Clarke, Chris Woakes, Tom Milnes, Steffan Piolet, Jeetan Patel, Chris Wright, Boyd Rankin, Ateeq Javid.
Nottinghamshire welcome back Chris Read to skipper the side after he missed the Championship game against Surrey due to a stiff neck. James Taylor returns to the YB40 side after missing the match against Worcestershire due to England Lions commitments. He replaces Ed Cowan.
Nottinghamshire XI: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Riki Wessels, Chris Read (captain), Steven Mullaney, Graeme White, Andy Carter, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney.
day two, MCCU match, Oxford MCCU v Surrey at The Parks (non first-class)
day one, MCCU match, Loughborough MCCU v Northamptonshire at Loughborough (non first-class)
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will start dry but showers will bubble up throughout the afternoon. In between there will be sunny spells but temperatures will be low thanks to the strong northerly wind, peaking at around 10 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Cricket Derbyshire have announced their three official charity partners for 2013. They are Sight Support Derbyshire, Derbyshire Community Foundation and the Air Ambulance. The charities will join forces with Cricket Derbyshire to explore the opportunity of hosting joint fundraising events. They will also received signed cricket memorabilia and will benefit from increased promotion.
Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen has joined a charity initiative of his own. County Championship sponsors LV= will give £250 to his chosen charity Sands - the stillbirth and neonatal death charity - if Madsen displays an LV= sticker on his bats for the remainder of the season. Other cricketers who have already agreed to the initiative are Leicestershire’s Michael Thornely, Warwickshire’s Tim Ambrose, and Northamptonshire’s James Middlebrook.
Leicestershire have awarded county caps to off-spinner Jigar Naik and batsman Matthew Boyce.
Hampshire all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas has signed to play for Mourant Ozannes in the Guernsey Premier League. Former Hampshire wicket-keeper Nic Pothas is Guernsey’s director of cricket. Other county cricketers involved are Sussex leg-spinner Will Beer, Warwickshire all-rounder Darren Maddy, and former Yorkshire batsman Anthony McGrath. The three-team event starts on 31st May.
Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory has been diagnosed with a small tear in a muscle on his left side and is out of action for the next few weeks. The county’s director of cricket Dave Nosworthy said, “He will possibly become available in the coming weeks as a batsman, but is most probably still a few more weeks away from bowling.”
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