There were Bank Holiday Yorkshire Bank 40 wins for Kent, Surrey, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Middlesex and Durham. Josh Cobb and Steven Crook both carried over their prolific form from yesterday’s games with starring roles in their sides’ victories against the Unicorns and Warwickshire.
Northamptonshire beat Warwickshire by 36 runs in the Yorkshire Bank 40. None of their batsmen passed 50 but they were still able to make a competitive 229 for nine at the County Ground. The Bears then lost three early wickets and never properly recovered in spite of 65 from Rikki Clarke. Steven Crook ended with figures of five for 36 as they were all out for 193.
Kent trounced the Netherlands by eight wickets at Tunbridge Wells. The Dutch posted a seemingly respectable 249 for five thanks to half-centuries from Wesley Barresi, Tom Cooper and Dom Michael, but the hosts eased home inside 36 overs. Rob Key ended not out on 144 off 121 balls and added 115 with opener Sam Northeast (35) and 89 with Brendan Nash (57).
Half-centuries from Paul Collingwood and Gordon Muchall helped Durham to victory in Group B against Derbyshire. Derbyshire were set a revised target after rain during the break in innings, but more rain came when they were on 70 for three after 16 overs and Durham were declared the winners by 43 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method. The home side had earlier overcome the loss of both of their openers inside the powerplay to post 273 for six from 40 overs. Collingwood shared stands of 56 with Scott Borthwick (43) and 73 with Ben Stokes (40) on his way to 79, while Muchall added late impetus with an unbeaten 57 off only 34 balls.
Vikram Solanki hit an unbeaten hundred as Surrey overcame a spirited Scotland by 14 runs in Edinburgh. Solanki built on a knock of 54 from Steven Davies as Surrey posted 237 for five. Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett and Gary Keedy then each took a brace of wickets as the Saltires were held to 223 for eight in their run chase. Calum MacLeod made 59, with Majid Haq providing them with late, but ultimately futile, hope with 36.
In Group C, Dawid Malan hit 96 and Adam Rossington 79 not out as Middlesex comfortably overhauled Yorkshire’s 236 for eight at Radlett. The home side recovered from losing Paul Stirling second ball to Iain Wardlaw thanks to a fourth-wicket partnership of 135 between Malan and Rossington. Malan fell four short of his century but the win was sealed soon afterwards with 26 balls to spare. Phil Jaques’ 81 had earlier anchored Yorkshire’s innings after they had been derailed by a Toby Roland-Jones double-strike. Roland-Jones, though, kept chipping away and ended with four for 44, while there were three wickets for James Harris as the visitors finished with a sub-par score.
There was a second match-winning century in as many days for Leicestershire skipper Josh Cobb. This one came in arguably less trying circumstances against the Unicorns after the Leicestershire bowlers had again conceded too many runs. Cobb ended not out on 128 off 108 balls, with Shiv Thakor again demonstrating his class by joining him in an unbroken stand of 136 as he finished on 64 off 53 deliveries. Anthony Ireland and Rob Taylor had earlier shared five wickets as the Unicorns made a promising 253 for eight thanks to fifties from Tom Lancefield and Garry Park.
day one, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton
The beleaguered home side have been hit by further injuries with Alfonso Thomas and Craig Overton added to the list according to the Bristol Post. Thomas has a hamstring injury, while Overton has a stress fracture in his back and could miss the rest of the season. Added to this, Somerset are without Jos Buttler and Alviro Petersen due to the upcoming ODI fixtures. Dean Elgar will make his Somerset debut as a replacement overseas player for Petersen, while Alex Barrow will take over behind the stumps.
Somerset squad: Marcus Trescothick (captain), Arul Suppiah, Dean Elgar, James Hildreth, Peter Trego, Alex Barrow, Lewis Gregory, Craig Meschede, Jack leach, Steve Kirby, Jamie Overton, George Dockrell, Gemaal Hussain.
Yorkshire have named 19 year-old Academy graduate Ben Coad in their 12-man squad for the trip to out-of-form Somerset. He is required due to Yorkshire’s injury pace-bowling injury list that now includes Liam Plunkett as well as Jack Brooks. Tim Bresnan is also unavailable due to England commitments.
Yorkshire squad: Andrew Gale (captain), Adam Lyth, Joe Sayers, Phil Jaques, Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid, Andrew Hodd, Richard Pyrah, Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Patterson, Moin Ashraf, Ben Coad.
day one, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Essex at New Road
Essex travel to in-form Worcestershire and will hand a debut to 22 year-old batsman Nick Browne as Ravi Bopara is away with England’s ODI squad. Browne recently scored a century for Essex 2nd XI. Tim Phillips is also included in a 12-man squad after recovering from a back spasm.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain), Tom Westley, Jaik Mickleburgh, Nick Browne, Mark Pettini, Ben Foakes, Ryan ten Doeschate, Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Reece Topley, Sajid Mahmood.
Weather Forecast: Most of England will be affected by rain tomorrow for most of the day, with the south and midlands worst hit. Temperatures will be cool with highs of around 11 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Both Glamorgan and Gloucestershire are understood to be interested in signing Unicorns and former Surrey batsman Tom Lancefield. Lancefield has already played for both county’s second elevens and did his cause no harm by hitting 76 at Bristol yesterday.
Surrey captain Graeme Smith has revealed on Twitter that he is unlikely to play for the club again this season. Smith had to return to South Africa earlier this month for surgery on an ankle injury.
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