There were draws at Chester-le-Street, New Road and Chelmsford today as the seventh round of the LV= County Championship drew to a close. In Southampton, the final day is set up nicely thanks to another five-wicket haul from Lancashire captain Glen Chapple.
Middlesex hung on for a draw against Durham despite losing a clutch of wickets late on. Durham declared their second innings at 240 for six following an unbeaten 82 from Scott Borthwick to set Middlesex an unlikely 304 to win. They began well initially thanks to a fruitful second-wicket stand of 84 between Chris Rogers (54) and Joe Denly. However, Mark Wood and Graham Onions shared five wickets as Middlesex eventually ended on 165 for six with Denly undefeated with 73.
In Division Two, Essex survived a scare in their second innings to earn a draw against Kent at Chelmsford. Mark Davies took four wickets with the new ball to help reduce the home side to 24 for five after they had conceded a first innings lead of 84 to Kent thanks to Darren Stevens’ century. However, Ben Foakes and James Foster both passed 50 and added an unbroken 142 for the sixth-wicket before the draw was agreed.
Worcestershire completed victory over Gloucestershire in spite of a valiant 79 not out from wicket-keeper Gareth Roderick. Resuming on 87 for five in their second innings, Roderick and James Fuller (42) added 99 for the eighth-wicket, with Craig Miles (20) then joining Roderick to add a further 48. However, Chris Russell wrapped up the innings at 254, leaving the Pears needing just 32 in the fourth innings. Openers Daryl Mitchell and Matthew Pardoe then took little more than four overs to seal the win.
Lancashire lead by exactly 100 runs after three days against Hampshire after reaching stumps in their second innings on 63 for three. James Tomlinson took two of the wickets to fall, with Karl Brown not out on 26 and first innings centurion Andrea Agathangelou on 20. Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg had earlier shared nine wickets as Hampshire conceded a slender first innings lead by being bowled out for 258. Hampshire reached 98 for one at one point thanks to a second-wicket partnership of 98 between Michael Carberry (43) and Liam Dawson. Thereafter George Bailey was the only man to make a meaningful contribution with 84 as Chapple ended with five for 55 and Hogg with four for 76.
Loughborough MCCU rallied from their overnight 73 for six to make 196 in reply to Northamptonshire’s 243. Captain Adam Riley hit 48 from number nine, while there was a contribution of 31 from Toby Lester. Mohammad Azharullah completed his five-wicket haul. Northamptonshire’s openers Rob Keogh and Kyle Coetzer then hit half-centuries before the teams shook hands with county on 125 for none.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (all YB40 matches start at 1345 BST, 1245 GMT)
day four, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Lancashire at Southampton
Group A, YB40, Nottinghamshire v Netherlands at Trent Bridge
The Outlaws are eyeing five wins out of five as they host the Dutch at Trent Bridge in what has been their best start to a season in limited-overs cricket since 1976 when they won their first seven games. Andy Carter missed the match against Warwickshire with a back spasm but has returned to a 12-man squad, although he is likely to be twelfth man.
Nottinghamshire XII: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Riki Wessels, Chris Read (captain), Steven Mullaney, Graeme White Ajmal Shahzad, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney, Andy Carter.
The Netherlands welcome back Michael Swart from a knee injury to bolster their batting line-up. He is likely to replace Tom de Grooth from the eleven that played against Sussex. The Dutch will be using the weekend’s fixtures to warm-up for their one-off ODI against South Africa on Friday.
Netherlands squad: Peter Borren (captain), Stephan Myburgh, Dom Michael, Tom Cooper, Michael Swart, Wesley Barresi, Daan van Bunge, Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelaar, Paul van Meekeren, Ahsan Malik, Tom de Grooth, Tom Heggelman.
Group A, YB40, Sussex v Kent at Horsham
Group A, YB40, Worcestershire v Northamptonshire at New Road
The home side have included Aneesh Kapil in a 12-man squad. Chris Russell is also included at the expense of David Lucas.
Worcestershire squad: Daryl Mitchell (captain), Moeen Ali, Alexei Kervezee, Thilan Samaraweera, Neil Pinner, Gareth Andrew, Michael Johnson, Ben Cox, Brett D’Oliveira, Jack Shantry, Chris Russell, Aneesh Kapil.
Northamptonshire continue to be without club captain Stephen Peters owing to his broken finger, with Alex Wakely skippering the side. Ben Duckett continues to be favoured to David Murphy behind the stumps, with Rob Keogh hoping for selection off the back of his sprightly innings against Loughborough MCCU earlier in the week.
Northamptonshire squad: Alex Wakely (captain), Rob Newton, Kyle Coetzer, David Sales, Matthew Spriegel, Ben Duckett, Andrew Hall, Steven Crook, David Willey, James Middlebrook, Trent Copeland, Rob Keogh, Lee Daggett.
Group B, YB40, Scotland v Derbyshire at Edinburgh
Scotland have made one change to their squad as Gordon Goudie returns from injury to replace Paddy Sadler.
Scotland squad: Preston Mommsen (captain), Matthew Cross, Calum MacLeod, Freddie Coleman, Richie Berrington, Moneeb Iqbal, Majid Haq, Gordon Drummond, Michael Leask, Dewald Nel, Gordon Goudie, Calvin Burnett, Ewan Chalmers.
Group C, YB40, Gloucestershire v Unicorns at Bristol
Group C, YB40, Leicestershire v Somerset at Grace Road
The Foxes will be without wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien who will be playing for Ireland against Pakistan, with Ned Eckersley taking over the wicket-keeping duties and Greg Smith likely to open alongside Josh Cobb. Joe Burns will also be making his Yorkshire Bank 40 debut in place of Ramnaresh Sarwan.
Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Greg Smith, Ned Eckersley, Joe Burns, Matthew Boyce, Shiv Thakor, Michael Thornely, Jigar Naik, Nathan Buck, Robbie Williams, Anthony Ireland, Alex Wyatt, James Sykes, Rob Taylor.
Weather Forecast: It will be another mostly sunny day tomorrow, with only the match in Edinburgh likely to be played under overcast skies. Winds will again be light with temperatures peaking at between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Worcestershire have signed West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell as their overseas player for the Friends Life t20. They had previously agreed terms with New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram but he has had to return home to undergo a hernia operation. Russell will only be available for the first nine group matches of Worcestershire’s campaign before he travels to play in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League.
Yorkshire seam bowler Liam Plunkett has been ruled out for the next two weeks after picking up a thigh strain. The club also confirmed that off-spinner Azeem Rafiq is about three weeks from regaining full fitness from his knee injury. Jack Brooks will see a specialist regarding his thumb injury in the first week of June.
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