Essex, Worcestershire, Lancashire, Northamptonshire and Somerset were among the teams to enjoy good second days to their 16th round LV= County Championship matches. Meanwhile, Piyush Chawla, Laurie Evans and Thilan Samaraweera were among the main run-scorers.
A fourth career century from Laurie Evans helped Warwickshire bounce back from a poor start in their reply to Sussex’s 311 on the second day at Edgbaston. The Bears lost three of their top five for ducks and slipped to 47 for four as Steve Magoffin struck thrice. However, Evans and Tim Ambrose effected a turnaround with a fifth-wicket partnership worth 137. Ambrose was finally dismissed by Chris Jordan for 61, but Tom Milnes gave Evans further support before the latter fell shortly before stumps to leave the hosts on 252 for six. Maurice Chambers had earlier ended with figures of five for 68 on his Bears debut as Sussex’s last three wickets added a further 33 runs this morning.
Piyush Chawla enjoyed a day to remember as he allowed Somerset to take complete control at the halfway stage of their match against Middlesex. Somerset prolonged their first innings to 449 early on as Chawla converted his overnight 58 into 112 and took his overnight ninth-wicket partnership with Alfonso Thomas (54) to 99. Middlesex then collapsed to be all out for 106, with Chawla wrapping up the tail on his way to figures of three for eight. Craig Meschede had done the early damage, dismissing three of the hosts’ top five as they slumped to 55 for seven. An unbeaten 34 from Ollie Rayner at least ensured that they reached three figures but Chawla made sure that the resistance didn’t last too long. Middlesex then closed on 52 for two in their second innings after being asked to follow-on.
Runs continued to flow on day two at Scarborough, with Durham racking up 573 prior to being bowled out and Yorkshire then closing strongly on 182 for three. Overseas pro Kane Williamson is unbeaten with 76 and has shared 75 thus far with a fluent Jonny Bairstow (42 not out) for the fourth-wicket. Michael Richardson had earlier become the third Durham batsman to reach three figures as he shared stands of 50 or more with Mark Wood (20) and Jamie Harrison (35) before being last man out for 102.
The relegation clash at The Oval saw Surrey reach stumps on the first day on eight for none after dismissing Derbyshire for 219. Tim Linley (4-59) and George Edwards (3-29) shared seven wickets after Derbyshire had won the toss and chosen to bat. None of their batsmen reached 50, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 46 the highest individual contribution. He put on 49 - the highest stand of the innings - for the third-wicket with Paul Borrington (32).
Division Two leaders Lancashire dominated day two at Southport against Hampshire in spite of a century from James Vince. The home side’s last-wicket pair of Glen Chapple and Simon Kerrigan put on 114 to haul their side up from a middling total to a magnificent one of 421. Chapple hit the 37th half-century of his long and illustrious career, while Kerrigan reached the milestone for the first time in a career that he hopes will follow suit. Hampshire then lost regular wickets throughout their innings as no batsman was able to support Vince, who made 106 of their total of 210. It was Kyle Hogg who did the early damage, single-handedly reducing the visitors to 51 for four, before Chapple (2-35) and Kerrigan (3-48) chipped in. Lancashire’s openers then extended their lead to 250 by stumps, closing on 39 for none in the second innings.
Gloucestershire’s promotion hopes took a battering on the second day against fellow hopefuls Essex. They slipped to 211 for nine at stumps in reply to Essex’s total of 400. A poor start saw them slip to 41 for three before a 101-run stand between Alex Gidman (63) and Hamish Marshall (54) took them to the promising position of 142 for three. However, Reece Topley and Graham Napier helped cause a collapse of six for 34 and shared seven wickets in all. Greg Smith had earlier made a career-best 177 before being last man out in Essex’s first innings.
Northamptonshire earnt a huge first innings lead of 212 over Glamorgan on day two at Wantage Road. Resuming on 85 for loss in reply to the Welsh county’s 241, they amassed 453. There were contributions throughout their batting line-up. Openers Stephen Peters (61) and James Middlebrook (59) advanced the score to 115 before being separated, with Alex Wakely (36) and David Sales (48) then putting on 79 for the third-wicket. A collapse briefly threatened as three wickets fell for 10 runs - two of them to successive Andrew Salter deliveries - but Andrew Hall and David Willey scotched those fears. Willey dominated a fast-paced seventh-wicket stand of 115, blazing 81 off 73 balls, with Hall and Trent Copeland (34) then adding a further 62. Hall ended on 91 not out, while Mike Reed was the pick of the Glamorgan attack with four for 109.
A fourth-wicket partnership of 181 between Thilan Samaraweera and Tom Fell helped Worcestershire close on 265 for five - just nine runs adrift of Leicestershire. Matthew Hoggard removed both Pears openers as they slipped to 55 for three, before Samaraweera and Fell seized the initiative. The impressive Fell departed 16 short of a maiden century not long before stumps, but Samaweera reached them with his wicket intact and his score on 99. Alan Richardson had earlier ended the Leicestershire first innings at 274 by taking a hat-trick.
day three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Somerset at Lord’s
day two, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval
day three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Sussex at Edgbaston
day three, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Durham at Headingley
day three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Essex at Bristol
day three, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Hampshire at Southport
day three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Worcestershire at Grace Road
day three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Glamorgan at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: It should be another mostly dry day tomorrow with increasing amounts of sunshine as the day progresses, especially for the east. Temperatures will peak at between 19 and 22 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Surrey fast-bowler Chris Tremlett and Nottinghamshire opener Michael Lumb have signed to play for Sydney Sixers during this winter’s Big Bash League in Australia. Both players have agreed to play the whole tournament, although that is dependent on whether either are picked in England’s winter tour squads.
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