Ajmal Shahzad hit Steve Harmison for four as Lancashire scraped to a two-wicket win in the final over of their match against Durham. The visitors, resuming on 56 for one after rain had wiped out the morning session, lost wickets at regular intervals throughout the afternoon as Graham Onions took six for 52 and carried the home side’s bowling attack. Ashwell Prince had made 51 for the defending champions, but he fell to make it 159 for six, and when Onions picked up Gareth Cross and Glen Chapple from consecutive overs from the Finchdale End, Lancashire still needed 32 to win and Durham were suddenly favourites. Fortunately for the visitors, Shahzad and Kyle Hogg saw things through with four balls to spare in the 60th over as Lancashire recorded their first Championship win of 2012.
Middlesex seamers Gareth Berg and Steven Finn ended with three wickets apiece to help the home side record a ten-wicket win over Sussex at Lord’s. Finn struck first this morning, removing Chris Nash for 40, and Murray Goodwin less than four overs later. Gareth Berg then got in on the act with the wickets of Joe Gatting (18) and Luke Wright (13), before Toby Roland-Jones had Michael Yardy caught by Eoin Morgan to make it 101 for six. Naved Arif (15) hung around with Ben Brown (53) during a seventh-wicket stand of 63 which delayed the inevitable, while Steve Magoffin hit 37 as the visitors were eventually dismissed for 225. This left Middlesex needing 18 to win, which they knocked off inside four overs.
Craig Kieswetter had some fun before Worcestershire and Somerset shook hands on a draw at New Road. The visitors, resuming on 277 for seven, were bowled out for 298 with Jack Shantry completing the second five-wicket haul of his career. Worcestershire got off to steady start in their second innings, before George Dockrell caused some brief excitement with three wickets, but they eventually closed on 129 for seven, with Kieswetter finishing with figures of two for three from three overs after having Matthew Pardoe bowled for 28 and Gareth Andrew trapped in front for a duck.
In Division Two, Northamptonshire overcame the early loss of Stephen Peters to emerge with a comfortable draw against Yorkshire at Headingley. Alex Wakely made 66 and shared 65 with Rob White (42) for the fourth wicket to blunt any threat posed by the Yorkshire seamers, as they closed on 250 for six in their second innings.
Surrey won low-scoring, rain-affected Clydesdale Bank 40 encouner against Glamorgan at Cariff. Steve Davies dominated a 40-run opening partnership with his captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, who made just three, before falling to Will Owen for 58 from 48 balls.Zander de Bruyn anchored the latter half of the visitors' innings with a 79-ball 52, before he was out from the final ball of the 40th over with the score on 173.
Glamorgan slumped to 107 for nine in their innings before rain came to spare them further torment at the end of the 26th over. Murali Kartik did the bulk of the damage with four for 27 in his first match for the Lions.
Group A, CB40, Middlesex v Netherlands at Lord’s (all CB40 matches start at 1245 GMT)
The home side have named a large 16-man squad for their match against the table-topping Dutch, with the England pairing of Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn both included.
Group B, CB40, Durham v Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street
Group B, CB40, Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval
The home side have named the same 13-man squad which played today against Glamorgan, with Gary Wilson and Tim Linley hoping to force their way into the starting eleven. Hampshire are also unchanged, with Hampshire coach Giles White professing himself to be “pleased with the way this team’s performing in one-day cricket”.
Group C, CB40, Unicorns v Sussex at Southend-on-Sea
Group C, CB40, Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Headingley
Day Two, Tour Match, Leicestershire v West Indians at Grace Road
Weather Forecast: The prospects for play tomorrow don’t look too promising with a band of light, but persistent, rain expected to be in place across central England throughout the day. The matches to the far north and far south may escape the worst, but temperatures will remain low, with highs of between nine and 14 degrees Celsius.
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