There were wins for Somerset and Essex as the eleventh round of the LV= County Championship continued to draw to a close around the country. Over at Headingley, Yorkshire managed a draw despite the best efforts of Gary Keedy.
Somerset recorded their first win in this season’s LV= County Championship, beating Derbyshire by four-wickets on a tense final day at Derby. The home side squandered the advantage of their hard-fought 50-run first innings lead by being bowled out for 94 in their second. Resuming on 36 for two, Craig Meschede took three wickets, while Steven Kirby added two to his haul yesterday to end with figures of four for 18.
That left Somerset needing 145 in the fourth innings and it wasn’t plain sailing in spite of an opening stand of 60 between Marcus Trescothick and axed England Test opener Nick Compton. Following Trescothick’s departure to Jonathan Clare, the all-rounder took four more wickets in quick succession as Somerset slipped to 137 for six. Compton was among his victims, but not before he had top-scored with a fluent and crucial 56, while Peter Trego ended on 16 not out.
The match between Surrey and Yorkshire at Headingley ended in the expected draw as the home side opted against anything remotely daring on the final day. They were all out for 254 to set Surrey 335 in the fourth innings. They faced just two overs before the teams shook hands. In truth, Gary Keedy had threatened to take the matter out of Yorkshire’s hands, helping to reduce them to 114 for five at one point, before Adil Rashid (45) and Liam Plunkett (68) led a recovery. Keedy ended with seven for 99 - welcome wickets to end what had, thus far, been a barren start to his Surrey career.
Nottinghamshire reached stumps on day three against Sussex on 223 for six at Trent Bridge. James Taylor is unbeaten on 81 and added 91 with his captain Chris Read (45) for the fifth-wicket after they had been reduced to 106 for four from 63 for none by Chris Jordan (four for 61). Sussex had earlier finally declared their first innings at 506 for five with Ed Joyce undefeated with 204 and Rory Hamilton-Brown making 113.
In Division Two, Essex were able to complete victory over Leicestershire late on day four at Grace Road. They chased down their target of 161 with four wickets and 22 balls to spare. Victory looked far from certain when Alex Wyatt had helped reduce them to 47 for four with a triple-strike, but contributions from Mark Pettini (25), Ryan ten Doeschate (37 not out), James Foster (42) and Graham Napier (13 not out) saw them home. Ten Doeschate had earlier ended with four for 28 as Leicestershire could make just 214 in their second innings; Jigar Naik top-scoring with an unbeaten 47.
Northamptonshire moved up to second in Group A of the Yorkshire Bank 40 after thrashing Worcestershire by seven wickets at Wantage Road. The Pears were ponderous in compiling 187 for eight, with the Steelbacks then romping to victory thanks to Kyle Coetzer and Alex Wakley. Coetzer completed a century and was the dominant partner in a third-wicket stand of 121 with his captain.
Earlier, Tom Fell, in ony his second List A match, had helped Worcestershire recover from 90 for five during a sixth-wicket stand of 52 with Aneesh Kapil (28) before becoming one of four wickets for Mohammad Azharullah.
day four, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Trent Bridge
Weather Forecast: The forecast is for mostly sunny weather tomorrow at Trent Bridge as Sussex try to force a win. There will be patchy cloud, especially in the afternoon, but only an outside chance of catching a shower. Temperatures will peak at around 18 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Kent are close to signing South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander as an overseas player for the forthcoming Friends Life t20 according to Kent Online. Chief executive Jamie Clifford had revealed that the club were close to finalising an agreement with an unknown player during a video interview last week.
Somerset have signed former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat to complete their line-up of overseas players for the competition. He will join Alviro Petersen at Taunton, with the South African now back to replace his stand-in Dean Elgar following his stint in South Africa’s ICC Champions Trophy squad.
Glamorgan will play a warm-up match against a team made up of the best players from the local South Wales Premier League on Tuesday as they step up their preparation for the event. Former Glamorgan batsman Alun Evans will lead the club cricketers, who have also included sometime Unicorns all-rounder Brad Wadlan and former Glamorgan all-rounder Richard Grant in their squad. Surrey, meanwhile, gave their overseas player in the competition, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, a run out in a second eleven 40-over game today. Also playing were Jason Roy, Zafar Ansari and Azhar Mahmood, while Shaun Tait played for opponents Essex.
Durham head coach Geoff Cook remains in a coma in Durham City’s Dryburn Hospital following a heart attack on Thursday. There have reportedly been slight signs of improvement but he remains in a critical condition.
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