Durham finally recorded their first Championship win of 2012 as their bowlers made up for the shortcomings of their batsmen on the third and final day against Middlesex. They bowled the visitors out for 102 after they had been set 118 to win, with Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth sharing seven wickets. Night-watchman Toby Roland-Jones top-scored with 34 for Middlesex.
Runs flowed on the third day at Trent Bridge as James Taylor celebrated his England call-up by taking his second day century to 163 before skipper Chris Read declared Nottinghamshire’s innings closed on 520 for four. Sussex’s openers, Ed Joyce and Chris Nash, then took their side to 146 without loss at stumps as both passed 50.
Surrey closed on 38 for none in their second innings to go into the final day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston needing to score a further 247 just to make the Bears bat again. They had been dismissed for 286 in their first earlier in the day as Rikki Clarke found enough reverse swing to take four wickets and Chris Woakes ended with three.
In Division Two, Adam Lyth took his overnight 159 to 248 as he carried his bat – in the process setting numerous records (see Stats of the day below) – in Yorkshire’s first innings total of 486 against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Claude Henderson took four wickets for the home side, who then reached 57 for two in their second innings to trail by 109 runs going into the final day.
Hampshire’s match against Kent appears to be heading for a draw as the latter closed the third day on 438 for eight in reply to the home side’s earlier 292. Less than 34 overs of play were possible in between the Southampton showers, with Darren Stevens making 40 and Geraint Jones 36 for the visitors. James Tomlinson was the leading Hampshire bowler and has figures of four for 79 so far in the innings.
In Group A of the Clydesdale Bank 40, Mark Pettini hit a run-a-ball 111 to help Essex to victory over Worcestershire at New Road. He was backed up by an elegant 62 from Tom Westley during an opening partnership of 113, while Ryan ten Doeschate added late momentum with an unbeaten 24-ball 50 to take the Eagles to 269 for four. Phil Hughes top-scored in the Royals’ reply with 68 off 75 balls, but Essex bowled well and restricted them to 244 for eight.
In Group B, Glamorgan hammered a weakened Scotland by eight wickets in Cardiff. The Saltires were without captain Gordon Drummond and all-rounder Jan Stander due to work commitments and struggled to 151 for nine after electing to bat. Jim Allenby and John Glover took three wickets each for the home side, while stand-in captain Preston Mommsen top-scored for the visitors. In reply, Gareth Rees hit an unbeaten 60 off 81 balls as the Dragons won with 12 overs to spare.
In Group C, Northamptonshire hammered the Unicorns in a reduced overs game at Wormsley. Rain meant the match was reduced to 34 overs aside before the start, and the nominal home side could make only 163 for eight as Lee Daggett and James Middlebrook shared seven wickets. Alex Wakely and David Sales shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 84 in the Steelbacks’ successful run chase.
Derbyshire were set 315 to win by Australia A after the tourists had declared their second innings on 221 for seven. They faced 73 overs and reached 270 for nine as the last-wicket pair of Chris Durham and Mark Footitt played out the final 35 balls to earn the draw. Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Johnson shared seven wickets, while Usman Khawaja and Dan Redfern hit aggressive half-centuries for the home side.
Stats of the day: Adam Lyth became the first Yorkshireman to carry his bat since Joe Sayers against Durham in 2007. His final score of 248 not out is also the highest by a Yorkshire batsman since Darren Lehmann’s 339 against Durham in the last match of the 2006 season and the highest score by one carrying his bat. He becomes the 14th player to achieve the feat, but some of those have done so more than once.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Trent Bridge
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Surrey at Edgbaston
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Kent at Southampton
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Grace Road
Group A, CB40, Lancashire v Gloucestershire at Old Trafford (starts as 1540 GMT)
The home side have named their usual 13 for their first match in over a week. Both teams can still realistically qualify for the semi-finals; a win would move Gloucestershire up to first, while Lancashire have two games in hand over them and could move up to third.
Weather Forecast: Sunshine and showers are again the order of the day for tomorrow. Most likely to catch a shower are those in central and eastern England. Temperatures will be peak at between 17 and 20 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
It is understood that two counties have made formal 28-day approaches for Warwickshire fast-bowler Boyd Rankin. It is though that the Bears are struggling to match the Irishman’s increased salary demands.
Somerset batsman Alex Barrow, who collided with an advertising board during yesterday’s match against Glamorgan at Taunton has been cleared of serious injury. He was on the field for Craig Meschede, who damaged a tendon on the end of his finger.
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