It was another sun-drenched day on the county circuit, with wins for Durham, Essex, Northamptonshire, Middlesex, Somerset and Gloucestershire in the Yorkshire Bank 40. In the LV= County Championship, Ricky Ponting tormented Derbyshire a little longer before their game at Derby ended in the anticipated draw, while Nottinghamshire moved into a good position with a day to go at Hove.
Ricky Ponting was run out eight short of a debut Surrey double-hundred as his side finally declared their first innings closed at 553 for eight on the final day at Derby. Besides Ponting, there were contributions of 59 from Steven Davies and 45 from Gary Wilson before Surrey declared. Derbyshire then had little difficulty in playing out the remainder of the game for the draw and finished on 164 for three with Chesney Hughes making 68 and Chris Tremlett taking the three wickets.
Nottinghamshire lead by an imposing 354 runs over Sussex after closing day three at Hove on 304 for nine in their second innings. They lost two early wickets to Steve Magoffin after earning a 50-run first innings lead by dismissing the hosts for 306. However, Ed Cowan and James Taylor both fell just shy of three figures and added 151 for the third-wicket. Cowan made 81 before being bowled by Chris Nash, while James Taylor was caught behind off Chris Jordan for 97. There was then a run-a-ball unbeaten 56 from Paul Franks as Nottinghamshire closed in a strong position.
Northamptonshire defeated Kent by 29 runs in Group A of the Yorkshire Bank 40. Their captain Alex Wakely hit 102 off only 77 balls as they made a promising 263 for four from their 40 overs after being asked to bat. Wakely shared 144 with Rob Newton for the third-wicket before Newton was forced to retire hurt on 88. Trent Copeland then took four for 46 as Kent were bowled out for 234 in their run chase. They had begun well thanks to an opening stand of 64 between Sam Northeast (41) and Sam Billings (57) but were unable to build on it.
Durham beat Group B stragglers Lancashire by 39 runs at Chester-le-Street. Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard both passed 50 and added 126 in 14 overs for the home side after they had been asked to bat. Cameos of 40 from 33 balls from Ben Stokes and 48 from 33 balls from Gordon Muchall lifted them to 297 for nine from their 40 overs. Kabir Ali marked his Lancashire first-team debut by taking a creditable two for 50 from his eight overs. Graham Onions then wrecked the early part of the Lancashire run chase, taking four wickets as they slipped to 44 for four. They did recover slightly courtesy of brisk half-centuries from Jordan Clark (72 off 62 balls) and Kabir Ali (59 off 29) but were all out for 258 in the 37th over.
Brutal centuries from Hamish Rutherford and Ryan ten Doeschate gave Essex an important victory over a winless Scotland. Despite slipping to 49 for three in the 11th over, Essex posted an enormous 368 for seven from their 40 overs. Rutherford and ten Doeschate put on 230 in little more than 22 overs for the fourth-wicket, with ten Doeschate making a particularly eye-watering 180 off only 98 balls. Scotland were never going to get close to their target and were only saved from a defeat of mammoth proportions by an undefeated 54 from wicket-keeper Matthew Cross late on.
Middlesex ended Leicestershire’s strong run in Group C by thrashing them by 10 wickets at Grace Road. Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan made mincemeat of the hosts’ 220 and knocked off the runs in little more than 30 overs. Stirling ended unbeaten on 132 off 96 balls, with Malan on 80 off 86. Leicestershire had earlier struggled after being asked to bat as five Middlesex bowlers chipped in with a brace of wickets apiece and none of their batsmen reached 50.
A late eighth-wicket partnership of 43 in 25 balls between Craig Meschede and Max Waller helped Somerset earn a tense three-wicket win over Glamorgan in front of a healthy crowd at Taunton. Peter Trego and Dean Elgar helped rebuild the Somerset run chase after the loss of two quick wickets with a third-wicket stand of 95, but more wickets left Meschede and Waller with work to do. They didn’t disappoint, with the former ending not out on 40 off 23 balls and the latter on 25 off 19. Glamorgan had earlier made a respectable 245 for nine as Ben Wright made 75 not out to help them bounce back from a poor first half. Jamie Overton did the early damage and finished with three for 45 from his eight overs.
Gloucestershire continue to top Group C after subjecting Yorkshire to another defeat. Their clutch of medium-paced seamers restricted Yorkshire to 240 for six from their 40 overs as only Phil Jaques passed 50. Michael Klinger and Gareth Roderick then added 119 for the second-wicket to leave the middle-order with little to do to secure the win. Klinger made 96 off 98 balls, with Roderick making 63 off 66.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, GMT)
day four, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove
Group A, YB40, Netherlands v Worcestershire at Rotterdam (1000)
Group B, YB40, Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford (1540)
Essex have named the same squad that was on duty today, with David Masters and Greg Smith added to the eleven that demolished Scotland.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain), Hamish Rutherford, Tom Westley, Mark Pettini, Owais Shah, Ryan ten Doeschate, Graham Napier, Sajid Mahmood, Tim Phillips, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, David Masters, Greg Smith.
Weather Forecast: It will be another mostly sunny day tomorrow, with only patchy cloud and temperatures peaking at around 19 degrees Celsius.
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