Leicestershire crawled to 199 for six on the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Cardiff. Michael Thornely, on his first-team Leicestershire debut, added 89 for the second wicket with wicket-keeper Ned Eckersley (41), before falling to Huw Waters for 97 from 267 balls just prior to the close. Waters, Dean Cosker and Jim Allenby each took a wicket for Glamorgan during the evening session to peg the Foxes back as the Welsh county ended strongly.
The Netherlands continued their remarkable progress in this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40 competition with a trouncing of Essex at Schiedam. They bowled the visitors out for just 112, with Timm van der Gugten decimating the top order, before Ahsan Malik, Mudassar Bukhari and Pieter Seelaar chipped in with a brace of wickets each. One of the heroes from yesterday’s win over Lancashire, Michael Swart, then get the home side’s run chase off to a flying start with a fluent 40 from only 26 balls, before Tim Phillips pegged things back briefly for Essex with three mid-innings wickets. However Wesley Barresi saw the Dutch home – and ended on 20 not out – with 83 balls and five wickets to spare.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street
Dale Benkenstein returns to Durham’s 13-man squad ahead of their clash against the reigning champions. Graham Onions will be available for the full match following his commitments with England, while Stephen Harmison is again included, although there is no place for Liam Plunkett. The visitors will wrestle with the usual problem of how to balance their bowling attack, with both spinner, Gary Keedy and Simon Kerrigan, included in their 13-man squad.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Sussex at Lord’s
The home side welcome back Steven Finn from England duty and Toby Roland-Jones from an ankle injury for their match at Lord’s, while Ollie Rayner has been named as the sole spinner in the 13-man squad. Sussex have named an unchanged squad for their last Championship match ahead of the mid-season break for the Friends Life t20, with Luke Wells and Amjad Khan added to the eleven that lost to Nottinghamshire yesterday.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Somerset at New Road
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Leicestershire at Cardiff
Day One, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Derbyshire at Bristol
Gloucestershire have again named wicket-keeper Jonathan Batty in their 12-man squad, with off-spinner Jack Taylor replacing left-arm spinner Ed Young. For the visitors, Matt Linker will replace Paul Borrington at the top of the order, while Mark Turner returns to the squad at the expense of Alasdair Evans.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Headingley
The hosts have replaced former England leg-spinner Adil Rashid with Pakistan-born off-spinner Azeem Rafiq for their match against the Steelbacks. Mitchell Starc is expected to make his Championship debut for the Tykes, while Richard Pyrah returns to the 13-man squad. Meanwhile, Northamptonshire have been forced to make changes, with a hamstring injury to David Sales meaning a likely first Championship appearance of 2012 for Rob White. Continuing fitness concerns around Chaminda Vaas and Jack Brooks mean that Ollie Stone is in line for a competition debut.
Weather Forecast: A mostly sunny, occasionally overcast, day is expected for tomorrow, although a band of squally showers will make its way steadily eastwards across England during the day. Temperatures will peak at around 24 degrees Celsius in the south-east. Thursday will be cooler, again with showers, mostly in the west, while Friday and Saturday should be mostly dry.
County News In Brief:
Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell has ruled himself out of the running to become coach of Bangladesh, citing the pressures that the job would put on his young family.
Gloucestershire’s coach and captain have recommended that trialist Benny Howell be offered a full contract. The onus is now on the club’s executive committee to find the necessary funds.
Kent have confirmed that they will not be extending Middlesex batsman Scott Newman’s loan spell. The 32 year-old failed to impress during his time at Canterbury – scoring 215 runs at an average of 23.9 – and was dropped from the county’s first-team ahead of what would have been his final match.
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