There were wins for Middlesex, a first Championship one of the season for Derbyshire, and Surrey in today’s county cricket action. Elsewhere, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire will be eyeing victory on the final day in their respective matches.
Middlesex had relatively little difficulty in wrapping up victory over Durham on the third day at Lord’s. They knocked off the additional 44 runs that they needed for the loss of Adam Voges (36) and Neil Dexter (25). Eoin Morgan ended not out on 39, while Graham Onions finished with match figures of nine for 102 in the losing cause.
Derbyshire put a huge dent into Sussex’s title hopes as they recorded their first win of the season on day three at Hove. Tim Groenewald ended with five for 40 as Sussex could muster just 133 in their second innings. They quickly collapsed to 29 for five as Mark Footitt (3-39) supplemented Groenewald’s early strikes by taking two early wickets of his own. Luke Wright ensured that the hosts at least reached three figures with a knock of 49. Derbyshire’s openers Ben Slater and Chesney Hughes then set about their pursuit of 174 with relish. The pair added 69 in 14 overs before Hughes was bowled by Chris Jordan for 34 off 43 balls. Captain Madsen, though, joined Slater to guide his side home, ending on 62 with 21 year-old Slater on 66.
Somerset could yet slip to defeat on the final day at Taunton of the rain stays away. They reached stumps on 188 for nine in their second innings - still 41 runs shy of the follow-on target against Nottinghamshire. It could have been worse as Luke Fletcher (3-24), Harry Gurney (2-33) and Andre Adams (2-56) helped reduce them to 81 for six, but Craig Meschede hit 59 from number eight, while George Dockrell chipped in with 23.
Jeetan Patel hit 63 and Chris Woakes took four wickets as Warwickshire fought back against Yorkshire at Headingley. Patel’s 84-ball knock lifted the Bears to 309 in their first innings and saw them take a slender seven-run lead. Woakes then took four for 31, finding support from Boyd Rankin (2-20) and Patel (1-23) as Yorkshire closed on 148 for seven in their second innings. Gary Ballance again top-scored, this time with just 45.
In Division Two, Hampshire still trail Glamorgan by 14 runs despite closing strongly on 116=5 for two in their second innings. Michael Carberry made 62 and put on 82 for the second-wicket with Liam Dawson (34). Glamorgan had earlier earnt a three-figure first innings lead thanks to contributions from all of their remaining batsmen. Chris Cooke fell eight short of a maiden first-class ton and took his overnight partnership with Jim Allenby (62) to 127. John Glover then finished not out on 51, while Mark Wallace (39), Graham Wagg (33) and Dean Cosker (39) all made at least 30.
Leicestershire’s batsmen continued to struggle against Lancashire at Grace Road. They had slipped to 128 for five by stumps in their second innings after being asked to follow-on and still trail by 98 runs. Kyle Hogg dispatched both openers cheaply, while there was a wicket apiece for Glen Chapple and Andrea Agathangelou. The Foxes had earlier been bundled out for 154 in their first innings as Tom Smith helped wrap things up to end with three for 35.
The best that Gloucestershire can hope for on the final day at Wantage Road is a draw after they closed 178 runs in arrears against Northamptonshire on 31 without loss in their second innings. The home side had finally declared their first innings at 567 for four earlier in the day as David Sales finished on 255 not out and added an unbroken 170 with Andrew Hall (55 not out) for the fifth-wicket.
Less than eight overs were bowled on the third day at New Road as Worcestershire progressed to 241 for seven in reply to Kent’s 324. Tom Fell added 11 to his overnight score and is now 25 short of a maiden century. Jack Shantry is at the other end on 30 not out.
A young Surrey side trounced Scotland by 100 runs in Group B of the Yorkshire Bank 40. 18 year-old Zimbabwean all-rounder Tom Curran took five for 34, while Zafar Ansari took four for 42 as the Saltires were bowled out for 203 in pursuit of Surrey’s 303. Scotland openers Freddie Coleman (48 off 56 balls) and Hamish Gardiner (53 off 71) got their side off to a good start with a stand of 94, but Ansari removed the middle-order and Curran the lower as only three other batsmen reached double figures. Jason Roy had earlier smashed 113 off only 86 balls for the Brown Caps and added 126 with Vikram Solanki (63 off 46) for the second-wicket. Glamorgan’s Ruaidhri Smith chipped in with three for 48 for the Saltires.
day four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Nottinghamshire at Taunton
day four, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Headingley
day four, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Glamorgan at Southampton
day four, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Lancashire at Grace Road
day four, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Wantage Road
day four, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Kent at New Road
Weather Forecast: A band of occasionally heavy rain will come in from the south-west early in the morning and affect most of England by midday. It should clear from the west late in the afternoon. Temperatures will peak at between 17 and 20 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Middlesex CCC have confirmed that Australian-born opener Sam Robson has qualified to represent England. Robson has spent a minimum of 210 days in England or Wales for each of the last four years and thus qualifies through residency. His registration with Middlesex has also been changed as, now he has qualified for England, the club will receive Performance-Related Fee Payments from the ECB for fielding young England-qualified players.
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