County Cricket Round-Up - 29th June 2013

Josh Cobb player pic
County Cricket Round-Up - 29th June 2013
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Derbyshire made it two wins out of two to move to the top of the North Group in the Friends Life t20. They benefited from a Leicestershire batting collapse of seven for 30 to win by 24 runs at Grace Road and condemn the home side to a second defeat.

Josh Cobb got the Foxes’ pursuit of Derbyshire’s 173 for three off to a brisk start with a rapid 47 off 26 balls, while overseas player Joe Burns made 36 off 25 balls. However, there was little else of note as the Derbyshire spinners strangled the scoring rate and blew away the middle-order. David Wainwright began the stream of wickets by catching Shakib Al Hasan spectacularly at mid-off and then picked up three for 24 with his flighted left-arm spin. Off-spinners Wes Durston and Dan Redfern returned combined figures of 6-0-41-3 to keep up the pressure, with the match ended by a comical run-out of number 11 Robbie Williams.

Durston had earlier hit 83 off only 62 balls at the top of the order for the Falcons to lead them to a strong total after they had been invited to bat. He and Chesney Hughes (34 off 20 balls) added 48 in little more than five overs for the first-wicket, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul supported Durston well in making 38 off 29 balls.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
North Group, Yorkshire v Durham at Scarborough (1440)
The Vikings have two absentees from the squad that took on Derbyshire last night. Jonny Bairstow has joined up with his England team-mates, while Iain Wardlaw will play for Scotland tomorrow against Kenya.

Yorkshire squad: Andrew Gale (captain), Adam Lyth, Dan Hodgson, Gary Ballance, Alex Lees, Adil Rashid, Richard Pyrah, Azeem Rafiq, Liam Plunkett, Ryan Sidebottom, Jack Brooks, Andrew Hodd, Joe Sayers.

Durham have Michael Richardson and Gareth Breese included, with Calum Thorp and Jamie Harrison sitting out from the 13 that lost to Lancashire.

Durham squad: Mark Stoneman, Phil Mustard, Scott Borthwick, Paul Collingwood (captain), Ben Stokes, Gordon Muchall, Michael Richardson, Gareth Breese, Mark Wood, Chris Rushworth, Max Morley, Ryan Pringle, Will Smith.

Mid/Wales/West, Gloucestershire v Worcestershire at Bristol (1430)
South, Kent v Surrey at Canterbury (1500)
South, Middlesex v Sussex at Lord’s (1430)

The home side are unchanged following their thrilling Adam Rossington-inspired win over Kent yesterday evening, with Ravi Patel and Toby Roland-Jones hoping to break into the eleven on this occasion.

Middlesex squad: Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly, Adam Voges, Adam Rossington, Neil Dexter (captain), Gareth Berg, Josh Davey, Ollie Rayner, Kyle Mills, Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones, Ravi Patel.

day one, LV=CC, Essex v England at Chelmsford (1100)
Kevin Pietersen will make his return to England’s Test line-up for the four-day LV= County Challenge match against Essex. England’s management may decide to rest a couple of their seam-bowlers and have included Boyd Rankin and Graham Onions in a 14-man squad.

England squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Boyd Rankin.

Weather Forecast: Tomorrow should be mostly dry with plenty of sunshine in the south and east. The west may see a few showers in the afternoon. Temperatures will peak at between 16 and 24 degrees Celsius.

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