The weather turned out to be worse than anticipated today meaning that the no play was possible on the third day of the matches involving Surrey and Durham; Essex and Northamptonshire; and Gloucestershire and Glamorgan. Derbyshire’s match against Cardiff MCCU also saw no play and the decision was taken to abandon that match ahead of the final day.
Meanwhile, just 49 balls were bowled on the third day at Hove where Sussex lost three wickets for the addition of only 23 runs against Warwickshire. Luke Wells (5) and Murray Goodwin (16) both fell leg-before to Keith Barker (three for 28), while Chris Wright accounted for Matt Prior for a duck. This meant the hosts closed on 80 for five in reply to Warwickshire’s mammoth 545.
Lancashire achieved the five runs needed for their final batting point before Vernon Philander wrapped their first innings up for exactly 400 to end with five for 71 at Taunton. Somerset then faced 38 overs in their first innings and struggled to 87 for three, with Lions call-up Nick Compton unbeaten on 30 and Glen Chapple picking up two wickets for the defending champions.
Worcestershire avoided the follow-on courtesy of an innings of 41 from England Under-19 all-rounder Aneesh Kapil as they posted 157 in their first innings against Nottinghamshire. Harry Gurney collected three of the four wickets to fall to end with four for 40, while Andre Adams notched up another five-wicket haul when he had Kapil out leg-before. The Outlaws then reached 88 for two in their second innings before the rain brought a hasty conclusion to proceedings in the 29th over.
In Division Two, it was a similar story as Hampshire advanced their first innings total by 36 runs without losing a wicket on the third day against Leicestershire before the rain returned at The Rose Bowl. Michael Carberry closed unbeaten on 84, with Sean Ervine on 41 as the home side closed on 217 for four.
Less than 10 over were bowled at Canterbury where Kent closed on 350 for nine in reply to Yorkshire’s first innings effort of 247. Brendan Nash and James Tredwell took their seventh-wicket stand to 98 before Tim Bresnan struck with consecutive deliveries to remove Tredwell for 37 and Matt Coles first ball. Mark Davies followed shortly afterwards, castled by Adil Rashid, but Nash remained steadfast and unbeaten on 132 at stumps.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Lancashire at Taunton
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Durham at The Oval
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at New Road
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Essex v Northamptonshire at Chelmsford
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Bristol
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Leicestershire at The Rose Bowl
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Kent v Yorkshire at Canterbury
Weather Forecast: Play on the final day of any of the matches looks a virtual impossibility as a band of rain is expected to be in place over England for most of Sunday. It is forecast to clear from the south-east by mid-afternoon, but it is likely that the ground will be too sodden for any play by then.
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