There were wins for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Hampshire today as most of the matches in round eight of the LV= County Championship drew to a conclusion.
Warwickshire 247 & 222-5 (Ambrose 89no) beat Surrey 223 & 245 by 5 wickets
The Bears began the day needing 41 runs more runs to beat Surrey at The Oval and regain their place at the top of Division One. Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke ensured that they did so without any further loss of wickets as they took their sixth-wicket partnership to 74 in the nine overs that were bowled. Clarke did most of the scoring this morning, advancing from 18 to 40, and tipped the match firmly in Warwickshire’s direction when he hit Stuart Meaker for three fours in a single over.
Day Two, Nottinghamshire 320-4 (Wessels 184no). Sussex 309.
Riki Wessels hit his third century of the season, and the 14th of his career, as Nottinghamshire responded handsomely to Sussex's first innings total of 309. They closed on 320 for four, as Wessels shared 171 with Alex Hales for the first wicket, before seeing his partner bowled by Monty Panesar for 80. Chris Nash picked up a couple of late wickets to wrest back some of the adavantage, but Wessels remained steadfast and unbeaten on 184 and will resume tomorrow in sight of his maiden first-class double-century.
Lancashire 392 & 266-8d drew with Middlesex 230 & 265-1 (Rogers 138no, Denly 61no)
Lancashire were denied a first win of 2012 by Middlesex's top order on the final day at Liverpool. Beginning the day on 29 without loss, and needing 400 more to win, Middlesex didn't attempt to go for the runs as Sam Robson and Chris Rogers took the score into three figures, before Kyle Hogg delivered the day's only breakthrough, having the former caught behind for 50. Rogers went on to record his 53rd first-class hundred and added a further 161 with Joe Denly (61 not out) for the second wicket before the teams shook hands on the draw.
Hampshire 316 & 273 beat Glamorgan 327 & 231 (North 69, Tomlinson 3-45) by 31 runs
In Division Two, Glamorgan started the final day on 53 for two, knowing that they required 210 more runs against Hampshire to give them their maiden win of the 2012 campaign. They lost Gareth Rees early on to James Tomlinson, but Marcus North and Ben Wright brought them back into contention with a fourth-wicket partnership of 60, before North was bowled by David Balcombe for a sublime 69. Wright and Jim Allenby then took the score to 168 without further loss, but Balcombe and Tomlinson struck again in consecutive overs and Glamorgan never really recovered and were finally all out for 231.
Northamptonshire 411 & 246-5d beat Gloucestershire 268 & 268 (Howell 70, Marshall 61, Middlebrook 5-63) by 121 runs
Ian Saxelby made Northamptonshire wait for their win on the final evening at Wantage Road as they were eventually dismissed for 268 - exactly the same as their first innings score - to hand the home side a 121-run win. Benny Howell and Hamish Marshall had both made half centuries earlier in the day, but James Middlebrook toiled manfully through almost 43 overs to end with five for 63 as Northamptonshire picked up regular wickets throughout.
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove
Group A, CB40, Worcestershire v Middlesex at New Road (all CB40 matches start at 1245 GMT)
Steven Finn and Chris Rogers have both been named in the visitors’ 13-man squad, with Ollie Rayner and Tom Smith again competing for the spinner’s berth.
Group B, CB40, Durham v Scotland at Chester-le-Street
Paul Collingwood continues to lead the Dynamos in the absence of the injured Dale Benkenstein, while Graham Onions returns to the 13-man squad after linking up with England during the week. The Saltires have Preston Mommsen and Richie Berrington, who are on-loan with Leicestershire, available for the match, although they are still without Gordon Goudie.
Group B, CB40, Somerset v Hampshire at Taunton
The Royals have named Dimitri Mascarenhas in their 13-man squad, with Hamza Riazuddin and David Griffiths also included.
Group C, CB40, Northamptonshire v Warwickshire at Wantage Road
Group C, CB40, Yorkshire v Unicorns at Scarborough
Yorkshire have added Richard Pyrah to the 12 that lost to Sussex on Thursday and will be hoping for a better performance from their two international left-arm pace bowlers, Mitchell Starc and Ryan Sidebottom. The match is actually a ‘home’ one for the Unicorns, despite being played at Yorkshire’s North Marine Road Ground, and they will be hoping to follow up last week’s win over Kent with another at Scarborough.
Weather Forecast: Showers are a possibility for the far south-east of England, but otherwise the warm weather will continue and temperatures will reach up to 26 degrees Celsius in the north and east.
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