Chesney Hughes almost broke a century-old record on the second day in Leeds, but was left stranded four short of George Davidson’s 274 scored in 1896. Elsewhere, Essex took a slender lead over Hampshire, Leicestershire were saved by Shiv Thakor and Matthew Boyce against Gloucestershire and Will Smith bit a welcome century for Durham at Trent Bridge.
Will Smith finally found some form and hit his 14th first-class century on day two against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Durham struggled initially in reply to the home side’s 320 and reached 148 for five at one point as all of the Notts seamers struck. However, Smith finally found support from his captain Paul Collingwood and the pair added 115 for the sixth-wicket. Collingwood was removed towards the end of the day for 64 by former England team-mate Stuart Broad, but Smith remained. He finished unbeaten with 119 as Durham closed just 23 runs behind on 297 for six.
Chesney Hughes carried his bat for 270 - only four short of the 117-year-old county record for the highest individual score - as runs continued to flow on the second day at Headingley. Hughes took Derbyshire’s first innings total to 475 and was probably only deprived of the record by last man Tim Groenewald, who was bowled by Adil Rashid (three for 122) for a duck. Yorkshire’s openers then set about the Derbyshire attack with glee. Adam Lyth and Joe Root added 126 in good time before Groenewald atoned for his batting failure by having Lyth caught for 69. Root, though, remained and finished on 75 as Yorkshire reached stumps on 164 for one.
In Division Two, an innings of 74 from Graham Napier gave Essex a useful 57-run first innings lead over Hampshire. Following the departure of Alastair Cook for 59 the score read 156 for eight, but Napier and Tim Phillips shared 87 for the ninth-wicket. Napier finally became Chris Wood’s first victim when on 74, but Phillips ended not out on 40 as Essex were all out for 257. James Tomlinson and Danny Briggs were the picks of the visitors’ attack with three wickets apiece. Hampshire then lost openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams early to David Masters in their second innings, but Liam Dawson and George Bailey ensured against further loss and they reached stumps 20 runs ahead on 77 for two.
Gloucestershire closed day one at Grace Road on 31 for two shortly after bowling the home side out for 250. Leicestershire struggled early on after winning the toss and electing to bat as Benny Howell wreaked havoc to help reduce them to 52 for five. Fortunately, Matthew Boyce and the increasingly dependable Shiv Thakor made sure that there would be no repeat of last week’s horror show against Leeds/Bradford MCCU and added 125 for the sixth-wicket. Boyce became victim number four for Howell when on 55, with Jigar Naik making just seven before giving the Frenchman his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket. Claude Henderson then added a late 33 off 30 balls following Thakor’s departure for 75 to haul the home side up to 250.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (all matches start at 1100 BST, 1000 GMT)
day three, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Durham at Trent Bridge
day one, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove
The home side have named an unchanged squad for the visit of the county champions following their draw against Surrey last week, meaning that Matt Prior is again included ina 12-man squad.
Sussex squad: Ed Joyce (captain), Chris Nash, Luke Wells, Michael Yardy, Matt Prior, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Ben Brown, Chris Jordan, Steve Magoffin, James Anyon, Monty Panesar, Andy Miller.
Warwickshire are boosted by the availability of England stars Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell, as well as the return to fitness of Boyd Rankin. Rikki Clarke is also include despite suffering an injury scare during the tense draw against Somerset. Keith Barker is still out because of injury.
Warwickshire squad: Jim Troughton (captain), Varun Chopra, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Laurie Evans, Tim Ambrose, Rikki Clarke, Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel, Chris Wright, Boyd Rankin, Tom Milnes, Ateeq Javid.
day three, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Headingley
day three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford
day one, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Lancashire at Colwyn Bay
The first outground fixture of the 2013 season pits two promotion hopefuls against one another. Glamorgan have added seam-bowler John Glover to the side that thrashed Worcestershire in their last match, although he is unlikely to make the final eleven.
Glamorgan squad: Mark Wallace (captain), Ben Wright, Will Bragg, Stewart Waltes, Marcus North, Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Mike Reed, John Glover.
Wayne White and Tom Smith are the players added to Lancashire’s most recent eleven for their trip to North Wales. Both will hope to edge their way into the side at the expense of possibly Luke Procter.
Lancashire squad: Glen Chapple (captain), Paul Horton, Luke Procter, Karl Brown, Ashwell Prince, Simon Katich, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross, Kyle Hogg, Simon Kerrigan, James Anderson, Tom Smith, Wayne White.
day one, LV=CCD2, Kent v Northamptonshire at Canterbury
The home side are hit by the news that influential all-rounder Darren Stevens will miss the match due to a knee injury. He will be replaced in the final eleven by either Calum Haggett or Alex Blake.
Kent squad: James Tredwell (captain), Rob Key, Sam Northeast, Brendan Nash, Mike Powell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Geraint Jones, Matt Coles, Calum Haggett, Mark Davies Charlie Shreck, Alex Blake.
Northamptonshire are likely to name an unchanged eleven given their table-topping start to the season, meaning that England Under-19 seamer Olly Stone will again be left on the bench.
Northamptonshire squad: Stephen Peters (captain), Kyle Coetzer, David Sales, Alex Wakely, Rob Newton, Andrew Hall, James Middlebrook, David Murphy, Steven Crook, David Willey, Trent Copeland, Olly Stone.
day two, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Gloucestershire at Grace Road
day one, MCCU match, Oxford MCCU v Worcestershire at The Parks
day one, MCCU match, Somerset v Cardiff MCCU at Taunton Vale
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will see something of a north-south split to the weather. The south and east will be bathed in sunshine for most of the day with temperatures peaking at as high as 16 degrees Celsius. Further north and west it will be overcast with patchy light rain and temperatures no higher than around 12 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket New In Brief:
Former Lancashire players Jack Simmons and Jim Cumbes have been elected as vice-presidents of the club. Cumbes stepped down as chief executive at the end of last season as well as representing the county as a seam bowler, while Simmons, a spin-bowler, was chairman of the club for 11 years until 2009. Former committee member Keith Hayhurst was also elected vice-president as last night’s AGM. Other appointments included Michael Cairns as chairman, Geoffrey Shindler as vice-chairman, and Paul Allott, Les Platts and Maurice Watkins as members of the new Red Rose board.
Yorkshire CCC have appointed Mark Arthur as their new chief executive from 7th May. Arthur worked for the old Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) before becoming chief executive at Nottinghamshire CCC. He then took up the same role with Nottingham Forest FC for 13 years until he was relieved of his post in January.
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