County Cricket Round-Up - 3rd June
A doughty unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 70 in 23 overs between Ben Brown and Chris Jordan helped Sussex earn a draw on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire at Hove. Sussex had slipped to 153 for six courtesy of three wickets from Ajmal Shahzad but Brown and Jordan batted for the majority of the evening session, the former ending on 51 not out and the latter on 28.
Worcestershire kept their Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-finals hopes alive with a 44-run win over the Netherlands in Rotterdam. Daryl Mitchell and Alexei Kervezee both fell just shy of three figures as the Pears posted 293 for four from their 40 overs. Mitchell made 92 off 95 balls, with Kervezee hitting 81 off only 68 against his former team. Ben Cox then added late impetus with three sixes during an unbeaten 16-ball 34.
The home side made a promising start to their run chase and reached 176 for two after 26 overs. Wesley Barresi and Tom Cooper both passed 50 and added 92 for the third-wicket. However, following Barresi’s departure for 65, the remaining batsmen couldn’t keep up with the required run rate and they were all out for 249. Chris Russell did the bulk of the damage and finished with four for 32.
Tomorrow’s Fixture: (starts at 1540 BST, 1440 GMT)
Group C, YB40, Middlesex v Somerset at Lord’s
Middlesex will be hoping to build on yesterday’s 10-wicket demolition of Leicestershire when they host Somerset at the Home of Cricket. They have named an unchanged 13-man squad from that match, with left-arm spinner Tom Smith and seam-bowler Tom Helm battling to try and make the playing eleven.
Middlesex squad: Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, Joe Denly, Chris Rogers, Neil Dexter (captain), Adam Rossington, Gareth Berg, Ollie Rayner, James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Tim Murtagh, Tom Smith, Tom Helm.
Weather Forecast: It will be another fine and sunny day tomorrow with almost unbroken sunshine. Temperatures will peak at around 21 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Derbyshire coach Karl Krikken has complained that, so far this season, his side “seem to be on the wrong end of some [umpiring] decisions” and has attributed that to the fact that they are a “small club.” He said of Ricky Ponting’s innings of 192 last week: “I thought we were unlucky with a couple of decisions, especially when the video shows Ponting should have been out twice LBW.”
Durham one-day captain Dale Benkenstein has decided to delay an operation on his shoulder until the end of the season and should be back playing for the county in the near future. It was originally feared that he would miss the majority of the remainder of the season after sustaining a torn rotator cuff while fielding during a Championship game last month.
Neil McKenzie is set to make his 2013 Hampshire debut in Wednesday’s LV= County Championship match against Kent. The 37 year-old has been enjoying a well-earned break since the domestic season in his native South Africa finished in April. He was part of the winning Lions side that won the Twenty20 competition.
According to ESPNcricinfo, talks are ongoing at the ECB about playing the first two rounds of County Championship matches abroad in future seasons. Possible venues mooted include the UAE or Barbados - where many counties go on pre-season tours. The idea is to allow the season to start at the end of March but in better weather conditions and then benefit from the resulting easing of fixture congestion during the season that the early start would bring.
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