Rikki Clarke and Oliver Hannon-Dalby were the stars in the final hour at Taunton as Warwickshire took the three points from a sensational draw to go second in Division One. We also look ahead to the fourth round of LV= County Championship fixtures which begin tomorrow.
There was high drama on the final day at Taunton as Warwickshire’s last wicket pair of Rikki Clarke and Oliver Hannon-Dalby held on for the draw against Somerset. They came together following a mini-collapse of three for 10 that saw the county champions on 376 for nine with more than 20 overs still to go and remained together until the end. In all, they added an unbroken 51 in 21.1 overs, with Clarke ending not out on 61 off 139 balls and Hannon-Dalby surviving 62 deliveries and making 10.
Earlier, Varun Chopra had completed his century but Jack Leach completed his five-wicket haul as Somerset kept their noses in from for much of the day. This was in spite of half-centuries from Laurie Evans and Tim Ambrose and a useful 42 from Chris Woakes. Ambrose and Evans added the highest stand of the day - 102 for the fifth-wicket.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (all matches start at 1100 BST, 1000 GMT)
LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Durham at Trent Bridge
The two sides come into this match off the back of contrasting fortunes in their third round fixtures. Nottinghamshire comfortably had the better of Derbyshire and are strengthened by the inclusion of Graeme Swann, although Andre Adams sits out with a calf injury. Ajmal Shahzad and Steven Mullaney are also named in the 13-man squad. Durham, meanwhile, need to bounce back from their unexpected defeat at the hands of Yorkshire.
Nottinghamshire squad: Chris Read (captain), Alex Hales, Ed Cowan, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Riki Wessels, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Ajmal Shahzad, Steven Mullaney.
Durham squad: to be announced
LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley
Yorkshire again have star from Chester-le-Street Joe Root in their line-up and have made one change from the side that won yesterday. Ryan Sidebottom has been rested, with all-rounder Rich Pyrah included in the squad, although Jack Brooks is Sidebottom’s more obvious replacement. Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie said of resting Sidebottom: “We see it as a great opportunity taking into account how much cricket we have coming up in the next couple of months. We need to manage our assets as best we can.”
Yorkshire squad: Andrew Gale (captain), Joe Root, Adam Lyth, Phil Jaques, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid, Tim Bresnan, Liam Plunkett, Jack Brooks, Steve Patterson, Rich Pyrah.
Derbyshire desperately need a win and sit bottom of Division One. Yorkshire, despite yesterday’s win, are theoretically one of the weaker sides they will come up against this year and could yet be one of the contenders for relegation come September. Derbyshire have added Chesney Hughes and Mark Footitt to the eleven on duty at Trent Bridge after they impressed in the second team game at Belper earlier this week. Mark Tuner missed out because of injury.
Derbyshire squad: Wayne Madsen (captain), Billy Godleman, Wes Durston, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dan Redfern, Ross Whiteley, David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare, Tom Poynton, Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt, Chesney Hughes.
LV=CCD2, Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford
Essex have had a dreadful time in four-day cricket in recent seasons and 2013 has been no different thus far with an innings defeat to Northamptonshire their most recent effort. What has made things worse has been the excellent performance of their ex-players, most notably Varun Chopra and Chris Wright for county champions Warwickshire. They come up against another, Adam Wheater, in this match and will hope that he does not carry on the trend. They welcome back David Masters from injury and England captain Alastair Cook into their starting line-up. Tom Craddock misses out with a bruised finger, meaning that Tim Phillips in included.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain), Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Rob Quiney, Ravi Bopara, Mark Pettini, Ben Foakes, Graham Napier, Sajid Mahmood, David Masters, Reece Topley, Tim Phillips.
Whereas Essex have struggled thus far, Hampshire are very much one of the form sides and have named an unchanged 12-man squad. David Griffiths is added to the eleven that beat Worcestershire earlier in the week.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams (captain), Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson, George Bailey, James Vince, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Chris Wood, David Balcombe, Danny Briggs, James Tomlinson, David Griffiths.
Weather Forecast: There should be plenty of sunshine on offer tomorrow, although it will remain cool, especially in the north where there will be occasional showers. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be similar, with showers confined mainly to the north. Thursday should be a little warmer, with highs of around 15 degrees Celsius.
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