The weather again intervened on the second day of matches in round five of the LV= County Championship, meaning that no play was possible in the matches involving Glamorgacamapn and Essex; Northamptonshire and Hampshire; and Oxford MCCU and Kent, while the opening day of Middlesex’s match against Worcestershire was also abandoned.
Warwickshire and Durham did manage 22 overs at Edgbaston where the home side moved from their overnight position of 116 for five to close on 195 for seven. Ian Bell found form and hit a sublime 106 to take the home side past Durham’s first innings total of 163, while Ian Blackwell picked up a couple of wickets late in the day for the visitors.
Andre Adams dug Nottinghamshire out of their batsmen-induced hole on the second day at Trent Bridge. The 36 year-old from Auckland ended with career-best figures of seven for 32, while Graeme Swann took three for 26, to hand the visitors a slender and unlikely first innings lead against Lancashire. The home side had started the day on 48 for one and must have fancied their chances of going well beyond Nottinghamshire’s woeful 169. However, only three of their batsmen reached double figures for the day as they were bowled out for just 146.
The Outlaws overcame the early loss of Alex Hales for five in their second innings to close on 122 for two with Michael Lumb unbeaten on 40 and Samit Patel on 21.
In Division Two, a Tony Palladino-inspired Derbyshire took control of their match against Gloucestershire at Derby as the journeyman seamer ended with five for 47 in the visitors’ second innings effort of 172 for nine. Chris Dent (55) and Kane Williamson had raised Gloucestershire’s hopes by adding 83 for the second wicket to counter the first-over dismissal of Benny Howell for a duck, but Jonathan Clare (three for 38) removed Williamson for 25 and helped Palladino dispense with most of the rest.
Derbyshire’s last-wicket pair had earlier added a further 26 to take their first innings score to an impressive 388 as Jonathan Clare hit a couple of lusty blows en route to a run-a-ball 48.
Anthony McGrath proved himself to be a more than effective replacement for the shunned Ajmal Shahzad on the second day against Leicestershire at Scarborough. The 36 year-old took four wickets with his wobbly medium-pace to cause the Foxes to collapse to a disastrous 116 all out. Josh Cobb’s 29 was the highest score by the visitors as their familiar batting wobbles came back to haunt them, with Steven Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom also taking five wickets between them. The visitors’ woes were compounded further before stumps as they lost Greg Smith for three after being asked to follow on.
Earlier, Yorkshire were finally bowled out for 447 in their first innings with McGrath again the man doing most of the running, hitting 90 from 194 balls. Jonny Bairstow added a further 41 to his first day score to fall for 182, while Wayne White recorded his second five-wicket haul of the season for Leicestershire.
Leeds/Bradford MCCU became the first university side to record a victory over a county in 2012 after they defeated a second-string Sussex on the final day at Leeds. The students declared their second innings on 149 for nine to leave Sussex 256 to win in what had been a low-scoring game thus far. Kent seamer Ivan Thomas dismissed most of the visiting batsman to end with figures of six for 21, while Luis Reece finished with three for 47 to give him 10 wickets in the match, as Sussex were bowled out for 176 to lose by 79 runs. Matt Machan was the sole high point for the visitors, stroking a fluent 76 from just 74 balls.
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Durham at Edgbaston
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Gloucestershire at Derby
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Hampshire at Wantage Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Yorkshire v Leicestershire at Scarborough
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Worcestershire at Lord’s
Day Three, MCCU Match, Oxford MCCU v Kent at The Parks (not first-class)
Group B, CB40, Surrey v Somerset at The Oval
The defending champions have included winter signings Jacques Rudolph and Jon Lewis in their 13-man squad. Zafar Ansari is also included after taking a break from his studies at Cambridge University.
Weather Forecast: Friday and Saturday will be mostly dry with occasional showers and highs of between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen has dedicated his century from yesterday to the memory of his unborn daughter, who died a few days ago 21 weeks into the pregnancy.
Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard has extended his contract with the club by one year to keep him at Grace Road until at least the end of 2013.
Somerset CCC are thought to be considering legal action after Chris Gayle reneged on his Friends Life t20 contract in order to increase his chances of representing the West Indies on their tour of England later this month. The club have signed South African and former Lancashire all-rounder Francois du Plessis as his replacement.
Worcestershire look likely to sign Sohail Tanvir for at least part of their Friends Life t20 campaign.
The umpires at Old Trafford have confirmed that Nottinghamshire and England all-rounder Stuart Broad will not face disciplinary action after appearing to question his dismissal yesterday.
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