County Cricket Round-Up - 31st May
There were welcome wickets for Chris Tremlett as he ensured that his name was kept in the thoughts of the England selectors on the day that they bowled poorly at Lord’s. Elsewhere, Daryl Mitchell led Worcestershire’s bonus points charge against Essex and Somerset avoided the follow-on to escape with a draw against Yorkshire.
Somerset escaped with a draw on the final day against Yorkshire at Taunton. They scraped past the follow-on target of 301 as James Hildreth converted his overnight 76 into a century. They were eventually all out for 310, with the result of the match then never in doubt. Yorkshire finished on 104 for four in their second innings as Steve Kirby took two early wickets and Adam Lyth ended not out on 57.
Surrey reached stumps on the second day at Derby on 35 for one in reply to the home side’s imposing 452. Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen completed a century and took his third-wicket stand with Shivnarine Chanderpaul to 265 prior to the West Indian’s departure for 129. Former Warwickshire wicket-keeper Richard Johnson then equalled his career-best of 72 to guard against the collapse that threatened courtesy of Chris Tremlett (five for 95) and Stuart Meaker (three for 98).
Samit Patel struck a magnificent 157 to help Nottinghamshire fend off a fired-up Chris Jordan on the first day at Hove. Jordan, along with the ever-reliable Steve Magoffin, helped reduce the visitors to 112 for six after Sussex skipper Ed Joyce had won the toss. Patel, though, stood tall amidst the clatter of wickets and rebuilt the innings courtesy of partnerships of 92 with Paul Franks (36) and 114 with Ajmal Shahzad (35 not out) as Nottinghamshire ended on 321 for eight.
In Division Two, Worcestershire declared upon collecting their fourth batting bonus point as their rain-hit match against Essex ended in the inevitable draw. Captain Daryl Mitchell was the man most responsible for their total of 351 for six as he hit 156 off only 263 balls. His best partnership came alongside Moeen Ali as the pair added 127 for the second-wicket. Ali made 54, with Thilan Samaraweera not out on 70 when the declaration came. David Masters at least helped Essex collect a brace of bowling bonus points and was the pick of their attack with three for 70.
Kent dominated the third day against Leicestershire at Tunbridge Wells. They lost Daniel Bell-Drummond to Ollie Freckingham for just eight at the start of their first innings, but Rob Key and Brendan Nash couldn’t be separated. The duo both passed 50 and added an unbroken 145 as Kent closed only 27 runs adrift of the visitors’ first innings 186. Darren Stevens had been their chief destroyer, ending with five for 39, as they were unable to fashion a meaningful recovery from their overnight position of 74 for four.
Lancashire lead by 327 runs heading into the final day against Gloucestershire. They reached stumps in their second innings on 239 for seven after earning an 88-run first innings lead. After slipping to 62 for five following wickets for Graeme McCarter (two for 79) and Liam Norwell (three for 80), Ashwell Prince and Gareth Cross shared a crucial 85 prior to Prince’s departure for 64. Cross then added a further 67 with Wayne White before falling for the same score, with White ending not out on 52 off only 53 balls. Earlier, Gloucestershire’s lower-order had been unable to support Alex Gidman. He was last man out for 110, with none of the last five batsmen reaching double figures as Simon Kerrigan ended with five for 68.
Northamptonshire closed on 159 for five after dismissing Hampshire for 206 on day three at Wantage Road. Kyle Coetzer made 59, but no-one else really prospered as five of the visitors’ bowlers claimed a wicket. Mohammad Azharullah had earlier helped wrap up the Hampshire first innings, taking three wickets as they lost their last five wickets for 27 runs.
day three, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Surrey at Derby
day two, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove
day four, LV=CCD2, Kent v Leicestershire at Tunbridge Wells
day four, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Gloucestershire at Aigburth
day four, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Hampshire at Wantage Road
Group A, YB40, Worcestershire v Warwickshire at New Road (starts at 1345 BST, 1245 GMT)
The Bears are without Boyd Rankin after the Irishman was called up to England’s ODI squad, but are able to welcome back Keith Barker from injury. Sam Hain is again included in a 12-man squad and could replace Ateeq Javid from the side that beat Sussex last night.
Warwickshire squad: Jim Troughton (captain), Varun Chopra, William Porterfield, Darren Maddy, Tim Ambrose, Rikki Clarke, Ateeq Javid, Steffan Piolet, Keith Barker, Jeetan Patel, Chris Wright, Sam Hain.
Weather Forecast: It will be another mostly sunny and mostly dry day tomorrow, with only patchy cloud and the occasional shower for the far north of England. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, peaking at between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
James Middlebrook has received three penalty points after two level one breaches of the ECB’s disciplinary code during Northamptonshire’s Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Warwickshire on 27th May. The penalty for the first breach was a reprimand, with the next attracting the penalty points. The accumulation of nine penalty points during a two-year period results in an automatic suspension.
The ECB Cricket Discipline Commission has fined Leicestershire CCC £500 after it admitted breaching the rules with regard to using an unregistered agent when recruiting a player.
Durham have said that 37 year-old all-rounder Gareth Breese is likely to be out of action for around four weeks after tearing a muscle in his back.
Sussex coach Mark Robinson has branded the county schedule “ridiculous” after last night’s late finish meant that his players had around 13 hours between matches. Yesterday’s rain-affected match against Warwickshire didn’t finish until almost 11pm, with today’s Championship match against Nottinghamshire starting at midday.
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