With 17 needed off 12 balls on a slow Cardiff pitch, Nathan McCullum came in and hit two sixes to help Glamorgan beat Warwickshire by four wickets with five balls to spare. The pitch prepared by the home side for this Friends Life t20 Midlands/Wales/West Group match was the format’s worst nightmare - painfully slow and offering little for either bowler or batsman - with the recent batch of Champions Trophy fixtures at the venue providing only a partial excuse.
Warwickshire could manage only 118 after being asked to bat and that was only down to a crucial fifth-wicket partnership of 60 between Darren Maddy (30) and Rikki Clarke (42). Graham Wagg continued his good form in the competition by taking three for 24, while there were two wickets for Michael Hogan. Glamorgan then lost both openers in the first two overs and struggled to score for much of their run chase. They should have found victory relatively straightforward from a position of 53 for two after eight overs, but Jeetan Patel struck twice and it was left to McCullum to spare their blushes.
The Oval played host to another thrilling and relatively low-scoring affair in the South Group. Surrey made 139 for six from their 20 overs as Gary Wilson top-scored with 44 and Michael Yardy took two for 16 from his four overs. Jade Dernbach then bowled a brilliant penultimate over in the Sussex run chase, conceding just two as well as dismissing Scott Styris (46 off 33 balls), to leave the Sharks needing 12 off the final six balls. They managed only eight.
Oxford University captain Sam Agarwal hit the highest ever score by a Blues player in first-class cricket as his side continued to dominate the Varsity match at Fenner’s. The 22 year-old finished on 313 not out off 312 balls as Oxford declared on 550 for seven on day two.
Tom Williams and Sachin Mylavarapu, both on first-class debut, then both recorded five-wicket hauls as Cambridge University were skittled for 119 in reply to trail by a mammoth 431 runs. Only four of their batsmen reached double figures, with number three Alex Hearne top-scoring with 39. Williams ended with five for 34 off 15 overs, while Singapore-born left-arm spinner Mylavarapu finished with five for 23 off 19.2.
Worcestershire ended day two of their tour match against the Australians on 246 for seven after the tourists had declared their first innings closed at 396 for four early in the morning. Nick Compton marked his maiden Pears appearance by top-scoring with 79 and added 92 with his captain Daryl Mitchell (65). However, a collapse of four for seven to Jackson Bird followed before a brief rally by Ben Cox (25) and Gareth Andrew (24 not out) prior to stumps. Full report
South Group, FLt20, Middlesex v Essex at Lord’s (1815 BST start)
The home side have made one change to their 13-man squad, with seamer Gurjit Sandhu replacing Tim Murtagh. Left-arm spinner Ravi Patel retains his place and has a “reasonable chance” of playing.
Middlesex squad: Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly, Adam Voges, Neil Dexter (captain), Adam Rossington, Gareth Berg, Ollie Rayner, Kyle Mills, Toby Roland-Jones, Gurjit Sandhu, Ravi Patel, Josh Davey.
day three, Worcestershire v Australians at New Road
day three, Cambridge University v Oxford University at Fenner’s
Weather Forecast: After an overcast start, tomorrow should be mostly dry with sunny spells. Temperatures will peak at between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius.
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