It was an excellent day for both Championship contenders as Nottinghamshire’s and Warwickshire’s batsmen both made the most of the warm weather to pile on the runs at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.
Nottinghamshire closed on 443 for four in their first innings against Sussex. Responding to the visitors’ woeful effort of 171 and resuming on 88 for one, they lost Riki Wessels early to Amjad Khan. However, Michael Lumb led the way and put on 90 with Samit Patel (43) for the third-wicket and 188 with James Taylor for the fourth-wicket before falling for 171. Taylor continued and brought up his century during the proceeding undefeated fifth-wicket partnership with Adam Voges, who ended on 32 not out.
Meanwhile, at Edgbaston, Chris Woakes and Jim Troughton both completed centuries, while Jeetan Patel made an aggressive 76, to help Warwickshire reach 571 before being bowled out by Surrey. The visitors, though, closed strongly on 109 for one in reply to emphasise just how flat the pitch is and how difficult Warwickshire’s task over the final two days will be.
The wickets continued to fall on the second day at Chester-le-Street as Middlesex ended on 58 for five in pursuit of 118 to win in the fourth innings. Chris Rushworth accounted for three of the men to fall to follow up Graham Onions’ (three for 38) earlier efforts which had helped bowl Middlesex out for 185 first time around. Scott Borthwick (41 not out) and Callum Thorp (36) had shared a crucial eighth-wicket partnership of 60 in Durham’s second innings to haul them up to 200 as Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones shared seven wickets for the visitors.
In Division Two, Adam Lyth and Jonny Bairstow both hit centuries to take Yorkshire to stumps on 336 for five in their first innings – already a lead of 16 over Leicestershire who had earlier been bowled out for 320. The pair added 197 for the fourth-wicket after Nathan Buck (three for 58) had taken two relatively early wickets, with Bairstow falling to Buck for 118 not long before the close and Lyth ending on 159 from 297 deliveries.
Kent reached stumps one run adrift of Hampshire’s 292 on the second day in Southampton. It might have been worse for the home side had Kent fully capitalised on the start given to them by Rob Key and Sam Northeast. Both batsmen made centuries and shared an opening partnership of 252, before James Tomlinson took three wickets to peg them back to 291 for five at the close.
Derbyshire enjoyed a much better second day than they had first against the touring Australians at the County Ground. Night-watchman Tony Palladino made his maiden first-class century, while Usman Khawaja hit 56 not out in the home side’s first innings total of 269 for three declared. The declaration gave Australia A a 93-run first innings lead, but Wayne Madsen’s gamble looks to have been worth it as his bowlers reduced their re-jigged batting line-up to 141 for six in their second by the close of play.
Somerset won a high-scoring Clydesdale Bank 40 match by three wickets against Glamorgan at Taunton. Chris Cooke had hit an unbeaten 137 for the Welsh side after they had won the toss and chosen to bat. Peter Trego and Steve Kirby took three wickets each and were the best of a home side attack which restricted their visitors to 250 for nine from their 40 overs. Trego then blazed 81 off 43 balls in Somerset’s reply, while Nick Compton chipped in with 53 off 57 balls and Lewis Gregory contributed 39 off 48 balls as they won with more than two overs to spare.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (all CB40 matches start at 1245 GMT)
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Middlesex at Chester-le-Street
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Surrey at Edgbaston
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Kent at Southampton
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Grace Road
Group A, CB40, Worcestershire v Essex at New Road
Group B, CB40, Glamorgan v Scotland at Cardiff
Marcus North will again sit out for the Welsh Dragons after picking up a foot injury. Meanwhile, Preston Mommsen will lead the Saltires owing to the absence of Gordon Drummond because of work commitments. Jan Stander also misses out for that reason, while Safyaan Sharif, Ewan Chalmers and Calvin Burnett are all included in the 13-man squad.
Group C, CB40, Unicorns v Northamptonshire at Wormsley
Day Three, Tour Match, Derbyshire v Australia A at Derby
Weather Forecast: A disorganised band of occasionally heavy showers will make its way across central and southern England tomorrow. Beginning in the west in the morning, they will move steadily eastwards, intensifying as they do so. In between, it will be sunny, although temperatures will be lower at between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Warwickshire reserve wicket-keeper Richard Johnson is expected to leave the club at the end of the season in order to seek more regular first-team cricket elsewhere.
Surrey CCC have announced the death of former player David Thomas at the age of 53. Thomas, an all-rounder, also played for Gloucestershire and averaged 20.02 with the bat and 33.97 with the ball during his 150-match first-class career. He also played 153 list A matches.
Somerset’s substitute fielder Alex Barrow was stretchered off in a neck brace during today’s match against Glamorgan after colliding with an advertising board at Taunton.
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