Rain again decimated the day’s county cricket action, with the opening day of the second division match between Northamptonshire and Hampshire at Wantage Road abandoned without a ball bowled.
Only 6.5 overs were delivered on what should have been day two between Essex and Worcestershire at New Road. Essex were asked to bat by home skipper Daryl Mitchell and, as expected, handed a debut to Nick Browne. He was called on to bat before stumps and finished on nought not out after Jaik Mickleburgh departed in the sixth over to Chris Russell. Essex ended on nine for one.
Kent had the better of the 22.3 overs that were bowled on day one at Tunbridge Wells. They reduced Leicestershire to 74 for four by stumps as Darren Stevens took two late wickets and Calum Haggett one after Charlie Shreck had removed Greg Smith early. Niall O’Brien (22) and Ned Eckersley (32) added 56 following Smith’s departure but both were dismissed, along with Joe Burns, in a mini-collapse of three for six.
Lancashire recovered from a ponderous start to close on 175 for four at Aigburth against Gloucestershire. Graeme McCarter took two wickets early and helped reduce them to 26 for three before Ashwell Prince and Simon Katich added 64 for the fourth-wicket. Prince was caught behind off Liam Norwell for 29, but Steven Croft joined Katich and the two had added an unbroken 85 by the time play was called off for the day. Croft is on 43 with Katich on 73.
There was a full day’s play at Taunton on day two after yesterday’s washout. Yorkshire had the better of Somerset and ended it on 341 for five thanks to a century from Adam Lyth. He bounced back from losing his opening partner Joe Sayers in Steve Kirby’s opening over and added 82 with Phil Jaques (26) and 103 with his captain Andrew Gale prior to falling for 105. Gale made 75 and shared 80 with Gary Ballance (48) for the fourth-wicket, while there were more runs for Adil Rashid, who ended the day on 47 not out off just 50 balls.
Only nine overs were bowled in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match at Derby. Surrey raced to 100 for one after a delayed start before the rain returned, meaning that they and Derbyshire take a point apiece from the fixture.
day one, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby
day three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton
day two, LV=CCD2, Kent v Leicestershire at Tunbridge Wells
day two, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Gloucestershire at Aigburth
day two, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Hampshire at Wantage Road
day three, LV= CCD2, Worcestershire v Essex at New Road
Group A, YB40, Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove (starts at 1640 BST, 1540 GMT)
The Bears have named a 13-man squad for their latest Yorkshire Bank 40 match. They sit bottom of Group A after defeat to Northamptonshire on Bank Holiday Monday and have included young Australian-born batsman Sam Hain in their squad.
Warwickshire squad: Jim Troughton (captain), Varun Chopra, William Porterfield, Darren Maddy, Sam Hain, Rikki Clarke, Tim Ambrose, Steffan Piolet, Jeetan Patel, Chris Wright, Boyd Rankin, Ateeq Javid, Tom Milnes.
Weather Forecast: More rain will come in from the North Sea in the early hours of the morning, lightening in intensity as it moves across the country during the day. By early afternoon, most places should be dry, with the best of any brightness again confined to the west. Temperatures will peak at between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Two of Durham’s most promising cricketers have signed contract extensions. Opener Mark Stoneman has signed until the end of the 2015 season, while all-rounder Mark Wood has penned a three-year deal, keeping him at Chester-le-Street until the end of the 2016 season.
Dirk Nannes has pulled out of his Friends Life t20 contract with Glamorgan after suffering a stress fracture in his back while playing in the Indian Premier League. Glamorgan will look to find a replacement from players involved in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, which finishes shortly before the FLt20 begins.
Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme White has signed a one-month loan deal with his former club Northamptonshire as he looks to play four-day cricket. He will be available for the Championship matches against Leicestershire and Lancashire and will provide cover for injured left-arm spinner Con de Lange. Under the terms of the arrangement between the two clubs, White will still play for Notts in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and may well do so in the Friends Life t20 when it begins at the end of June.
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