County Cricket Round-Up - 2nd July 2013

Jeetan Patel slides in the field.
County Cricket Round-Up - 2nd July 2013
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Oxford University captain Sam Agarwal struck a tremendous unbeaten double-hundred as his side dominated the opening day of the annual first-class Varsity fixture against Cambridge University at Fenner’s.

The game was finely balanced at 131 for three as Alasdair Pollock, Thomas Wylie and Ben Wylie took a wicket apiece. However, Agarwal dominated a fourth-wicket stand of 194 with Matt Winter - one of five Oxford players of first-class debut. The 22 year-old, India-born all-rounder reached three figures for the second time this season in first-class cricket, the third time in his career, and appears to have a bright future, having already represented Surrey second XI in 2013.

Following Winter’s dismissal to Pollock, Agarwal went onto complete his maiden double-hundred during an unbroken stand of 52 with Sam Westaway, of which the wicket-keeper contributed just five. Oxford eventually ended on 377 for four.

Worcestershire’s Alan Richardson-less bowling attack were held to ransom by the Australian batsmen on day one of their tour match at New Road. Shane Watson hit a century before lunch, while Middlesex captain Chris Rogers made 75, as the tourists ended on 340 for four on a slightly shortened day. Full report

Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (FLt20 matches start at 1830 BST)
Mid/Wales/West Group, Glamorgan v Warwickshire at Cardiff
The home side are unchanged following their win over Worcestershire on Friday night, with bowling star Graham Wagg again set to take to the field. Nick James, Stewart Walters and Alex Jones will be hoping to break into the starting eleven.

Glamorgan squad: Jim Allenby, Mark Wallace, Chris Cooke, Marcus North (captain), Murray Goodwin, Ben Wright, Nathan McCullum, Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Will Owen, Michael Hogan, Stewart Walters, Alex Jones, Nick James.

The match is Warwickshire’s first in this year’s competition and they have named retiree Darren Maddy (see County News In Brief) in a 13-man squad. A surprise is the inclusion of Pete McKay ahead of Tim Ambrose behind the stumps.

Warwickshire squad: Varun Chopra, William Porterfield, Laurie Wvans, Jim Troughton (captain), Darren Maddy, Rikki Clarke, Chris Woakes, Ateeq Javid, Pete McKay, Jeetan Patel, Chris Wright, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Steffan Piolet.

South Group, Surrey v Sussex at The Oval
day two, Worcestershire v Australians at New Road
day two, Cambridge University v Oxford University at Fenner’s

Weather Forecast: After a cloudy start, the sun should begin to peak through in the afternoon, with the best of it in the south-east initially before becoming more widespread. Temperatures will peak at between 17 and 20 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Darren Maddy is set to end a 21-year county career at the end of the season. The 39 year-old began with his native Leicestershire in 1993, winning two County Championship titles, before moving to Warwickshire for the 2007 season. The advent of Twenty20 cricket in 2003 helped Maddy re-invent himself and he was one of the early stars of the format, winning an England recall. In all, he played three Tests, eight ODIs and four T20Is for his country.

Kent captain James Tredwell has explained that the decision to axe veteran wicket-keeper Geraint Jones from the Friends Life t20 side was taken with the future in mind. 36 year-old Jones has been replaced behind the stumps by 22 year-old Sam Billings.

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