There will be plenty of beer consumed in northern England tonight after Yorkshire and Durham both pulled off unexpected wins on the final day of their matches. It can’t be too often that a man carries his bat for 270 and sees his team lose by an innings but that is precisely what happened at Headingley thanks to Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Jack Brooks. Durham’s win against Nottinghamshire came courtesy of a run chase that wouldn’t disgrace a Twenty20 game, with Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard the stars in their victory.
Yorkshire pulled off a sensational win on the final day against Derbyshire at Headingley. Despite the visitors scoring 475 in the first innings, they still surrendered a lead of 202 as Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow made huge hundreds yesterday to allow Yorkshire to declare on 677 for seven early today. Jack Brooks then took five for 40 in the Derbyshire second innings as they slumped from 139 for three to be bowled out for 163 and lose by an innings and 39 runs. Wayne Madsen and Wes Durston did both make fifties and added 94 for the fourth-wicket, but Brooks and Adil Rashid (two for 61) contributed to a collapse of seven for 24.
There was an equally exciting final day at Trent Bridge as Durham won with just minutes to spare against the home side. Resuming on 77 with his side on 145 for five, Michael Lumb completed his century, but it was Graeme Swann’s 57 from number 10 that looked to have taken Nottinghamshire to safety. Scott Borthwick (four for 87) and Gareth Breese (two for 40) had chipped away throughout the day to give Durham hope, but Swann and last man Ajmal Shahzad added 75.
This left Durham needing 183 to win in 23 overs, a target that would be a tall order even in a Twenty20 match, let alone on a slow pitch against England Test bowlers in Stuart Broad and Swann. However, Broad was a disappointment and bowled too short, allowing Mark Stoneman (69 off 38 balls) and Phil Mustard (75 off 54 balls) to put on 125 in less than 12 overs for the first-wicket. From there it was relatively straightforward despite Swann taking four wickets as the visitors won with 16 balls to spare.
Rory Burns hit his second Championship century of the season as Surrey edged the first day of the London Derby against Middlesex at Lord’s. Burns saw his opening partner and captain Graeme Smith depart to Tim Murtagh for a duck in the seventh over but proceeded to add 147 with Arun Harinath for the second-wicket. Harinath was caught behind off Steven Finn for 61, but Vikram Solanki joined Burns and the two put on a further 64 prior to Solanki’s dismissal to Corey Collymore. Burns finally became Murtagh’s second victim when on 114, but Steven Davies and Zander de Bruyn batted through until stumps, taking the home side to 267 for four.
Luke Wells ended on 76 as Sussex closed day two strongly on 129 for one at Hove. Warwickshire’s lower-order had earlier hauled them up to 453 in their first innings after Jonathan Trott had departed early on four short of three figures. Chris Woakes hit 72 from number seven and shared 103 with Tom Milnes (42) for the eighth-wicket. Chris Jordan and Steve Magoffin were the picks of the Sussex attack, finishing with seven wickets between them.
In Division Two, Northamptonshire took a slender lead over Kent thanks to Stephen Peters and Steven Crook. Peters prevented a top-order implosion by hitting the 30th first-class century of his career and helped see off the threat from Mark Davies (three for 51) and Charlie Shreck (four for 80). Crook then took the game to Kent and hit a fluent 62 off only 79 balls to haul his side up to 303 - a lead of 32, which Kent then reduced by six prior to stumps.
Gloucestershire need 172 more on the final day to beat Leicestershire after reaching stumps in their run chase on 16 for none. Leicestershire’s second innings had earlier stuttered to 217 as three men - Ned Eckersley, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Josh Cobb - fell in the forties. Benny Howell was the day’s main wicket-taker with three, while there were two each for Will Gidman (four for 39) and Craig Miles.
Lancashire still trail by 15 runs after reaching stumps on day two at Colwyn Bay on 104 for four in their second innings. Michael Hogan ended as the pick of the Glamorgan attack with three for 29, while there was another scalp for the impressive Mike Reed. Murray Goodwin’s 69 had helped Glamorgan earn a 119-run first innings lead. Simon Kerrigan, though, chipped in with four for 48 and Kyle Hogg with three for 44 to limit the lead to manageable proportions.
Cardiff MCCU’s batting crumbled for the second time in the match to hand Somerset victory inside two days at Taunton Vale. Jack Leach continued his impressive form from the Championship match against Warwickshire and took four for 26 as the students were bowled out for 139 in spite of skipper Adam Miles’ 52. That left Somerset, who had earlier been bowled out for 225 in their first innings, needing just 18 in their second. They duly knocked off the runs for the loss of James Regan.
19 year-old Wilfred Marriott hit 81 as Oxford MCCU made 220 in reply to Worcestershire’s 348 for four declared on day two at The Parks. Richard Jones was the pick of the Worcestershire attack with five for 45. The visitors then closed in their second innings on 80 without loss and lead by 208 runs going into the final day.
day two, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Surrey at Lord’s
day three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove
day three, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Lancashire at Colwyn Bay
day three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Northamptonshire at Canterbury
day four, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Gloucestershire at Grace Road
day three, MCCU match, Oxford MCCU v Worcestershire at The Parks
Group B, YB40, Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford (match starts at 1640 BST, 1540 GMT)
Essex have left out David Masters as they attempt to do the double over Hampshire following their tense Championship win yesterday. Masters is rested, while leg-spinner Tom Craddock is still recovering from his finger injury and is also absent from the 13-man squad. One man who is present is Sajid Mahmood, who will be hoping to make his long-awaited Essex debut.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain), Tom Westley, Rob Quiney, Ravi Bopara, Mark Pettini, Ben Foakes, Greg Smith, Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, Sajid Mahmood, Reece Topley, Jaik Mickleburgh, Tymal Mills.
The defending champions have recalled talented gloveman Michael Bates for their opening match in the rebranded Yorkshire Bank 40, although Adam Wheater is also included in the 12-man squad and is expected to play as a batsmen, if at all. James Tomlinson and David Balcombe, as in 2012, sit out the limited-overs competitions, with David Griffiths and Hamza Riazuddin replacing them.
Hampshire squad: Jimmy Adams (captain), Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson, George Bailey, James Vince, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Chris Wood, Michael Bates, Danny Briggs, David Griffiths, Hamza Riazuddin.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will again be dry and mostly sunny, although it will cloud over in the north and west later in the day. Temperatures will again peak at between 14 and 17 degrees Celsius.
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