County Cricket Round-Up - 3rd April

County Cricket Round-Up - 3rd April
County Cricket Round-Up - 3rd April
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We round up the news from the county scene and report on the final day of the remaining MCC University match in today’s County Cricket Round-Up.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE allowed James Taylor to complete his century before declaring their second innings on 290 for five on the final day of today’s only county match at Trent Bridge.

Resuming on 183 for two, it was the turn of Leicestershire seamer Robert Taylor to impress initially as he removed Chris Read (28), Paul Franks (16) and Ben Phillips (15) on his way to figures of three for 82. His namesake James then completed his century from 124 balls and the home side declared.

This left LOUGHBOROUGH MCCU the impossible target of 671 to chase for victory, and the teams gave up the match as a draw after the students had faced 13 overs and reached 28 for none.

The first batch of LV= County Championship matches get underway on the 5th April, and Cricket World will have a preview of those matches tomorrow.

County News In Brief:
LANCASHIRE are believed to be at the final stage in their quest to sign Junaid Khan as one of their overseas players for the Friends Life t20.

SUSSEX have signed a two-season deal with The Riverdale Cars Group, which will see the company supply vehicles to the club for the next two years.

Meanwhile, DERBYSHIRE have announced that the name of the University of Derby will be displayed on their shirts in both one-day competitions, while LEICESTERSHIRE have confirmed a five-figure deal that will see PROBIZ, a company that specialises in “wealth creation solutions”, display their name on the front of their County Championship shirts. The club is now one of nine counties that have links with the company.

ESSEX have released a strongly worded statement which defends their actions in relation to the Mervyn Westfield/Danish Kaneria spot-fixing affair. The statement reads: “Essex Cricket wish to make it clear that the players and management involved in the discovery and reporting of suspicions concerning the possible collusion of Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria in spot-fixing at the club in 2009, which ultimately led to the conviction of Mervyn Westfield, took the correct action in reporting those suspicions. The game owes a debt to the positive actions taken by the Essex players who came forward. Without them, the corruption that occurred may never have been exposed.”

GLAMORGAN seamer James Harris looks set to miss the first month of the season after suffering a recurrence of the groin injury which caused him to pull out of England Lions’ winter tour to Sri Lanka.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE have re-signed Kane Williamson for the first half of the 2012 season – although the 21 year-old will not become available for selection until the end of April – as well as signing former Durham all-rounder Paul Muchall on a two-year deal after the 25 year-old had impressed them while on a pre-season trial.

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