The demise of Somerset in very much the talking point on the county circuit at the moment, with the county giving further ammunition to their critics by collapsing for 108 to lose inside two days to Sussex. Elsewhere, Worcestershire built on Alan Richardson’s eight-wicket haul yesterday thanks to a Moeen Ali century, while Durham took the upper hand over Middlesex.
Somerset collapsed for the second time in as many days to lose by an innings and 116 runs to Sussex at Horsham. Steve Magoffin was again their chief destroyer, taking four for 11 from 12.3 overs to add to his eight wickets yesterday as they were bowled out for 108 after Sussex had earnt a 224-run first innings lead. James Anyon and Chris Jordan also picked up five wickets between them, with Monty Panesar dismissing top-scorer Jos Buttler for 29. Magoffin’s match figures of 12 for 31 are the best by a Sussex bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed took 13 for 225 in 2007. The win puts Sussex top of Division One, with Somerset perilously close to the relegation zone. Only Surrey and Derbyshire are below them but they have both played one less game.
Durham reached stumps on day two exactly 100 runs ahead of Middlesex at Chester-le-Street after closing in their second innings on 37 for none. Middlesex had been bowled out for 196 earlier as Graham Onions took five for 39. Onions helped reduce the visitors to 35 for five at one point, but Neil Dexter (52) and John Simpson (42) began a recovery with a sixth-wicket stand of 68, while James Harris chipped in with 37 from number nine.
In Division Two, Worcestershire built on Alan Richardson’s efforts yesterday to close on 302 for three - a lead of 68 runs over Gloucestershire. Moeen Ali ended on 122 not out and added 173 with Matthew Pardoe for the second-wicket following the left-hander’s opening stand of 90 with his captain Daryl Mitchell, who made 63. Pardoe was eventually bowled by James Fuller for 89, but Ali reached three figures off 130 balls.
Leicestershire were forced to follow-on against Glamorgan, but closed strongly on 133 for one second time around. Greg Smith added 93 with opening partner Michael Thornely (43) and then an unbroken 40 with Ned Eckersley (23 not out) and finished on 62 not out. Mike Reed was the man responsible for Glamorgan’s sole success on a rain-affected day.
Kent bounced back from a poor start to close two runs ahead of Essex on 214 for five at Chelmsford. They found themselves 43 for four following Sam Northeast’s departure for 31, but fought hard thereafter. Ben Harmison (55) and Darren Stevens both hit half-centuries, sharing a stand worth 145 for the fifth-wicket, with Stevens ending not out nine short of his century.
Andrea Agathangelou, playing his first game of the season for Lancashire’s first-team, hit 93 not out on day one against Hampshire. The 23 year-old from South Africa with Cypriot heritage helped the visitors recover from their mauling in the Yorkshire Bank 40 last night to close on 252 for nine. Stephen Moore (30) and Luke Procter (53) began well for Lancashire, adding 54 for the first-wicket, but the home side kept taking wickets regularly following Moore’s dismissal with only Agathangelou standing firm. David Balcombe ended the day with five for 92, while there were two wickets for James Tomlinson. Michael Bates is making his maiden Championship appearance of 2013 for Hampshire owing to Adam Wheater’s side injury.
Surrey’s young batting line-up struggled on day two at The Parks as sometime Kent seamer Ben Kemp took four for 38 for Oxford MCCU. Surrey closed on 169 for seven in pursuit of the home side’s 212 with only Arun Harinath standing firm to end on 67 not out.
A second-string Northamptonshire reached stumps on a shortened opening day against Loughborough MCCU on 165 for five. Openers Kyle Coetzer and Rob Keogh added 79 in less than 15 overs, but Keogh’s departure for a sparkling 56 off just 43 balls, triggered something of a collapse. Seam-bowler Stu Whittingham took four for 56 from 13 overs as Northamptonshire lost five wickets for 75 runs.
Nottinghamshire had the better of a rain-interrupted Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Warwickshire, running out winners by seven wickets via the Duckworth Lewis method. Michael Lumb got the Notts run chase off to a flying start with 57 off 41 balls, while James Taylor completed the job and ended on 39 off 43 balls. The Outlaws' run chase was held up by a rain shower late in the piece, but Taylor and Riki Wessels returned to get the 21 needed with nine balls to spare.
Rikki Clarke had earlier top-scored in a Warwickshire innings that was twice interrupted by rain. He hit 59 off 48 balls to follow up Varun Chopra's effort of 42 off 54 balls as they made 186 for seven from a reduced 30 overs.
day three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Middlesex at Chester-le-Street
day three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Kent at Chelmsford
day two, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Lancashire at Southampton
day four, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Glamorgan at Grace Road
day three, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Gloucestershire at New Road
day three, MCCU match, Oxford MCCU v Surrey at The Parks (non first-class)
day two, MCCU match, Loughborough MCCU v Northamptonshire at Loughborough (non first-class)
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be another showery day with most of the country seeing rain at some point. To begin with, the rain will be in the east before moving south, and then isolated showers are expected virtually anywhere in late afternoon. Temperatures will again be subdued, peaking at between eight and 12 degrees Celsius.
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