Many of today’s matches in the Friends Life twenty 20 were affected by the weather, as a band of rain swept across the UK from the south-west. In the matches where a result was possible, Durham thrashed Lancashire and Middlesex beat Kent on the Duckworth/Lewis method at Uxbridge. Daniel Grummitt reports.
James Anderson endured a miserable time on his return to Lancashire colours, as he conceded 54 runs from his four overs during his side’s loss to Durham at Chester-le-Street. Phil Mustard got the Dynamos off to a brisk start with 36 from 26 balls, with skipper Dale Benkenstein then taking over the reins, as he made 60 from 34 balls, to take the hosts up to an imposing 200 for six from their 20 overs. Lancashire started well; reaching 35 for one after three overs, but Liam Plunkett cut a swath through the middle-order to finish with five for 31 and hand his team a comprehensive 83 run victory.
Only one innings was possible in Nottinghamshire’s local derby against Leicestershire with the home team reaching 188 for six from their 20 overs before the heavens opened. David Hussey and Adam Voges (31 from 27) shared a stand of 94 for the Outlaws with Hussey eventually falling for a 37 ball 73. Harry Gurney was the pick of the Foxes attack, taking two for 27 from his four overs, as the angle created by his left-arm seamers proved too much for Riki Wessels, who skied a catch to cover, and Steven Mullaney.
Rain intervened even earlier at Edgbaston, with only 18 overs of play possible in Warwickshire’s match against Yorkshire. The home side were put in to bat by Andrew Gale, and made 138 for five before the inevitable rain arrived, with captain James Troughton left high (but not dry!) on 49 not out.
Worcestershire’s match against Derbyshire was even worse affected, and abandoned without the players so much as setting foot on the field, with the New Road ground, because of its westerly position, one of the first to be caught by the band of rain.
The South Group fared little better as Essex’s highly anticipated match against Surrey was abandoned – also without a ball bowled – albeit with a toss, as the rain intervened just moments before the scheduled start.
Middlesex just about managed to complete enough overs in the second innings of their match against Kent to record a win at Uxbridge. Batting first, Kent made 149 for three, with Joe Denly carrying his bat to end on 84 not out from 64 balls, and Martin van Jaarsveld making an unbeaten 43 from 32 balls, as they shared a stand of 96 for the fourth wicket. The home side lost debutant, and England Under-19 player, Adam Rossington for a duck, but a powerful 51 from only 23 balls from Paul Stirling saw them reach 79 for one from eight overs when the rains came. They were adjudged winners by 28 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method.
Somerset’s match against Sussex was abandoned eight balls short of the minimum overs required for a result at Taunton. In a match already reduced to 15 overs aside, the hosts made an impressive 177 for four, as Marcus Trescothick underlined his enduring class with an unbeaten 87 from 39 balls. Kieron Pollard (40 not out from 18) and James Hildreth (39 from 21) also contributed, but it was all in vain, with the rain arriving with Sussex on 40 for two in the fourth over of the run chase.
Hampshire played through the showers at The Rose Bowl to beat Gloucestershire by 16 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method. After being put in to bat by stand-in captain Kane Williamson, the Royals made 139 for seven from their 20 overs with Jimmy Adams top-scoring with 47 from 33 balls. The Gladiators’ spin attack of Kane Williamson (two for 18); Muttiah Muralitharan (two for 15) and Ed Young (one for 19) prospered on a used pitch and strangled the life out of the Hampshire middle-order. Gloucestershire started brightly in reply, but Shahid Afridi took five for 20, with spin again the order of the day; Danny Briggs (one for 25) and Imran Tahir (one for 20) also starring.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures (Start times in brackets where applicable)
Day 1, LV=CCD2, Essex v Northamptonshire at Chelmsford
The home side have named an extended 15 man squad as they take on table-toppers Northamptonshire. Tymal Mills and Tom Craddock are both included after featuring against the touring Sri Lankans, with Billy Godleman also back after being dropped from the Championship side. Tim Southee is unavailable as he does not have a NOC granting him permission to play in the Championship. Northamptonshire will be hoping to carry on their good form after thrashing Leicestershire at the start of the week.
North Group, FLt20, Leicestershire v Worcestershire at Grace Road (1430)
Leicestershire and Worcestershire are set to field the same side that would have played in yesterday’s abandoned matches against Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
County News in Brief
Gloucestershire have beaten off competition from Glamorgan to sign 16-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Cameron Herring on a two year contract. Herring is currently plying his trade for Newport CC in the SWALEC South Wales Premier League, and is ninth in the Kingfisher Cricket World Most Valuable Player Batting Rankings. He will have the chance to work on his ‘keeping with Gloucestershire legend Jack Russell.
Kent’s Adam Ball has been selected as England Under-19 captain for their seven match ‘ODI’ series against South Africa Under 19s.
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