As predicted, the rain ruined much of today’s LV= County Championship action, with only one match seeing any play – that at New Road between Worcestershire and Middlesex. The second days of the remaining matches in Division One, as well as all of those in Division Two, were abandoned without a ball bowled.
Even at Worcester, less than 20 overs were possible, with the home side being dismissed for 323 after resuming on 295 for eight. Daryl Mitchell carried his bat for 133 as Chris Russell (14) and Alan Richardson (18) were the men to fall – the former caught off Toby Roland-Jones to give him his fifth wicket of the innings. Middlesex then closed on 49 without loss after 13 overs, with captain Chris Rogers unbeaten on 17 and Sam Robson on 27.
Day Three, CCD1, Lancashire v Durham at Aigburth
Day Three, CCD1, Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
Day Three, CCD1, Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston
Day Three, CCD1, Worcestershire v Middlesex at New Road
Day Three, CCD2, Derbyshire v Essex at Derby
Day Three, CCD2, Glamorgan v Northamptonshire at Cardiff
Day Three, CCD2, Leicestershire v Kent at Grace Road
Day Three, CCD2, Yorkshire v Gloucestershire at Scarborough
Weather Forecast: The forecast for tomorrow is thankfully considerably better than that for today. After an overcast start, the sun should begin to peek through, although there will remain the chance of the occasional shower, especially in the east; with temperatures peaking at between 16 and 19 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Nottinghamshire’s increasingly slim title hopes have been dealt a further blow with the news that seam bowler Andre Adams will miss the rest of the season with a calf injury.
Essex have emerged as the early favourites to play an England XI prior to next summer’s Ashes series. England will play two Tests against New Zealand early in the summer, but there is then a two-month gap before the Ashes to allow for the Champions Trophy.
Derbyshire have released opener Matt Lineker from his current contract and extended the contract of fast-bowler Mark Turner by two years. Full story
The 18 first-class counties are on the brink of rejecting their invitation to take part in next year’s Champions League T20 because the league’s early September start time will cut into the end of the county season. The Friends Life t20 is expected to be scheduled later in 2013 so as not to clash with the ICC Champions Trophy.
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