Four early wickets, rain, and the resulting unfavourable Duckworth Lewis calculation were enough to more or less eliminate Derbyshire from this year's Clydesdale Bank 40 competition as they lost to Kent at the County Ground.
Kent captain Rob Key won the toss and, with half an eye on the weather, inserted the home side who slumped to 46 for four after 13 overs by the time the rain arrived. Matt Coles bowled well and took the wicket of Chesney Hughes, while Darren Stevens picked up the wickets of Wes Durston and Wayne Madsen from his two overs.
The rain relented finally to allow a 14 over aside match to take place, so Derbyshire trudged out to face one more over in their first innings. Unfortunately, for Kent, off-spinner James Tredwell had to bowl it - with a very wet ball - and it was dispatched for 16, mainly thanks to Jon Clare, and the Falcons ended on 62 for five.
This was adjusted by D/L to leave Kent needing 67 to win off 14 overs with all ten wickets in hand, which, in spite of a fiery opening spell by Mark Turner and a probing one by Tim Groenewald, they managed. Turner caused Billings some difficulty on two occasions with bouncers, while Groenewald was his typical accurate self.
Rob Key was the only man to fall, strangled down the leg-side to give Turner a much-deserved wicket, but Billings found his stride and hit a couple of shots over the covers, while Sam Northeast hit a couple of back foot drives and the game was won with more than three overs remaining.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Lancashire v Somerset at Aigburth
The home side have been forced to leave out all-rounder Tom Smith due to a thigh strain and have instead called up batsman Andrea Agathangelou. Oliver Newby, Gary Keedy and Simon Kerrigan are all named in the 13-man squad. Somerset will be without Alex Barrow and Craig Meschede, who both picked up injuries during the CB40 win over Glamorgan.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Warwickshire at Uxbridge
Middlesex will once again be captained by Chris Rogers and will be without England bowler Steven Finn as they host Championship favourites Warwickshire. The Bears are boosted by the return of wicket-keeper Tim Ambrose from his thigh strain and have sent Richard Johnson back to Derbyshire to continue his loan spell.
Day One, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Worcestershire at Hove
The home side will be captained by Ed Joyce (see County News In Brief below) and have also named Kirk Wernars in their squad. Worcestershire could well hand a first-class debut to leg-spinner Brett D’Oliveira, who has replaced the injured Shaaiq Choudhry in their squad. Neither David Lucas nor Chris Russell are included for the trip to Hove.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Essex v Leicestershire at Chelmsford
Ravi Bopara continues to sit out for “personal reasons” but other than that Essex are at full strength and once again boast India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in their 13-man squad.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Gloucestershire at Swansea
The Welsh side have added Robert Croft and Nick James to the eleven that drew at Canterbury as they kick off the 2012 Swansea festival. Gloucestershire, meanwhile, have recalled wicket-keeper Richard Coughtrie at the expense of Jon Batty, while Chris Dent could play his first Championship game for more than eight weeks after making his comeback from a finger injury during last night’s CB40 defeat to Lancashire.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Yorkshire at Wantage Road
Jack Brooks is ruled out through injury, although Chaminda Vaas has been named in the 12-man squad. Andrew Hall, Stephen Peters, Olly Stone and David Willey are also included. Yorkshire are without on-loan fast-bowler Stephen Harmison, who has picked up a side strain, while Ryan Sidebottom is still out with his calf injury.
Group B, CB40, Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Trent Bridge (1510 GMT start)
Luke Fletcher could make his first-team return after being named in the Outlaws’ 12-man squad. Graeme White in also included as James Taylor is away with England.
Day One, Tour Match, Durham v Australia A at Chester-le-Street
The home side could hand first-class debuts to as many as three players after naming Johann Myburgh, Keaton Jennings (see County News In Brief below) and Paul Coughlin in their 12-man squad. Mark Stoneman will lead the side which sees a return to action for Ian Blackwell.
Weather Forecast: There will be patchy rain throughout England and Wales tomorrow, with the worst of it in the west. After an overcast start, there should be plenty of sunshine in between the showers with temperatures peaking at between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Durham are set to offer a contract to South Africa Under-19 all-rounder Keaton Jennings. He is the son of former Proteas coach Ray Jennings, although his mother is from Sunderland. He played six matches for Gauteng last winter in South Africa, but has now opted to pursue a career in England.
Scotland have moved their Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture on August 19th against Somerset away from the flood-damaged Citylets Grange in Edinburgh to Uddingston. The match will start at 1000 GMT. The match against Durham on Sunday had earlier been switched away from the Grange.
Darren Maddy is believed to be close to signing a one-year contract extension with Warwickshire.
Northamptonshire CCC club chaplain The Rev Cannon Michael Baker has died. A statement on the club website said, “Michael was a keen follower of cricket and a regular visitor to the club, often going to the committee room to watch a game. Northants Cricket would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Michael’s family and friends at this time.”
Mike Yardy has stood down as Sussex captain with immediate effect in order to concentrate on his batting. He will still lead the team on Finals Day on 25th August, but Ed Joyce will replace him for all other matches.
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