On another day of action in the LV= County Championship, Nottinghamshire prevented Durham from retaking the top spot in Division One and Middlesex and Essex enjoyed productive days in the battle for promotion from Division Two. Daniel Grummitt reports.
Shiv Chanderpaul was left unbeaten on 167 at the close of the second day’s play at Headingley. Replying to Yorkshire’s first innings total of 297, Warwickshire lost both openers inside the first five overs, but Chanderpaul and Laurie Evans (30) repaired the situation before two more wickets left them on 115 for four just after lunch. It was then that Chanderpaul and Tim Ambrose shared the defining partnership of the day as they put on 111 for the fifth wicket before the former England wicket-keeper fell for a fluent 66. Chanderpaul continued to press on however and bought up his 57th first-class century to allow Warwickshire to close on 340 for six.
Durham suffered a hiccup on their quest for their third title in four years as they lost by 67 runs to defending champions Nottinghamshire on the third day at Trent Bridge. Resuming on a precarious 44 for three, Paul Collingwood and Mark Stoneman (74) took the score to 118 to give the visitors hope. However, the fall of Collingwood for 33 started a steady trickle of wickets that would continue throughout the afternoon, with Andre Adams (three for 54) and Graeme White (four for 72) doing the bulk of the damage. Mark Wood made a brave unbeaten 45 from only 33 balls but by then it was too late.
Worcestershire dominated what should have been the second day of their basement battle clash against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl. With the first day completely abandoned to rain, the visitors wasted little time in reducing Hampshire to 79 for six with Richard Jones taking three wickets to remove the top-order. Chris Wood (36) and returning captain Dominic Cork (22) then improved things slightly for the home side but Gareth Andrew and Alan Richardson joined Jones in ending with three wickets to dismiss them for 179. The Pears then compounded the Royals’ misery by closing on 112 for one.
With James Taylor away with England, it has been left to the lesser known and unrelated Robert Taylor to keep Leicestershire in touch with Surrey in their Division Two match at Grace Road. He followed his first day 70, with three wickets on the second day as Leicestershire bowled the visitors out for 343 in reply to their 167. Steven Davies hit his ninth first-class century for Surrey in the morning session but no other visiting batsmen could make 50 as Taylor and Shiv Thakor took six wickets with their medium pace. The home side closed the day on 66 for two in their second innings to trail by 110 runs.
Middlesex ended day two at Wantage Road with their noses just in front in the top of the table clash against Northamptonshire. Rob Newton hit a career-best 113 for the home side, but he found little support from the other batsmen as they were bowled out for 276, with Corey Collymore and former Northants all-rounder Steven Crook each taking three wickets. Scott Newman and the increasingly reliable Sam Robson put on 143 for the first wicket in the Middlesex reply, before Chaminda Vaas and James Middlebrook both struck late in the day to leave them on 149 for two.
17 wickets fell on the first day’s play at Chelmsford as the home side, needing a win to have any hope of promotion, prepared a bowler-friendly pitch against Derbyshire. Essex won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat, and they were immediately rewarded with the wickets of both openers. Wes Durston then led a brief fightback on his way to 48 but Derbyshire never really got going and were all out for just 132, with all of the home side’s seamers in the wickets. Essex’s reply began just as badly, with both their openers dismissed with just one run on the board. However, Ryan ten Doeschate ended with an unbeaten 54 to help them to stumps on 173 for seven and a give them a 41-run lead.
Somerset left themselves on the brink of a Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-final place following a comprehensive victory over Gloucestershire on the Duckworth Lewis method. Jos Buttler showcased his all-round credentials with a swashbuckling 63 from 39 balls, four catches and a run-out during the visitors’ 59-run win. He was the top-scorer when Somerset posted 210 for eight from a reduced 30 overs and took three catches from the fiery Steve Kirby as Gloucestershire were reduced to 70 for six before the rain came.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures (start times in brackets where applicable)
Day Three, LV= CCD1, Hampshire v Worcestershire at The Rose Bowl
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Headingley
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Derbyshire at Chelmsford
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Surrey at Grace Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Middlesex at Wantage Road
Tour Match, Sussex v Indians at Hove (1015)
Sussex have chosen to rest Michael Yardy and will be without Ed Joyce, who is away with Ireland. They included youngsters Matt Machan and Will Beer in a 13-man squad. The tourists are likely to rest many of their senior players, with new boys Ajinkya Rahane and Varun Aaron, along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, expected to start.
County News in Brief
Kent coach Paul Farbrace has indicated that the club have given up on signing Harry Gurney.
Essex have agreed a new two-year contract with Tymal Mills.
Warwickshire are eyeing up Jeetan Patel as their overseas player for next year after their preferred choice, Marcus North, signed for Glamorgan.
Lancashire coach Peter Moores has denied reports that Gary Keedy has signed for Warwickshire.
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