County Cricket Round-Up - 28th May
Nottinghamshire overtook Warwickshire at the top of the LV= County Championship’s first division as they recorded a win on the final day against Sussex. Samit Patel ended unbeaten on 50 as the visitors coasted to their target of 145 for the loss of only three wickets to record their first win at Hove since 1983, and leapfrog the Bears by a single point. They had earlier taken the last six Sussex wickets to fall for the addition of only 86 more runs as Andy Carter ended with four for 64 and Patel three for 87.
In the day’s only Clydesdale Bank 40 action, the Netherlands went top of Group A with a thrilling one-wicket win over Lancashire at Schiedam. The visitors had been all out for 236 in the 40th over of their innings, as they collapsed from 199 for two and squandered the start that half centuries from Stephen Moore and Steven Croft had given them. Ahsan Malik and Michael Swart both ended with four wickets as the Dutch pegged things back, with Swart then top-scoring with 41 in their reply. The rest of the top-order also chipped in, but Stephen Parry (four for 29) was exceptional during the middle of the innings and looked to have turned things Lancashire’s way, before a swashbuckling 36 from only 26 balls from Pakistani-born all-rounder Mudassar Bukhari turned the match back the way of the Dutch. He fell with nine still needed, but Timm van der Gugten and Ahsan Malik saw their side home with two balls to spare.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Leicestershire at Cardiff
Glamorgan welcome back talismanic seamer James Harris from his hernia operation and have confirmed that Stewart Walters will replace Nick James at the top of the order. The visitors have named another trialist - this time former Sussex batsman Michael Thornely - in their 13-man squad for their trip to Wales. He replaces Will Jefferson, while Scotland all-rounder Preston Mommsen and batsman Jacques du Toit are also included.
Group A, CB40, Netherlands v Essex at Schiedam (match starts at 1145 GMT)
The Dutch have named the same 13-man squad which beat Lancashire today. Meanwhile, Ravi Bopara returns to Essex's 13-man squad after recovering from an untimely muscle injury which kept him out of England's Test plans. Charl Willoughby, Owais Shah and Alviro Petersen are the other former Test players who will be on show in South Holland.
County News In Brief:
Lasith Malinga has pulled out of his Friends Life t20 deal with Middlesex because of fitness concerns. Malinga said, “I have to make sure I am in peak condition for the World T20 later this year.”
Derbyshire have released off-spinner Jake Needham from his county contract with immediate effect at the request of the 25 year-old. He will now work in the county's media and marketing department on a part-time basis.
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