The Netherlands will now find it tough to qualify for the knockout stage of the Clydesdale Bank 40 after succumbing to a 90-run defeat at the hands of Gloucestershire in Amstelveen. Rob Nicol hit 133 from only 113 balls, including seven sixes, to power the Gladiators to an imposing 290 for six from their 40 overs. James Fuller then recovered well from his mauling at Hove on Tuesday and took six for 35 to follow up his earlier cameo of 40 from 24 balls as the Dutch were all out for just 146.
Durham’s batting crumbled once again on the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Middlesex. Tim Murtagh did the early damage with two wickets and a run-out, while Steven Finn (two for 17) accounted for the middle-order and Gareth Berg (three for 39) mopped up the tail to bowl them out for 102. Durham’s bowlers just about kept their side in the match by taking seven wickets in the Middlesex innings. Ben Stokes finished with three for 29, while Chris Rogers top-scored with 59 for the visitors.
Championship contenders Nottinghamshire had much the better of the opening day against Sussex at Trent Bridge. They closed on 88 for one – despite losing Alex Hales early on for just eight – in reply to the visitors’ abject total of 171. Luke Wells (54) and Ben Brown (37) were the only batsmen to prosper as all of the home side’s seamers took two or more wickets during an impressive performance.
Fellow Championship hopefuls Warwickshire also enjoyed a good day; against relegation-threatened Surrey at Edgbaston. They closed on 322 for six thanks to half-centuries from Varun Chopra, Ian Westwood and Jim Troughton, while Richard Johnson hit 49 on his return to Warwickshire colours.
In Division Two, Matthew Boyce hit his fifth first-class century to take Leicestershire to stumps on 318 for nine against Yorkshire. Steven Paterson had taken the first two wickets to fall for the visitors, while Steve Harmison accounted for the dangerous Ramnaresh Sarwan; before Boyce and Shiv Thakor added the day’s key partnership of 68 for the fifth-wicket. Moin Ashraf claimed Thakor for 35, but coach Jason Gillespie will be left a little concerned after his side conceded 47 extras.
A fourth-wicket partnership of 116 between Liam Dawson and Jimmy Adams helped Hampshire close on 292 for nine on the first day against Kent in Southampton. James Vince and Bilal Shafayat had both fallen early, but Adams made 91 before falling to Darren Stevens, while Dawson fell the following over for 51. Sean Ervine (28), Dimitri Mascarenhas (27) and David Balcombe (28) then all made contributions, but Kent’s bowlers chipped away and will be happy with their day’s work.
Australia’s second string batting line-up thrashed Derbyshire’s first string seam attack all around the County Ground in Derby on the first day of their three-day warm-up match ahead of the two ‘Tests’ against the England Lions next month. Ed Cowan, fresh from his stint with Gloucestershire, led the way with 109, while Peter Forrest, George Bailey and Joe Burns all made half-centuries during their total of 362 for four declared. Derbyshire, though, were relatively untroubled in their reply and closed on 57 for one.
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Durham v Middlesex at Chester-le-Street
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Surrey at Edgbaston
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Kent at Southampton
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Grace Road
Group B, CB40, Somerset v Glamorgan at Taunton (1245 GMT start)
Day Two, Tour Match, Worcestershire v South Africans at New Road
Day Two, Tour Match, Derbyshire v Australia A at Derby
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be slightly cooler than it has been of late with temperatures peaking at between 17 and 21 degrees Celsius. It will be sunny for most, but there is a likelihood of showers in the north-west, especially in the afternoon.
County News In Brief:
Lancashire have moved their Championship game against Durham, due to be played on 28th – 31st August, away from their Old Trafford home and back to their Aigburth ground. The spin-friendly nature of the pitch during their recent match against Worcestershire is likely to have been the main reason behind the decision.
Eoin Morgan has been named as captain of the England Lions squad for their two-match unofficial Test series against Australia A which begins at Old Trafford on 7th August. The full squad is: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Matt Coles, Nick Compton, James Harris, Simon Kerrigan, Craig Kieswetter (wicket-keeper), Stuart Meaker, Samit Patel, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.
Somerset have been boosted by the news that South African overseas player Albie Morkel and Richard Levi will be available for Friends Life t20 Finals Day on 25th August. However, Abdur Rehman’s arrival is looking increasingly unlikely because of visa problems. The Pakistani slow- left-armer was signed for the final seven LV= County Championship matches, but has already missed one of those.
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