County Cricket Round-Up: 2nd September
LV County Championship Division One
Durham pulled out a first-innings of lead of 98 over Somerset, Shivnarine Chanderpaul unbeaten on 117 as they were bowled out for 272 on day two at The Riverside. Charl Willoughby took five for 56 and attempting to stay in the game, Somerset were 41 without loss in their second innings.
Sussex had the better of a rain-affected opening day at Old Trafford against Lancashire. Mal Loye hit 58 but the home side closed on 131 for five with Dwayne Smith taking two wickets.
Ian Westwood scored an unbeaten 101 as Warwickshire piled on the pressure on Worcestershire at Edgbaston. He helped his side close on an imposing 179 for one after the 48 overs that were possible on the day.
LV County Championship Division Two
Only the opening session of play was possible at Bristol and it was a good one for Surrey. They reached 96 for one, Jon Batty unbeaten on 39 and Michael Brown out for 37 before the rain intervened to call off play very early.
Debutant wicket-keeper John Simpson scored an unbeaten 60 to help Middlesex close on 205 for six on day one against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Two wickets for Johannes van der Wath had left Middlesex in early trouble and more rebuilding was needed after more wickets tumbled.
Geraint Jones scored an unbeaten 107 as Kent pushed on against Derbyshire. He carried the batting; no other batsman could pass 30, the mark reached by Rob Key and Alex Blake, who is also unbeaten overnight. Steffan Jones, on loan from Somerset, picked up three wickets, and Tom Lungley, recently returned from a loan at Lancashire, picked up a couple.
Just 17.3 overs were possible at Grace Road, where Leicestershire progressed to 39 for one against Glamorgan. Matthew Boyce fell for a duck, bowled by Garnett Kruger.
NatWest Pro40 Division One
Rain stopped play at Trent Bridge with Yorkshire on 63 for two against Nottinghamshire and the match was eventually called off, both sides taking a point apiece.
- Chris Whelan has signed a new two-year deal at Worcestershire that keeps him at New Road until 2011
- Somerset captain Justin Langer has been penalised for dissent by the ECB
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