There was enough cricket played in between the rain delays today to provide some interesting talking points. Shivnarine Chanderpaul made up for a delayed start at Derby by hitting an unusually brisk century, while Adam Lyth found himself on a hat-trick at Taunton, and Jack Shantry out-bowled Alan Richardson to be Essex’s unexpected tormentor at New Road.
It was another poor day for Somerset as they had to watch Yorkshire rack up 450 for five on the third day at Taunton before declaring and were then given a scare by Adam Lyth’s innocuous offerings. Resuming on 341 for five, Yorkshire’s overnight pair of Adil Rashid and Andrew Hodd added a further 109 without being parted before Andrew Gale ended the home side’s misery. Rashid completed his third century of the season as he continues to make the most of the opportunity afforded by Azeem Rafiq’s injury, while Hodd ended on 68.
Steven Patterson then took two wickets and helped reduce Somerset to 120 for four in their first innings in spite of a sprightly 74 from captain Marcus Trescothick. It was then that Lyth was called upon to break a stubborn stand of 52 between Alex Barrow and James Hildreth. He bowled Barrow for 26 and had Peter Trego dismissed very next ball to find himself on a hat-trick. Craig Meschede, though, survived and ended on 16, with Hildreth on 76 and Somerset on 232 for six.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit the first century of his Derbyshire career as they recovered from a poor start to reach stumps on 232 for two on day one against Surrey. Chris Tremlett removed Chesney Hughes for a golden duck in his opening over, while Billy Godleman followed in Tim Linley’s sixth to make it 29 for two. Chanderpaul and Wayne Madsen, though, added an unbroken 203 for the third-wicket. Chanderpaul is unbeaten on 112 with Madsen on 92.
In Division Two, the final day of the match at New Road looks like being a race for bonus points, with Worcestershire having barely started their first innings after bowling Essex out for 215. Jack Shantry helped the hosts earn the upper hand by taking seven for 69, causing Essex to slip to 115 for seven at one point. Tom Westley was the only one of the top-order to hold firm and shared a crucial eighth-wicket stand of 91 with Sajid Mahmood (54) that helped them gain one bonus point. Eventually he was ninth man out for 90, with David Masters then out for four to give Shantry his seventh wicket.
There was no play on the second day of the match at Tunbridge Wells between Leicestershire and Kent due to rain. The visitors are on 74 for four in their first innings.
Play finally got underway at Wantage Road with Hampshire closing day two on 149 for five against Northamptonshire. Trent Copeland did the bulk of the damage for the home side, taking four for 49 from 28 overs. Only Liam Dawson passed 50 for Hampshire, ending with a determined 57 off 179 balls, while Adam Wheater returned for injury and delighted briefly with 40 off 54 balls.
Gloucestershire finished day two at Aigburth on 143 for four after bowling out the home side for 310. Alex Gidman is unbeaten on 54 and added an unbroken 77 with Benny Howell (32 not out) for the fifth-wicket. Glen Chapple had struck twice in the first 15 overs, including removing Michael Klinger in his second over for just two. Craig Miles had earlier ended with six for 88 to help restrict Lancashire. He removed Simon Katich four short of his century and was only held up thereafter by a last-wicket partnership of 66 between Kyle Hogg (45) and Simon Kerrigan (21 not out).
day two, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby
day four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton
day one, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove
The visitors return to Championship action and have named a strong 12-man squad that includes Graeme White, who will start a one-month loan deal with Northamptonshire imminently. The match will start at midday to give Sussex chance to recover from their Yorkshire Bank 40 day/nighter this evening.
Nottinghamshire squad: Chris Read (captain), Alex Hales, Ed Cowan, Michael Lumb, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, Paul Franks, Graeme White, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Ajmal Shahzad.
day three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Leicestershire at Tunbridge Wells
day three, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Gloucestershire at Aigburth
day three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Hampshire at Wantage Road
day four, LV= CCD2, Worcestershire v Essex at New Road
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will start overcast but dry, becoming increasingly sunny during the day. There will be a chance of catching a brief shower during the afternoon for the north and the midlands but these will soon clear. Temperatures will be warmer and peak at between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Kent chief executive Jamie Clifford has said that the club are in no rush to sign an overseas player to replace Brendan Nash, who recently registered as a Kolpak player.
Leicestershire left-arm spinner Claude Henderson has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. The 40 year-old joined the club in 2004 and has won three Twenty20 titles during his time there. He will return to his native South Africa in October to take up a career in coaching and the media.
Northamptonshire and England legend Allan Lamb has been appointed to the board of the club that he represented for 18 years. Lamb said, “The new CEO [at Northamptonshire] David Smith wants to go places. He’s an ex-cricketer I played against. I know his direction. I always want to be with winners and that’s the direction I see this club going.”
The injured pair of Keith Barker and Ian Westwood are likely to return to Championship action for Warwickshire next week to help the Bears with their faltering title defence. Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Laurie Evans are, however, likely to be sidelined for a while longer yet.
Alan Richardson is likely to play for Worcestershire in one-day cricket this season after becoming a four-day specialist in recent times in order to prolong his career. He said, “I do miss the one-day stuff and I was insanely jealous after our YB40 win down at Sussex. I just miss being part of the team.” Richardson’s workload will still be managed, but he is likely to play at least some of the county’s Friends Life t20 games this year.
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