The rain at New Road left Nick Compton stranded on nine not out at the close of the second day, thus thwarting him is his bid to become the first man since Graeme Hick to score 1000 first-class runs before the end of May. He had arrived at the wicket following the loss of Arul Suppiah and Alex Barrow from consecutive overs, but the rain ultimately proved to be his undoing and he ended May with 950 runs at an average of 95 as Somerset closed on 27 for two. They had earlier taken the last seven Worcestershire wickets for 38 runs as Peter Trego ended with figures of five for 75, including the prized scalp of Vikram Solanki for 106.
Only nine overs were possible in the north-east where Durham ended Lancashire and Paul Horton’s resistance with the score on 170. Kyle Hogg was the first man to go as he gave Stephen Harmison his second wicket, while Graham Onions completed the 13th five-wicket haul of his career and Paul Horton carried his bat for 49. The home side faced just three balls in their first innings before the rain came, and know that they will have bat a lot better second time around if they are to overturn a 68-run first innings deficit.
The batsmen enjoyed conditions on the second day at Lord’s as Sussex’s last two wickets added 41 to their overnight total, with Middlesex then closing on 229 for three. Tim Murtagh picked up one of the visitors’ wickets to fall, that of James Anyon for 24, while Gareth Berg finally ended Monty Panesar’s resistance for 15. The hosts lost Sam Robson for a duck early in their reply, but Chris Rogers and Joe Denly (67) added 145 for the second wicket, before Rogers (93 not out) was joined by Eoin Morgan (52 not out) in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 76 prior to the close.
Glamorgan took control on the third day of their Division Two clash against Leicestershire at Cardiff. The home side declared their first innings on 558 for nine in reply to the Foxes’ 271, with skipper Mark Wallace making 118 and all-rounder James Harris hitting 48. Leicestershire lost Greg Smith in the eighth over of their second innings, but Michael Thornely (36 not out) and Ned Eckersley (37 not out) remained undefeated to take them to stumps on 84 for one.
Derbyshire closed just 12 runs ahead of Gloucestershire on 211 for five in their second innings. Wayne Madsen and Dan Redfern both made half-centuries as the visitors looked to overcome a 199-run first innings deficit. Their arrears could have been considerably more had Gloucestershire’s middle-order supported their captain Alex Gidman, who made 129, but Tony Palladino ended with four wickets and they were all out for 294.
Joe Root closed on 98 as Yorkshire reached stumps on 190 for three in reply to Northamptonshire’s 253 at Headingley. Root shared 42 for the first wicket with Adam Lyth, before Lee Daggett struck twice in quick succession to remove the talented left-hander for 25 and Phil Jaques for just three. However, he found support first from his captain Andrew Gale (17) and then from Jonny Bairstow, as England’s number six ended on 36 and added an unbroken 94 with Root for the fourth wicket.
On the day that Kevin Pietersen retired from international limited-overs cricket, James Taylor gave the England selectors a timely nudge with a sensational innings of 115 not out from only 77 balls in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Southampton. He followed up a mature innings of 66 from Samit Patel with one of breathtaking destruction to take the Outlaws to 277 for four from their 40 overs. Taylor brought up his century from only 71 balls and showed remarkable power for someone so slight in stature, using his quick hands to strike seven sixes.
In reply, Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams got Hampshire off to a flying start with half centuries and added 89 inside the first 11 overs. However, Samit Patel bowled intelligently and took three mid-innings wickets to give Nottinghamshire the advantage. The Outlaws looked to have the match in the bag following the dismissal of Sean Ervine for 66, but Dimitri asacrenhas took things into the final over, and was last man out fro a valiant 48 from 35 balls as Hampshire were dismissed for 265 to lose by 12 runs.
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Sussex at Lord’s
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Worcestershire v Somerset at New Road
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Leicestershire at Cardiff
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Derbyshire at Bristol
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Headingley
Group C Match, CB40, Kent v Warwickshire at Canterbury (match starts at 1540 GMT)
Azhar Mahmood looks likely to play his first match of the year for Kent since returning from the IPL. The home side will continue to field a young side, with Sam Billings, Adam Ball and Alex Blake all expected to feature. Meanwhile, the Bears have named Chris Woakes, Ateeq Javid and Neil Carter in their 13-man squad.
Weather Forecast: A drier, albeit still largely overcast, day is expected for tomorrow, with only the occasional light shower forecast. Temperatures will peak at between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.
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