A combination of sodden outfields and yet more rain made play impossible in three of the nine county matches scheduled for today. The second day of Gloucestershire’s match against Glamorgan as well as Surrey’s against Durham were both abandoned without a ball able to be bowled, while the first day of Derbyshire’s match against Cardiff MCCU suffered a similar fate.
Somerset had much better of the play that was possible at Taunton. Resuming on 363 for four, Lancashire could only manage to add 32 runs for the loss of five wickets in the 21 overs that were bowled, as Vernon Philander made up for his lethargic first day showing by picking up three of the wickets to fall. The home side began the day with a 38-ball spell during which they conceded two runs and picked up three wickets and barely let up afterwards as Peter Trego and George Dockrell supplemented Philander’s excellent burst with a wicket apiece of their own.
Nottinghamshire’s bowlers, in particular Andre Adams, managed to get their side out of trouble after another poor batting display yesterday had seen them dismissed for a below-par 243. Adams ended a shortened day with four for 23 as Worcestershire slipped to 72 for six in their first innings. This was after a promising opening stand of 35 between Michael Klinger (22) and Daryl Mitchell (24), but Adams, brought on as first-change, had Klinger caught by Samit Patel to start a collapse of six for 31.
Warwickshire’s bowlers ground their Sussex counterparts into the dirt on the second day at Hove as they took the Bears’ overnight position of strength to one of utter dominance. In spite of losing night-watchman Chris Wright early on for 15, their last four wickets added 261 runs as they were eventually all out for 545 from almost 153 overs. Jonathan Trott took his score to 178, and shared a 110-run seventh-wicket partnership with Tim Ambrose (75), before falling as one of Chris Nash’s three victims; while Rikki Clarke made a fluent unbeaten 78 and Keith Barker added 33.
Sussex then lost both openers before stumps in their first innings; closing on 57 for two – still 339 short of avoiding the follow-on.
In Division Two, Brendan Nash ended unbeaten on 114 as Kent eased past Yorkshire’s first innings total of 247 to close on 316 for six at Canterbury. Besides Nash, there were meaningful contributions from Scott Newman (31), Sam Northeast (26), Ben Harmison (43), Geraint Jones (47) and James Tredwell (28 not out) as the visitors’ attack toiled largely in vain. Ryan Sidebottom and Ajmal Shahzad each collected two wickets, while there was one each for Tim Bresnan and Steven Patterson.
Essex waited until around 5pm on the second day before conditions improved enough to allow their match against Northamptonshire to finally begin at Chelmsford. They were soon wishing they had had to wait a little longer as they struggled to 54 for six in the 27 overs that were possible. Jack Brooks celebrated his England Lions call-up by taking four for 22 during a passage of play in which the home side lost six wickets for 25 runs.
Hampshire had the better of the second day against Leicestershire at The Rose Bowl, as, after bowling the visitors out for 234 – Liam Dawson ending with five for 29 – they reached stumps on 181 for four. Stand-in skipper Simon Katich (54) and Michael Carberry shared a decisive third-wicket stand of 124 to help overcome the early loss of both openers to Alex Wyatt (three for 63), with Carberry surviving through until the close on 73 not out.
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Lancashire at Taunton
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Durham at The Oval
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at New Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Northamptonshire at Chelmsford
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Bristol
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Leicestershire at The Rose Bowl
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Yorkshire at Canterbury
Day Two, MCCU Match, Derbyshire v Cardiff MCCU at Derby
Weather Forecast: The forecast for the weekend is fairly grim, as, after a dry start on Saturday morning and early afternoon, another band of rain is expected to come in from the south-east and cover most of England on Sunday. Temperature highs for tomorrow of between 11 and 14 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Dale Benkenstein has signed a new contract with Durham which will see him play for the club until the end of 2014.
Kent seamer Mark Davies has revealed one of the reasons behind his successful start to the 2012 season. The 31 year-old recruited Steve Black, mentor to England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, to help him reach peak fitness over the winter.
Current Cricket World County Player of the Week, Nick Compton, was one of the slightly surprising call-ups to the England Lions squad to take on the West Indies next month. Kent’s Matt Coles was another who was rewarded for his excellent early-season form with a place in the 12-man squad. Full story here.
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